Fantasy is my genre of choice as an author, even though I do, at times, experiment in other genres. One of my most notable divergences from fantasy would be the hard sci-fi novella D.N.A., set to be released this December in Writers’ Anarchy III. So, while I don’t like to limit myself, the genre I will always come back to is fantasy.
There is so much to love about the genre, besides its virtually endless possibilities. Magic, super powers, unnaturally long life spans––if you’ve ever wondered about something, you can make it happen in fantasy. That isn’t to say there aren’t any rules at all. No, of course not. Your world is limited by the boundaries you set for it. And perhaps one of the hardest things to retain is that the more your world diverges from the natural, the harder it becomes to make your characters still behave in realistic ways, while still having realistic limitations. You wouldn’t want it to be too easy, after all. (And you need to be mindful of other trope traps in the genre, such as the wise old wizard who in general decides to omit any pertinent information that could have saved your protagonist an entire quest.)
While I love fantasy, I’ve never been big on Sword & Sorcery, or Authurian High Epics. There are a few that I really, really enjoyed, but for the most part, I like unusual locales; modern or classical, even futuristic, timelines. I like multiple cultures and multiple viewpoints in a single work. If your fantasy attempts to go against the grain, I’ll probably check it out.
What are some of your favorite fantasy stories? What do you think isn’t done enough in fantasy?