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Urban Fanatasy, an ageless genre...
9/7/2008 11:57:21 AM
Hi everyone!

It's been a great week for me, both in my personal life and in my writing life. In addition to my usual full time job, kids, and house stuff, I have managed to attend a high school football game this friday and also spend 12 hours with the high school choir in an all day retreat.

That, in addition to living with two teenagers, sort of makes me an expert in the field of youth, and after finishing my first Urban Fantasy tale, I think I'm up to the job of discussing what I like to think of 'the ageless genre.'

Wikepedia says:

"Urban fantasy is a subset of contemporary fantasy, consisting of magical novels and stories set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings--as opposed to 'traditional' fantasy set in wholly imaginary landscapes, even ones containing imaginary cities, or having most of their action take place in them. Urban fantasy may also refer to more modern versions of 'traditional' fantasy worlds. The modern urban fantasy protagonist faces extraordinary circumstances as plots unfold in either open (where magic or paranormal events are commonly accepted to exist) or closed (where magical powers or creatures are concealed) worlds."

It also goes on to say that it has existed since the 1920's, often in the form of children's fiction, and then became coined as a term in the 1980s. In short, and 'ageless' genre.

While I am not an expert, I can tell you that it's a very fascinating and exciting genre. I have recently finished and I'm now doing revisions on my first urban fantasy novel. I wrote it originally for my younger teen daughter, but I'm finding that it's just as enjoyable and timely as anything I've ever written.

The story, Grave Danger, (working title) is the first of a series, The Blue Star Baby Trilogy, has not yet found a publisher, though I do have one that is very interested in seeing the finished manuscript.

I describe the story as: A post apocalyptic zombie killing love story.

Although urban fantasy, is often billed as young adult, but I think it can appeal to everyone.

After all, who doesn't enjoy a story about a young hero or heroine facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles, evil demons, a downtrodden society, and the possibility of young love?

I know I do. The thing I love best about urban fantasy, though, is it's energy. These books often take place in the future, on an alien world, or even in a vastly different contemporary setting.

Urban fantasy usually is written in a series of stories with one larger arc to tie them together. They can either be a romance, or have romantic elements, and you can be sure the action is nonstop and the story edgy.

But most of all, I like to think of them as ageless energy. IF you're young, then you can totally identify with the fast paced and exciting plotlines, and if you're 'ahem' mature, like me, then you can be sympathetic to the conflicts of the characters.

It's easy for us to identify with, after life itself is a struggle, whether you're the heroine in a futuristic zombie love story, or an overworked nurse trying to get through bad traffic to go home and sleep for five hours before your next shift.

Some really awesome urban fantasy authors? Eve Kenin, Laurell K. Hamilton, Karen Marie Moning, Jim Butcher, and Marjorie M. Liu, to name a few. Check 'em out.

I love this stuff, so if you have some suggestions on what you like, or even if you have more insight to share feel free to leave me a comment!

Now, back to revisions!

Happy reading, everyone.



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More Blogs by Pamela C Labud
• Big news! - Saturday, February 14, 2009
• Blogging at Coffee Time Romance! - Monday, January 12, 2009
• Excerpt: Always and Forever - Friday, November 07, 2008
• It's Release Day! - Tuesday, October 21, 2008
•  Urban Fanatasy, an ageless genre... - Sunday, September 07, 2008  
• Change is good! - Monday, September 01, 2008
• New job, new book release, and new review!!! - Sunday, July 20, 2008
• Happy days are here again... - Monday, June 23, 2008
• Interview tonight! - Monday, May 26, 2008
• Happy Tuesday! - Tuesday, May 13, 2008
• E-Cataromance New site design for Sensual! - Tuesday, May 06, 2008
• Crunch time - Sunday, April 20, 2008
• Another manic monday! - Monday, April 07, 2008
• Sometimes you have to choose - Monday, March 31, 2008
• Even more good news! - Monday, March 10, 2008
• My New Cover! - Monday, March 03, 2008
• Finally, some news to report! - Monday, February 11, 2008
• Birthdays, spring cleaning, and writing 'The End.' - Wednesday, January 09, 2008
• Blessings present and accounted for... - Sunday, December 16, 2007
• Ready...Set...Write!!! - Monday, November 19, 2007
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• Trippin' down memory lane. - Sunday, September 09, 2007
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• Summer Daze 2007 - Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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• Blogging the night away...last stop! - Tuesday, June 12, 2007
• Can we blog here? (part two) - Monday, June 04, 2007
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• This and that... - Wednesday, September 27, 2006
• Tips from the Pro's! - Monday, August 07, 2006
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• A quick note... - Saturday, June 24, 2006
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• April showers, May flowers - Monday, May 01, 2006
• I was in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time... - Monday, April 17, 2006
• The faster I go... - Tuesday, April 11, 2006
• Spring Break at last! - Tuesday, April 04, 2006
• Somebody pinch me! - Monday, March 27, 2006
• Mama, where do ideas come from? - Monday, March 20, 2006
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• Why did I want to do this again? - Tuesday, February 28, 2006
• Book updates and other things! - Tuesday, February 21, 2006
• Swimming against the current - Tuesday, February 07, 2006
• The power of words - Monday, January 30, 2006
• Manic Monday, redux - Monday, January 16, 2006
• No time like the present - Tuesday, January 10, 2006
• A clean slate - Monday, January 02, 2006
• Back to work I go. - Wednesday, December 28, 2005
• Holiday Wishes - Saturday, December 24, 2005
• Domestic procrastination... - Wednesday, December 14, 2005
• Yeah, but is it really worth it? - Sunday, November 27, 2005
• Crazy but true... - Monday, November 21, 2005
• Just another manic monday. - Monday, November 07, 2005
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• My guilty little secret - Thursday, October 13, 2005
• Another milestone - Wednesday, October 05, 2005
• Where does the time go? - Monday, October 03, 2005
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• Eight days a week... - Thursday, August 25, 2005
• Life in the (not-so) fast lane. - Tuesday, August 16, 2005
• Where did the summer go? - Wednesday, August 10, 2005
• Back to the real world... - Wednesday, August 03, 2005
• Housework avoidance - Monday, July 18, 2005
• The awakening muse... - Monday, July 11, 2005
• Paperback Writer... - Monday, June 13, 2005
• After the Party - Sunday, April 17, 2005
• Spring has sprung! - Monday, March 28, 2005
• Ups and Downs - Tuesday, March 08, 2005
• Pins and Needles - Monday, February 28, 2005
• Is it possible it's been a year? - Wednesday, December 22, 2004
• Holidaze... - Thursday, November 25, 2004
• Hard at Work - Wednesday, October 13, 2004
• Wow, time flies - Sunday, September 12, 2004
• Summertime blues... or, not? - Wednesday, June 16, 2004
• Will wonders ever cease? - Sunday, June 13, 2004
• And the net will appear... - Tuesday, May 11, 2004


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