Fantasy Genre’s . I have been reading a lot of fantasy lately. It lead me to the question of how many sub genre’s are there? So I did what every inquiring mind does. I Googled it. I’m using Best fantasy books as a guide. Then I fainted on the floor. Depending on which site you look at there are around 21 sub-genres. What! I need a glass of sweet tea.
What does that mean? It means I have a lot of reading to do before I can say I love fantasy and actually mean it. I do love fantasy, but my education is lacking. I have read: epic fantasy, coming of age fantasy,fantastic romance, and literary fantasy.
What does this mean? Absolutely nothing. I’m a firm believer in ‘if you like it read it’. As a writer, genres fascinate me, or understanding the subtle differences between them interest me. I’m particularly interested in forms of fantasy I’ve never read, but hear a lot about, such as Urban, steampunk, and alternate history fantasy. My homework assignment: find a book in one of those dozens of sub-genre’s I haven’t read and read it.
Edit: Since this post went to the great holding folder on the web, I have read an urban fantasy book. I even liked it. I’m still looking for a steampunk book. On my last library visit I crammed by bag with sci-fi, my next frontier to explore.
Row80 Wednesday update:
Reading: No new genres read this week. I’m finishing up a Victorian mystery by Charles Finch. I’ve read him before and really enjoy his writing. It’s a nice read amid the chaos.
writing: not writing this week. I’m putting that on the back burner right now.
Revisions: I am reading through my WIP “Dead in the Water” and making notes. I’m doing a straight read for clarity and flow. Checking for holes and making notes for later. I’m on chapter 10. I still love the characters, but having put it aside for a year, I see the writing differently. I think the time out was a good thing. I’ve decided to ditch the prologue, enlarge it and make it the first chapter. The WIP is at 61,265 words now. It’s a cozy mystery, not sure what it will be when I finish.
I’m pleased with my progress. How is your progress going?