Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Urban Fantasy, dangit!

Hey everyone,
So it’s not my usual date to post but I had the urge to write on something that’s been bothering me for awhile anddd today seemed to be a great opportunity to do it. Why?
To explain this link, Kim Harrison (best selling author and my personal favorite author) is talking about the invasion of paranormal romance. Not in a bad way but just about how its appearance has taken over every other genre.
See, Kim writes urban fantasy like me, but people want to shove her work under the paranormal romance umbrella. This has obviously happened to Airborne (or the subject would be kind of moot lol) Airborne is definitely not a paranormal romance. Maybe the summaries are vague but I’ve never made bones about distinguishing the difference. (see the FAQ section)
Airborne may have some romantic themes but the end goal of the book isn’t if the guy gets the girl. It’s if the girl gets away from harpies trying to kill her and frees herself of the magic she accidently acquired. The two goals are obviously a wee bit different.
Now the PR isn’t a bad genre to be grouped into, until someone reads your book and then complains “this sucked, there is no romance!” Of course not, it’s not a paranormal romance book. I can’t tell you how many of those similar complaints or ratings I’ve gotten recently. I do my best to separate Airborne into the correct genre, but at least now I know that I’m not the only one having trouble.
End rant