Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Definition (not really)

Rather than a definition for Urban Fantasy, I’ve been thinking about a different term which, though it may broaden the criteria, would help encapsulate all of the odds and ends that exist between books like Neverwhere and The Devil You Know, and even City of Glass. It seems that Fantasy to Urban Fantasy is too great of a leap, and that in between, there needs to be some sort of bridge, such as Real World Fantasy. Here you can have Dead Witch Walking right along side Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Street Magic next to Twilight, and Beetlejuice beside Spider-man. When you want to be more specific about locale, you can move into the distinctions such as Urban Fantasy. But it seems like a lot of different elements get thrown under the UF title because there is nowhere else for them to go. The importance of this, of course, is dependent upon your value of labels and titles. I just call them all Nonsense Stories ;)

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