hey FFFers - sorry for the silence. Life has been hectic. Let's get back to talking about fantasy writing. Some of you have sat in my workshop "We're Not In Kansas Anymore." I'm going to use that format here.
Fantasy stories don't only include fairies, elves, dwarves, etc. and magical elements, it also needs a special setting, even if you are writing contemporary fantasy like urban fantasy. When you are developing your characters, don't forget your setting. It's also a character and can add or take away from the action/plot.
First, let's look at the different types of fantasy. This will help you know what you're writing and what kind of world to start building.
• High fantasy
• Urban fantasy
• Steam punk
• Magical realism
• Portal worlds
High Fantasy – usually a world other than our Earth. Example: The Lord of the Rings, or The Elfstones of Shannara. It typically includes the usual gang of fantasy characters; dwarves, elves, fairies, etc.
Urban Fantasy (or contemporary fantasy) – kind of a merging with sci-fi, but with definite fantasy elements. Similar to Paranormal, sometimes merging the two. Example: Harry Potter
Steam Punk (trendy historical fantasy) – like Victorian England with certain technologies. A couple of examples are: Around the World in 80 Days, or A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Magical Realism – set in the real world with fantasy elements. Examples: Mudville, Faerie Rebels
Portal Worlds – our world with a portal to another world. Example: Artemis Fowl
Dystopia – post apocalyptic. Example: Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, Bones of Faerie
Paranormal – can be set in the real world with fantasy elements. Similar to Urban Fantasy, but with more of a gothic feel. Example: Twilight
What is the difference between fantasy and contemporary? How did Dorothy know she wasn’t in Kansas anymore?
Your world and characters are what makes the reader know it’s fantasy.
So, let's identify what we're writing before we go on. We've touched on this before, but it's good to refresh. I'll get us started: I am writing high fantasy right now. I have a series I started years ago that was more urban fantasy with a portal world twist. I've left it go for now - it was more of a "practice novel" for me, but maybe someday I'll be able to revise it.
So, let's hear what you're working on!
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