Fantasy is quickly becoming a favorite genre among readers everywhere. Kids, young adults, and adults are beginning to make rooms on their bookshelves for a new fantasy novel.
This writer may be a little biased, but fantasy isn't only fun to read, but fun to write as well. The idea of creating a world in which any kind of magic exists...well, it's empowering and enthralling to many writers.
There are so many different ways to write a fantasy novel/short story/poem, as well. Not long ago, the sub-genre of urban fantasy made its appearance. For those who are unfamiliar with this sub-genre, urban fantasy is a type of fantasy in which the setting mainly takes place in an urban environment. Simple enough, right?
Urban fantasy is set in a more modern time period, depending on when the book was published. The use of fantasy, combined with the realism of city-life, makes for an exciting use of setting and characters. For more information on urban fantasy, check out the Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_fantasy.
Another example of a sub-genre is dark fantasy, where the fantastical world of the author's creation clashes with horror. A great example of dark fantasy would be Anne Rice's vampire novels. For more information on this great sub-genre, read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_fantasy
Sub-genres aside, where did fantasy first make its mark? While fairy tales have existed for centuries, entertaining children while simultaneously supplying them with morals and lessons, it's said that J.R.R. Tolkien was the author who truly brought fantasy to the modern time. His trilogy as well as "The Hobbit" consisted of a fantastic adventure that unfolded into perils, treasures and life-long friends.
So, when looking into writing a fantasy novel/short story/poem, try to look at the many different sub-genres as well as where fantasy first made its mark on history.
That's all for now, dear readers. Till next time!