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Interesting Article about "Urban Fantasy"
« on: June 24, 2009, 11:56:10 am »
http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2009/06/23/vampire_fiction/index.html

Quite a few of the authors mentioned I read loyally. I agree with most of what is said in the article. Tell us what you think.

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Re: Interesting Article about "Urban Fantasy"
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009, 01:23:25 pm »
Awesome article. It's good to see someone treating the genre seriously. It's so often dismissed by many as being somehow sub-standard. It's not traditional fantasy, it's not horror and it's very often not quite romance, so it obviously can't be any good. [/sarcam]
The current glut of less than stellar writers, given publishing deals simply because it's the in thing at the moment, does not help the matter in the slightest.

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Re: Interesting Article about "Urban Fantasy"
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2009, 01:52:50 pm »
I think that Urban Fantasy is going to hit more of the mainstream especially now with Twilight and True Blood gaining a wider audience.
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Re: Interesting Article about "Urban Fantasy"
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009, 04:17:44 pm »
That was really interesting, and now I have another author I want to read.

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Re: Interesting Article about "Urban Fantasy"
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009, 04:22:07 pm »
Which one, Zealith?  She mentioned several.
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Re: Interesting Article about "Urban Fantasy"
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2009, 05:11:33 pm »
A good analysis of the position publishers and booksellers are in.
And readers :)

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Re: Interesting Article about "Urban Fantasy"
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2009, 05:22:20 pm »
I liked the article.  I certainly agree that fantasy (and its derivatives) deserves more respect. 

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Re: Interesting Article about "Urban Fantasy"
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2009, 05:24:29 pm »
In a sense, all fiction is fantasy... some genres manage to hide it better than others.

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Re: Interesting Article about "Urban Fantasy"
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2009, 06:03:05 pm »
Kim Harrison, I'd sene the name, but I don't believe I've read anything by her yet.

I found the comparison of the genre to coming-of-age stories interesting.

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Re: Interesting Article about "Urban Fantasy"
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2009, 10:10:53 am »
Great article. Thanks, Has. I really liked the discussion of the role of gender and relationship dynamics. It was actually even a little feminist, if I dare say the "F" word  ;)

I like the component of using an "alternate" history/reality set in the current world to explore feminine power and how to navigate relationships with people, but also romantic ones with very strong men.
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