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DESCRIPTION OF FANTASY SUB-GENRES

DARK AND GRIMDARK FANTASY

Usually unsettling. Adults and older Young Adults.

EPIC/HIGH FANTASY

Massive worlds steeped in history and legends. Many races, cultures that exist beyond the world we understand. Usually set amongst a medieval backdrop.

SUPERHERO FANTASY

Pure fantasy that may take place in our world or at least incorporate our world as we know it.

FAIRYTALE AND FOLKLORE

Stories filled with legends and myths. Tales of escapism where goblins and flying horses exist. Good vs Evil where Good usually wins.

LOW FANTASY

Exists in today's world in our known cities. Very little elements of fantasy.

URBAN FANTASY

Story set in local cities. A modern vibe and may be dark.

CONTEMPORARY FANTASY

A tale of fantasy that takes place in current era, or close to.

PARANORMAL FANTASY

Think all things magical. You will find this sub-genre fitting well with other fantasy genres such as urban, fairytale, romance and dark.

HISTORIC FANTASY

Think of a time in history and place your fantasy tale within this age, such as during WWI.

MEDIEVAL FANTASY

The typical sword and sorcery type genre set in the backdrop of dark ages of history on Earth but not an era specific.

SCIENCE FANTASY

Scifi or low fantasy with elements of far-reaching science.