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 David Millican to break down Urban Fantasy.
If you have ever yelled “Expecto Patronum” at a spider or wished “Wizard for Hire” accompanied your name in the yellow pages, then you’re probably a fan of Urban Fantasy. As with all sub-genres of fantasy Urban covers a vast array of niches. The core element though is a contemporary setting. Whether it is wizarding world under the noses of muggles, the barely hidden world of Harry Dresden, or the revealed Fae in Mercy Thompson the setting is the world around us.
Many feel that Urban Fantasy being more accessible to non-fantasy readers accounts for its rise in popularity. I would like to offer a different view. Lord of the Rings, Shannara, and Wheel of Time offer rich, deep worlds to get lost in. Eragon, The Sword and the Stone, and The Wind in the Willows offer us a quick escape. But they all have one thing in common, they take place in a world we can’t reach. We join them on our adventures but a part of us knows, they are beyond our reach.
But Urban Fantasy confirms the truth you’ve always known, magic is right around the corner. You know that weird, little door on your way to work? It really does lead to a magical tavern. The other night when you saw that ominous shadow in the back yard? It was a troll moving. With Urban Fantasy magic is only a turn down the right alley or one good deed away.
With such classics as Chronicles of Narnia and a Wrinkle in Time, and hot new series like Harry Potter and The Reckoners, Urban Fantasy is one of the fastest growing genres in the game. And we are just getting started…
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