Can I identify what I write?

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When I became a writer and started with my stories, I had to classify them. Considering the existence of so many genres, I had a hard time to choose.

Where are the differences between the genres? I needed to get research done:

My research showed me that fantasy is a genre of fiction using magic and supernatural phenomena as a primary element.

It might be based on myth or legends or even Science that doesn’t exist (yet).

Fantasy encompasses numerous subgenres. And now we are getting to a list I love! The complexity of the fantasy genre is fascinating!

 


 

(Source: Wikipedia)


 

What subgenre do I categorize my own stories in?

Here it’s getting difficult. The only thing that’s clear is that my writing is ‘fantasy’.

At the moment, I am working on several stories. I’d sort one of them within the subgenre ‘urban fantasy’, the other one might be identified as “heroic fantasy.’ The novel I work on is a mix between ‘Contemporary fantasy’ – and ‘paranormal romance’.

And here I am now, switching between the real world, fantasy worlds, romance, funny characters, creepy creatures, and magic.

I love what I do! And even though the fantasy genre with its numerous subgenres is a little confusing, I’m sure I am working myself into it.

What is it that I like so much about fantasy that I decided on this genre? I think it is quite easy to answer this question. I can let my imagination run amok. If I am going to turn the hair of my heroine blue and give her gills, who will stop me? If I decide to create a child with magical abilities, who will tell me that it “cannot be”?  I love myths, legends, and mystical creatures like unicorns… and once in a while I need a protagonist being a princess. This is why fantasy is just my genre. (or – paranormal romance, or contemporary fantasy… Maybe I should try to categorize my story after completing it.)

One of my favorite books is a fantasy book. I identified it a mix of Science fantasy and dark fantasy. It is: “Watchers”, written by Dean Koontz. I love this book even though it’s one of Dean Koontz older books. It impressed me and I never forgot it I wish I one day can touch my readers as much as Dean Koontz can do it.

Do you have a favorite genre or subgenre you read or write in? Don’t be shy, please tell me!