The Highs and Lows of Urban Fantasy

I’ve been reading a lot lately and a lot of what I’ve been reading has been paranormal or urban fantasy. Urban fantasy is basically fantasy set in an urban setting. The setting doesn’t necessarily have to be real place but usually takes place in a city. Although I hate to divide the genre this way, usually the paranormal/urban fantasy novels I’ve read can be divided either via the male or female main character. Who is the series about?

Some urban fantasy novels with male heroines are series like the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher or the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. Notable series with female heroines include The Others by Anne Bishop or Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews.

Personally, urban fantasy is one of my favorite fantasy subgenres – the other being epic fantasy. But the more I read urban fantasy novels, I start to notice a pattern. This is inevitable when you read a lot of just one genre. The same can be said for young adult or epic fantasy novels. You start to notice a pattern. When characters aren’t fleshed out properly, they also start to blend in together. It’s not that the book is bad – it’s just something I’ve read before.

But in my opinion, there are only so many ideas in the world. It’s what authors do to those ideas that make a book interesting.

In my head I divide the urban fantasy novels via the male heroes and the female heroines. I do this because I feel the urban fantasy novels with female heroines focus more on romance. The female main characters also tend to all have the same personality. They usually include detailed sex scenes, along with detailed descriptions of male anatomy.

“You know,” she said, stirring her tea, “the fastest way to get him off your back is to sleep with him. And tell him you love him. Preferably while in bed.”

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

And there are stuff like that. Along with tons of bulging muscles and naked chest descriptions. Not to mention, the female heroine usually has a “bad ass” personality and can kick butt.

Urban fantasy novels with a male main character contain romance too. But at least characters don’t blend in together and they don’t over sexualize female bodies all the time. Although this could be because there are way more urban fantasy novels with a female main character, instead of the focus being on a male main character.

One reason I like The Others by Anne Bishop so much is because the two characters that you know are going to end up together, don’t actually end up together until the fifth book. They don’t actually kiss each other until the fifth book either. Do you know how amazing that is? To actually not read a sex scene in the first couple books? The female main character also has a way different personality than most female main characters that star in certain urban fantasy novels. But she’s still amazing!

Despite these patterns, I find myself drawn to urban fantasy. Which is interesting because on a fantasy spectrum, urban fantasy and epic fantasy are really on opposite sides. But even though there are a lot of downsides, I still really enjoy reading urban fantasy, haha.

As you may have noticed, I changed my layout (again). I wanted a sidebar but I wasn’t satisfied with the theme I used before my previous one. And I wanted to go more simpler. Hopefully it’ll last a full year this time!

I changed the “Photo Diary” category to “Film Roll” because I thought the later name suited the blog series more.

And lastly, if you have any book recommendations I would love to hear them! They don’t have to be fantasy. I recently updated my “100 Books for 2017” and changed the stars. Anything that I consider 4 stars and up have different colored stars (black), than anything I think is 3 stars and below (white).

Thanks for reading!