Nov 29, 2010

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Question – What Is It About Urban Fantasy?

There is no denying that the Urban Fantasy genre, or UF, has been introduced to a new audience over the past couple of years.  And who is this new audience?  Romance book readers.

With so many fascinating worlds and such intricate plot lines brought forth by so many talented and imaginative authors, it’s practically impossible to ignore this genre.  In a word, UF is extraordinary!

The emotional roller coaster that UF authors put the reader though is often more intense than you can find in a Paranormal Romance book.  And the UF series that I have read all have heroines as leads and these heroines are kick ass.  None of them just lie on the sidelines and wait for the world to resolve itself.  They jump in with both feet fighting for what’s right and what’s good.  I love that!  And that leads me to today’s multi-part question:

What makes UF so awesome?  And has it always been this awesome and I’ve just been living under a rock?  What is your favorite UF series?  And if you haven’t read UF before, is there something in particular that is keeping you from giving it a try?

  1. My favorite series is still “signs of the zodiac” series by the brilliant Vicki Pettersson. She is what really made me sit up and take
    Notice of this genre that I’m now utterly hooked on.

    UF is relatively new to me as well (only a year+) so I can’t answer that question either. Maybe it’s always been there. since I’m kind of a fantasy/sci-fi geek it was am easy next step. But I love it.
    Love this question!

  2. I love UF because it mixes some of my favorite genres together. You’ve got some fantasy, some mystery, some suspense, usually a lot of action and a dash of romance. I like that the main protagonists are fierce and ready to tear stuff up but, under all that bad assness they are usually very caring and loyal to those they hold dear. I also really love the world building.

    LOL…don’t feel bad Julie. I only discovered it a couple of years back myself. These things happen… 😉

  3. Oops…forgot my favorite series. I’d have to say Kim Harrison’s Hollows series is my favorite because it’s the one that help me discover the awesomeness of this genre.

  4. Jess – You may be new but you’ve embraced this genre like mad! And thanks to that, I’m hearing about some new series from you, so thanks!

    Jen – I am also in total awe over the world building. These authors are just amazing!

  5. I have not been able to get into the UF books yet just because I never knew they existed till I stumbled upon these book blogs while starting mine up! I am very excited to start…and I’ll be starting with the “Fever” series…
    Julie, I am very excited to read all of your posts this week and hear what everyone has to say about them! 😀

  6. Deanna – I know I’ve told you this before, but I can’t wait for you to read the Fever series!!!

  7. I switch back and forth between straight romance, and UF, mainly to keep them both fresh, but it also depends on my mood. Sometimes I just gotta have that happy ending, whereas other times I’m in the mood for something more ambiguous, where it isn’t guaranteed that everyone is going to live.

    I was never much of a fan of straight fantasy – it’s just too medieval for me. UF is perfect – supernatural and inventive, but none of that medieval stuff to annoy me.

  8. I guess it is the geek in me but I have read UF even before I knew that it had a name. I guess that I just considered it fantasy.

    My favorite series so far is the Fever series but Stacia Kane’s Downside series comes in a close second.

  9. I looooooove Urban Fantasy because I am a sucker for mythology. Any mythology be it celtic, norse, greek, completely made up, a blend of a ton of stuff, anything! I just love it. But I also like the setting to be more current and “urban” – I am so not a historical setting kinda person. And, I do have to have a little romancin and smexin in my UF, too. 😛

  10. Melissa – I have heard that the term “Urban Fantasy” is relatively new. And I totally agree with your favorites! 🙂

    Pam – It’s just not as juicy without the little romancin’. lol

  11. I like that UF has a little bit of all the genres that I usually like: fantasy, romance, mystery, horror, maybe throw in some paranormal aspects to some stories and a dash of mythology to others. My favorites series is the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Although, Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson is a close second and Stacia Kane’s Downside series was love at first read for me. Looooooooooooooove me some Terrible.

  12. Angela – Yes. Terrible is Awesome sauce! 🙂

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