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BlueNinja 09-20-2008 01:56 PM

What belongs in Urban Fantasy?
Just a simple poll, multiple choice: What sort of things do you think belong in the urban fantasy genre? Not to say they all have to be in the same book, just what sort of things do you think are appropriate for filing under "Urban Fantasy."

Hagelrat 09-20-2008 05:01 PM

I'm ok with intelligent animals etc in silly urban fantasy, but in the proper thing it's a bit naff, after all we have lycanthropes and shifters.
Fun post. :)

Baelfyre 09-20-2008 05:38 PM

I voted yes on everything, because I think that any of those CAN have a place in an urban fantasy setting.

Oh, and I think you're an insensitive clod.

Kalzazz 09-20-2008 05:50 PM

All of the above

And then some!

Hitcher 09-21-2008 02:50 AM

Look at all the modern Cinderella stories sans fairy godmothers. Anything from Fantasy goes well with Urban Fantasy.

SD Anderson 09-21-2008 03:41 AM

Group Mind/Hive Mind. At a certain population threshold, the collective mental energy of the human race produces overminds. Our brains are essential the cells of this projected pychic energy.

Mouser 09-21-2008 09:42 AM

You don't need aliens or time travel.

You need magic, but what kind is up to you.

You need super advanced technology.

Mix it.

<rubs palms together>

And you gotchyerself a perfect recipe for some Urban Fantasy.

Also, you have to have trees.

"Trees is fantasy. Rivets is science fiction."
-Orson Scott Card

The Thin Grey Line 09-21-2008 01:22 PM

Actually, you just need really only need a city for it to be urban, no? :)

Harper 09-22-2008 03:31 AM

I sometimes think they should have called it "post-modern fantasy" since not all of it takes place in a contemporary, or in an urban setting.

Definitely no aliens, though. Unless you're Mario Acevedo. Then... yeah, aliens. And nymphos.

Brother Brian 09-22-2008 05:38 PM

I would say that once you add superior technology, aliens, and/or time travel, you're really looking more at sci-fi than urban fantasy.

Otherwise...the sky is the limit.

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