04-08-2008 10:04 PM
04-08-2008 10:16 PM
I'm more of the grit-n-grime school, myself--both the reading and the writing--than the romantic school.
Charlaine Harris (OK, they are rural, but the rest of the UF tropes are there)
04-12-2008 02:54 AM
Of course, I'd also argue that PRom is ultimately a subset of UF.
I think of it as a sister genre, really--close but not exactly the same. As a subset I'd be uncomfortable, since that seems to say "this is lesser and smaller" to me and the romance crosses are actually more numerous.
04-12-2008 11:15 AM
Does straight Fantasy not have vampires/werewolves? Some lines are blurring with fantasy and Sci fic-not the hard boil ones but like Wen Spencer's Tinker. It is fantasy but there are some elements of Sci Fi.
I love all the authors you have mentioned, maybe not all of their books. I'd also add Robin Owens to your list.
Speaking of lists you might want to check out this list. It has a preview of what is being published in the next few months in these genres.
04-12-2008 11:22 AM - edited 04-12-2008 12:11 PM
readerdiane7 wrote:Speaking of lists you might want to check out this list. It has a preview of what is being published in the next few months in these genres.
Message Edited by LordRuthven on 04-12-2008 12:11 PM
04-12-2008 12:26 PM
Ack! And Caitlin Kittredge! Eep: how could I leave her out? Her upcoming series starting with STREET MAGIC is Amazing!
04-12-2008 03:13 PM
LordRuthven wrote:I just realized that you mentioned "new series." That is good news.
Oh yeah! Pester her about it: Black London it's called. Great stuff! She's going to be doing additional Nocturne City books as well, so good news all around from the talented Ms. Kittredge.
re: differentiating Fantasy, I personally break the category in two big chunks based on the setting type, with subs within those: traditional Tolkeinesque/"High" fantasy with settings vaguely analogous to various historical periods; and Contemporary with settings essentially "modern" or slightly futuristic. After that, it's a merry jumble. Of course, I don't have to shelve them, so what do I know?
04-12-2008 05:24 PM - edited 04-12-2008 05:38 PM
KatRichardson wrote:Of course, I don't have to shelve them, so what do I know?
Message Edited by LordRuthven on 04-12-2008 05:38 PM
04-13-2008 07:13 PM
04-15-2008 02:54 AM
04-20-2008 10:29 PM - edited 04-20-2008 10:30 PM
2. Nick and Derek: Regarding the categorization of books – paranormal romance, urban fantasy, etc. – this question is coming up all the time lately. Because the boundaries between genres are basically nonexistent now, and many authors are writing novels that utilize elements from numerous genres, categorizing some books seems impossible – and pointless. After all, if it's a good read, who really cares where it's shelved? But it brings up the problem to booksellers – where do you shelve Mario Acevedo or LKH or Marjorie Liu? I've seen Laurell K. Hamilton, for example, in romance, fiction, erotica, and fantasy.
Does where a book is shelved or how it is categorized really matter to you guys?
Message Edited by paulgoatallen on 04-20-2008 10:30 PM
04-20-2008 10:34 PM
After all, if it's a good read, who really cares where it's shelved?
04-20-2008 10:56 PM
Everyone needs some Tender Loving Care
04-21-2008 04:20 AM
04-23-2008 05:10 PM
What do you think about the term "interstitial fiction"? Does it describe LKH, Jim Butcher, Cherie Priest, Kim Harrison, Mario Acevedo, etc.?
04-23-2008 10:06 PM
Also, I've also noticed a marked "homogenization" of cover art. What used to be a historically tried-and-true dark fantasy image – for example, a sword-wielding protag standing in front of a full moon – is now seen on romance covers, horror covers, mystery covers, etc. I think this just solidifies my point about the increasing significance (and selling potential) of the story content, not the category. What do you think?
04-23-2008 11:17 PM
I think this just solidifies my point about the increasing significance (and selling potential) of the story content, not the category.
04-23-2008 11:21 PM
Everyone needs some Tender Loving Care