Fantasy Sub-Genres

If you aren’t quite sure exactly which fantasy genre you are writing or reading, here’s an extensive list to help clarify this complicated question. Thanks to Nicholas for sharing.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Fantasy magic book | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Pixabay

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…

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4 comments

  1. Many thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Most welcome 😀
      I’ve seen many variations on this topic (and I’m sure there will continue to be more), but always helpful to have at least one solid (and extensive) opinion available, especially for new authors trying to get their bearings.

  2. That’s a wonderful list. I’ve been intrigued by the wide variety of genres (and subgenres) for several years now. I can’t help but think they are growing!

    1. My feeling too, and the definitions seem to be rather fluid over time, sometimes changing quite considerably as more specific sub-genres are recognised.
      Doesn’t make picking your precise sub-genre easy!

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