Genres, Part Two

Last week we talked about knowing your genre so you and the marketing department can properly place your book, and we started looking into what defines each genre beginning with high fantasy. This week we’ll talk about low fantasy, and some of the subgenres of high and low.

I don’t especially like the term “low fantasy”, because it sounds like it’s somehow less worthy. Generally the experts, who’ve spent time duking this out with each other, think that low means one of two things. The first is that your book features less magic. Instead of a forest full of unicorns, and mages having spell battles, there might be only one character with any sort of magic ability. Other experts insist that low fantasy is such because it’s in a real world setting. That definition is becoming less common all the time, because of the number of books that are set […]

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