DARK AND GRIMDARK FANTASY
Usually unsettling. Adults and older Young Adults.
Massive worlds steeped in history and legends. Many races, cultures that exist beyond the world we understand. Usually set amongst a medieval backdrop.
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.
Exists in today's world in our known cities. Very little elements of fantasy.
Story set in local cities. A modern vibe and may be dark.
A tale of fantasy that takes place in current era, or close to.
Think all things magical. You will find this sub-genre fitting well with other fantasy genres such as urban, fairytale, romance and dark.
Think of a time in history and place your fantasy tale within this age, such as during WWI.
The typical sword and sorcery type genre set in the backdrop of dark ages of history on Earth but not an era specific.
Scifi or low fantasy with elements of far-reaching science.