As I mentioned in 5 Ways Fantasy is like that Hot Bad Boy, the Fantasy genre is clearly misunderstood. So if fantasy isn’t all wizards and dragons…what is it exactly?
According to Wikipedia “Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting.”
According to IMDB Movies that are considered fantasy range from Ted, a Mark Wahlberg movie about a talking stuffed animal, to The Lord of the Rings a high fantasy story about hobbits and elves.
The term fantasy obviously encompasses a lot of things. This genre is HUGE! This is where fantasy sub-genres come in.
Here is my list of the top 15 Fantasy sub-genre’s
2. Paranormal Romance
4. Contemporary Fantasy
5. Mythic Fiction
7. Fantasy horror (or Dark Fantasy)
9. Alternate History
10. Sword and sorcery (sword and sandal in film), which is a sub-genre of…
11. Historical fantasy
12. Science Fantasy
14. Low Fantasy
15. Portal Fiction
Surprised? Overwhelmed? There is a lot to this amazing genre. Thats why I’m here! Once a month I am going to thoroughly explain each of these sub-genre’s to you and point you in the direction of where to find them. You can also leave me feedback in the comments on where you found your favorites.
Leave a comment! What subgenre of fantasy do you think I left out of the list? What is your favorite?