What is fantasy fiction? Is it just wizards and ogres and elves? How do I determine what kind of fantasy I want? What happens if there’s a crossover and I write two genres at the same time? These are all questions that fantasy writers ask themselves at one time or another. They deserve an answer. We’ll be looking at some of them in-depth in the future. In the meantime, I took a trip on the web and found that Lee Masters of Fantasy Fiction Factor has some of the answers in his well-written article. Here’s an excerpt.
by Lee Masterson
Speculative fiction is a difficult genre to categorize neatly. For example, some authors might argue that most speculative fiction is pure fantasy – and yet a fantastical tale set in a far distant future would be more likely classified as ‘science fiction’.
In recent times, the term ‘fantasy’, when regarded as part of an individual genre, generally brings to mind tales of dragons and castles and knights in shining armor – but in truth, the genre as a whole encompasses so much more.
Below, I have tried to separate some purely ‘fantasy’ sub-genre listings. (Read the rest of this article
via Fantasy Fiction Factor – Fantasy Sub-Genres.)