When I finished my first book in the Pearseus universe, I was faced with an unexpected problem: everyone kept saying that identifying your genre was important. But my book crossed many genres. It was, essentially, a fantasy tale taking place in the future, with technology and a tiny bit of crystal magic. So, how the heck do you find a genre to shoehorn this kind of book into?
After several unsuccessful attempts to do so, I now describe it as science fiction fantasy (aka science fantasy) but wish I had come across this handy guide from Thoughts on Fantasy before I spent so many hours researching fantasy subgenres!
From Tolkienesque High Fantasy to Paranormal Romance, this is the ultimate guide for all things fantasy. Just click on a link below for a brief description of that subgenre, examples of books written in it, and typical elements that characterize it. And if you would like a definition of the fantasy genre as a whole, see: What is Fantasy Fiction?
- High Fantasy / Epic Fantasy
- Low Fantasy
- Portal Fantasy
- Urban Fantasy / Contemporary Fantasy
- Paranormal / Paranormal Romance
- Fantasy Romance / High Fantasy Romance
- Young Adult Fantasy (YA Fantasy)
- Children’s Fantasy
- Fairy Tale Retellings
- Sword and Sorcery / Heroic Fantasy
- Medieval Fantasy / Arthurian Fantasy
- Historical Fantasy
- Comic Fantasy
- Science Fantasy
- Grimdark Fantasy
- Gothic Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
- The New Weird