While I read a variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, I have chosen as my first novel to be high fantasy. (High fantasy involves mythical worlds, magic, and epic themes.)
My local library (finally!) reopened this week, and I took a quick breeze through the aisles to reacquaint myself. Nestled in the back they have a wall of paperbacks, broken into sections by genre. The Romance section is by far the largest but they also have Western, Mystery, and Fantasy. As I’m writing a fantasy novel, I figured I’d check out what they had in their Fantasy section.
I didn’t recognize a single author, and the covers were all wrong. Most fantasy books I’ve seen feature wizards, dragons, sword-wielding barbarians, or other such tropes. The Fantasy books in this section mostly had shirtless men cradling scantily clad women.
As I said before, hmm…
I have to wonder what they think High Fantasy is.
I’m here from “Fantasy Writers Critique & Support Group” after I posted about following other authors. This was an interesting read, and I’m excited to see where it takes you! Following now!
Ha! This reply is for your High Fantasy post: I had to add negative search words to my Amazon advertising campaign because my “fantasy” search term kept getting “erotic fantasy” and “sexy fantasy.” What would that make me if I paid for that?
umm… a librarian?