Interview with Bernard Cornwell
 

Bernard Cornwell

Interview

 
Reading My Namesake: Guest Post by Titus Chalk
 

Reading My Namesake

Guest Post by Titus Chalk

 
The Writer’s Plague
 

The Writer's Plague

Article

 

Browsing all articles tagged with subgenres.

An Introduction to Anime and Manga

An Introduction to Anime and Manga 

In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in anime and manga by Western cultures. Before, mentioning the terms anime or manga in casual conversation would have been met with confusion, but more and more it’s met with “What do you watch?” or “Which one are you reading right now?” Most anime and […]

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In The Mix: Fantasy and Other Genres

In The Mix: Fantasy and Other Genres 

Fantasy is a genre that assimilates elements of other genres, whilst still remaining, for the most part, a genre not often thought of as having a great number of “crossovers” and hybrids. Strictly speaking, this is changing with the natural evolution of the genre. SFF as a whole is growing more diverse and this results […]

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The Genre Divide

The Genre Divide 

As long as there have been books there have been categories for them, Fantasy-Faction itself is a site dedicated to a particular form of literature. But in recent years more and more novels are scraping at the borders of their neat genre boxes, they’re breaking out and twisting into new shapes, new stories. This brand […]

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Subgenre Bingo – Sword and Sorcery

Subgenre Bingo – Sword and Sorcery 

This shall be the first of a series of subgenre bingo cards for everyone’s amusement. Myself and a few of my friends have a running joke that some genres can so overwork certain tropes that we could almost play bingo with books that fall into that particular subgenre. It should be noted, that this is […]

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What the Stale Air Tastes Like: An Apocalyptic Overview

What the Stale Air Tastes Like: An Apocalyptic Overview 

The stars are going out. The nuclear fallout bunkers were built in a rush. Your cat seems to be mutating into some sort of slug monster. We have reached end game. All our endeavours are for nothing, apart from that collection of bottle caps that you’ve been storing just for this day. The end is […]

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You’ve Got Your Romance in My Fantasy! – You’ve Got Your Fantasy in My Romance!

You’ve Got Your Romance in My Fantasy! – You’ve Got Your Fantasy in My Romance! 

Continuing my series exploring subgenres of fantasy, in this post I’ll compare and contrast—the best I can since this one confuses me—romantic fantasy and fantasy romance. Regardless of how we use those terms, romance works well with fantasy. Novels must have conflict to engage a reader. Love is filled to the brim with conflict. Maybe […]

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Survey of Fantasy Subgenres – Part One: High and Low Fantasy

Survey of Fantasy Subgenres – Part One: High and Low Fantasy 

A big hello to Fantasy-Faction readers! I’m happy to be a new member of the Fantasy-Faction staff and would say thanks for the great opportunity. As my first series of articles, I’d like to present and discuss subgenres of fantasy. The definitions and boundaries are subject to opinion. I’ll present what seems correct to me, […]

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Low Fantasy Subgenres

Low Fantasy Subgenres 

In my last article, I compared and contrasted two very popular low fantasy subgenres, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. In this article, I’ll continue with an overview of other major subgenres of low fantasy. As a review, my working definition of low fantasy—the label given to two basic types of works is as follows: The […]

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Why Reading “Terrible” Novels Isn’t A Bad Idea

Why Reading “Terrible” Novels Isn’t A Bad Idea 

As the holidays roll around and we start interacting with family members who we don’t see on a regular basis, there is always that one person who asks you what you’ve been reading lately and they don’t like the answer they get. “Oh, you read [insert favorite genre here]? Haven’t you grown out of those […]

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Subgenre Bingo – Steampunk

Subgenre Bingo – Steampunk 

For a lot of people, steampunk is less a speculative fiction variant and more a fashion and decorating aesthetic. That’s okay (far be it for me to say it isn’t) but the roots of the aesthetic are pretty much in literature. Specifically, Victorian era science fiction. Why am I naming it a subgenre of fantasy […]

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Quiz: First Lines of Fantasy Subgenres

Quiz: First Lines of Fantasy Subgenres 

After an exhaustive survey of fantasy subgenres in my past articles, I wanted to make one other comparison of the categories, arranged as a type of quiz. This fun activity was to satisfy my own curiosity. I wondered if fantasy subgenres were recognizable by their first lines. Below is a matching exercise. Here’s how it […]

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The Shadowy Realistic Types of Fantasy: Magical Realism, Mythic Fiction, and Mythpunk

The Shadowy Realistic Types of Fantasy: Magical Realism, Mythic Fiction, and Mythpunk 

In my survey of fantasy subgenres, I’ve saved a comparison of perhaps the most elusive until the end of my series. These three purposely walk the line between reality and fantasy, playing with readers’ minds as part of their appeal. Some term these categories literary rather than genre fiction. I consider them fantasy, and they […]

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