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[*] posted on 2/3/2014 at 02:15 PM
Is Fantasy Fiction Too Safe?

Excerpt from Philip Overby's "MysticScribes" blog:

"Iíve heard that some of the best fantasy that exists is being done in YA. Why is it that YA is allowed to bend and twist the genre, but actual fantasy stays true to certain styles of storytelling? Is it because YA readers are more open to fiction that pushes boundaries? Maybe.

I donít read YA, but Iíve been thinking of exploring it more and more. Iíll never leave fantasy behind, but Iím curious how many readers have because theyíre looking for something that breaks the mold and defies conventional storytelling.

Nothing says you canít read and write both traditional fantasy yarns and more daring fantasy fiction, right? I mean, I hope to do so."

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[*] posted on 2/2/2015 at 11:24 AM

Hmm. Reading the article, I could probably paste the same ideas he has about how the genre is safe onto other genres as well. People expect certain things from genres, but they like fresh stuff too.

I'm not even sure what he means by "more daring." Is mushroom men more daring than elves? Is grimdark more daring than normal pseudo-medieval?

Thanks for sharing. Made thoughts happen.

"Go forth boldly in the direction of your dreams." Thoreau
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