Welcome to our All About Sub-Genre Series in which we discuss the ins and outs of various corners of the broader fantasy market.
Today we have guest host Jenelle Leanne Schmidt to tell us about the High Fantasy Subgenre
High Fantasy is a genre that is fairly difficult to pin down. Readers will often disagree on whether or not a particular book fits into the “high fantasy” category, and to some, it is considered to be more a badge of honor given to certain excellent stories within the overall Fantasy label than an actual genre in and of itself.
However, despite all that, there are at least ten objective elements that are required for a book to even be considered for the High Fantasy label.
Of course, since most High Fantasy is held up to the standard of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the nature of discerning whether or not a certain novel or series can indeed be labelled as “High Fantasy” is somewhat subjective. Just because a novel contains several or all of the above items does not mean that everyone will agree that it deserves the moniker. These elements can help narrow it down, however.
So, if you are interested in a story that allows you to adventure through amazing realms set in a medieval era with a large cast of heroic characters for thousands of pages in an epic battle of good versus evil, then High Fantasy is definitely the genre for you!
About Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
Jenelle is a rare and elusive creature known as an "author." She enjoys wandering in the woods, opening doors in search of hidden passageways, and carrying on animated conversations with those strange and invisible beings known as "characters."
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