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I don’t know what’s been floating around the cyber-writing world, but it seems that I’ve been deemed a spokesperson for traditional fantasy(in some places). The mouth of the real fantasy books out there, for some, while for others, a dictator who’s got it in for urban fantasy.
*cough* When did this happen? It’s not quite what I was trying to get across so, as long as my cup of coffee is still half there, I’ll try to set things straight.
I love fantasy. It’s what I write and it’s what I read. There’s a roaring fire of passion engulfing my innermost....innards. Ok, that was a bit dramatic, I know. Really, though, fantasy has been such an important aspect through my childhood and it pains me to see it shrink in the distance while urban fantasy takes the stage. I suppose that is a bit naive and selfish of me but shoot, this is the internet and while I’ve been dubbed a “voice” for fantasy, as fleeting as this calling may be, I will stand and shriek at the top of my lungs for it.
I have nothing against urban fantasy. Honest. I got into the whole vampire thing when the Twilight craze started. Granted, I got out of it when the craze just got crazy. My own book that’s getting published is a contemporary fantasy. It’s not even urban! -which I just recently realized-
*gasp* “What’s that, Diana? You’re published book is not a traditional fantasy?” No, it is not. Zirconya: The Sage of Aluh’Nehn, has all the aspects of a traditional fantasy (true fantasy creatures, another world, elvish, etc) but the first book (Zirconya is a trilogy) takes place mostly in earth while the story has to do with another world in an alternate dimension and the crossing of creatures from that dimension. (if I just confused you, check it out on my website where you can read all about it: www.dianailinca.com)
Hark! I hear my readers calling! “What’s the difference between urban fantasy and contemporary fantasy?” Urban fantasy is, by definition, a fantasy-like story that has to do in an urban setting. Urban fantasy by reader definition is usually understood as paranormal fantasy. Vampires, werewolves, psychics, ghosts, demons, etc. Closer to paranormal fiction.
Contemporary fantasy is, by definition, a fantasy story set in the present day. It often has magical creatures, either living in the secret chasms of our world or leaking over from alternate worlds. Elves, faeries, trolls, dragons, etc. Closer to epic fantasy.
Urban fantasy vs Contemporary Fantasy = Twilight vs Harry Potter. Easy.
Whoops! I got off track here! Back to the main reason behind this post. Fantasy is shrinking in the distance! And, technically, it shouldn’t. In my opinion, urban fantasy should be separated from the other fantasy. Or maybe it should just drop the word “fantasy” all together and just stick with “paranormal.”
“But, Diana,” a reader says, “I thought you didn’t have anything against urban fantasy.”
I don’t! But everywhere I go and every time I look for some real, good, old-fashioned fantasy, I have to look behind or in between the vampire novels and I’m tired of it! From what I’ve heard and from the messages I’ve received, there are a lot of people who agree. Not everyone is into the paranormal stuff. I’m not saying to get rid of it; I’m just saying to put it in its place. To separate it so us elf and faery loving people can find what we’re looking for amongst the billions of stories out there. I have my fair share of urban fantasy on my personal boon shelf but when I fantasy, I want fantasy!
Now it’s your turn, readers! What I have written is based on my own opinion of the matter. It’s not set in stone. I am not a remotely-famous author. Shoot, I’m just getting ready to release my first book, but hey, if I have this opportunity to put something out there on the topic, by God, I will! But tell me, readers! Tell me what you think! What are your opinions on the matter?