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 Author Kandi J. Wyatt lets us in on the Epic Fantasy Genre!
At first when I said I’d write about epic fantasy, I thought it’d be easy. Then I began to think, what is epic fantasy? So, off to Google I went. I found several sites that discussed it but not one agreed whole-heartedly with the other. Most did agree that it was fantasy with epic proportions. Well, that wasn’t very helpful. Back to Google, what is epic? Basically epic means any long poem handed down through oral traditions that related deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary characters or told the tale of the history of a nation. The adjective epic indicates heroic or grand scale.
So, if we go with that, an epic fantasy must be something that is long, contains myths or is a mythology, has grand deeds and adventures of heroic characters or characters that will be legendary, and tell tales of characters who change their world. With that tall order, we now have our definition of epic fantasy.
I’m now beginning to question my own judgment of even wanting to call any of my books epic fantasy! I’ve considered Journey from Skioria epic middle grade fantasy, but it definitely isn’t long, even for middle grade fantasy. It does have myths told within the story and the characters go on a long journey, however they don’t really change their world in the process nor have grand deeds. So, I guess, I’ll leave that to the reader to decide. Maybe there are enough elements to introduce the idea of epic fantasy to young readers.
Connect with Kandi J. Wyatt
Twitter and Instagram: @kandijwyatt
Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt, had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that's her own five or the hundreds of students she's been lucky to teach. When Kandi's not spinning words to create stories, she's using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership.
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