Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Urban Fantasy Characteristics #IWSG and News

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DATE question - October 5

What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre?

"Urban fantasy combines selected imaginary/unrealistic elements of plot, character, theme, or setting with a largely-familiar world - combining the familiar and the strange. Such elements may exist secretly in the world or may occur openly." -

"Urban fantasy describes a subgenre of fantasy in which the real world collides with the decidedly supernatural or magical world." -

"The most necessary element to consider in the plot of an urban fantasy is the unanswered question. It’s usually not enough in an urban fantasy for your protagonist to have a strong driving goal; there should also be a huge, possibly frightening unknown that gradually unfolds throughout the story," -

"A protagonist with a foot in both worlds: The main character of an urban fantasy is typically savvy to the real-life ways of their urban environment yet can also wield or exploit magical powers." -

I felt I should first share the established characteristics before just saying that I love the way urban fantasy blends with real-world settings, making it feel plausible. Urban Fantasy is a subgenre of Speculative Fiction, and it's the one I've opted to pick to answer this question. 

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  1. I've really been enjoying reading fantasies set in our world these days. The one I'm writing now is set in both this and an alternate world.

  2. Urban Fantasy is another great genre and does a wonderful job of combining the familiar and the strange;)

  3. Urban Fantasy is one of my favorite genres too. It gets fun seeing real world aspects getting tangled up with the fantastical nature that draws me to fantasy.

  4. There is something quite satisfying about seeing the mundane and the mystical side by side. It feels like it adds a little bit of magic to the real world.

  5. It's fun seeing what everyone's favorite genres are. Oddly, I'm not wild about urban fantasy--for exactly the reason you like it! I guess I don't like it so much when reality gets fuzzy?

  6. Even though fantasy is not my go-to genre for reading, I'm open to recommendations cause I've found that some books do surprise me with how much I end up enjoying them.


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