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Do people even read high fantasy anymore?

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Alex, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    I think that's exactly how the majority of fans of the genre use the terms. At least, those are the definitions I see used most often.
     
  2. BWFoster78

    BWFoster78 Myth Weaver

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    Interesting. I'm still calling mine "epic" fantasy. Magic, if not the creatures, is somewhat abundant.
     
  3. T.Allen.Smith

    T.Allen.Smith Staff Moderator

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    I believe that epic fantasy & high fantasy are interchangeable terms.
     
  4. I never took it that way. "High" and "Low" are usually used to determine how much magic is in the world. "Epic" is usually used to describe the scope of the story. I.e., a story that changes the course of the world is "epic," while a guy trying to make it through the day without getting killed is "Sword & Sorcery." But you can have high magic Sword & Sorcery (i.e., Fafhrd and Gray Mouser) and low magic Sword & Sorcery (i.e., most Conan stories). And you have high magic Epic Fantasy (i.e., Tolkien, David Eddings) and low magic Epic Fantasy (GRRM).
     
  5. T.Allen.Smith

    T.Allen.Smith Staff Moderator

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    I would agree with that.

    Most people, I think, interchange the two. When I looked up "epic fantasy" it showed "high fantasy" as common results.
     
  6. psychotick

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    Hi,

    As to what fantasy people read mostly I don't know. My sister tells me that urban fantasy (just to throw another name in the pot) is really hot these days. All I can tell you is that the traditional fantasy (elves, dwarves wizards) I published a year ago, is still outselling all my others.

    Having read this thread though I'm thinking I have to change my WIP which is also a traditional fantasy. Now my main character is going to have to switch from being a lord to a crime solving romantic with a taste for explicit sexual conquests!

    Cheers, Greg.
     
  7. Chandrapal

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    I read ! Thick books are the only thing that makes me happy :wavespin:
     
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