I thought I should create a place for Urban Fantasy lovers and writers to say hello and talk about the issues of the genre.
If you’re not sure what Urban Fantasy is, here’s how the Wattpad pages devoted to it defines them:
Urban fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy, consisting of stories with supernatural and/or magical elements set in real-world, urban settings. Works of the subgenre may also take place in futuristic and historical settings, actual or imagined, as long as the rules remain recognizable to those of the present universe.
Urban/Street Lit is a genre set in an urban landscape which is defined by socioeconomic realities and culture in a city. The tone for urban fiction is usually dark, focusing on the underside of city living. Profanity, sex, and violence are explicit, with the writer not shying away from or watering-down the material. Most authors of this genre draw upon their past experiences to depict their storylines. These stories have seen a renaissance of not only street fiction but a rise in Hip Hop, dominating female influences and Latino stories.
I’m assuming I don’t have to say what Fantasy is generally.
I realized recently that I’ve been writing Urban Fantasy most of my life but never knew it was a genre. Are you just realizing this too?
What do you think makes a good Urban Fantasy story?
Looking forward to all the cool discussion.