Sunday, September 4, 2011

UF 101

According to Wikipedia, urban fantasy "describes a work that is set primarily in a city and contains aspects of fantasy. These matters may involve the arrivals of alien races, the discovery of earthbound mythological creatures, coexistence between humans and paranormal beings, conflicts between humans and malicious paranormals, and subsequent changes in city management."
The most interesting part of this definition, to me, is the phrase "subsequent changes in city management," as if a UF book might focus on a mayoral election, or corruption on the school board. Of course, maybe that is a UF book waiting to be written (maybe by someone in this class).

I thought I'd give a list of prompts for posts, to get you going. But please don't feel obliged to use one of the prompts if you've got a better idea.
List of optional prompts:
--your introduction to urban fantasy: what and when?
--favorite book, character, series, and why.
--what makes for good UF worldbuilding?
--UF names: is it annoying when they're weird or hard to pronounce?
--if you wrote a UF story, what would it be about?
--what are your feelings about genre? if something is genre, can it be literature?
--things in a UF book that turn you off
--comment on Twilight or Buffy or  Harry Potter as progenitors or influences on current UF.
--vampires vs. werewolves? who wins?
--do you prefer your settings real or imagined?

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