Fantasy Heroines and Beauty Standards

Erika Johansen, author of The Queen of the Tearling, wrote an article on Buzzfeed titled “Why We Need ‘Ugly’ Heroines“. While I agree with the majority of what she said in the article, I found her to be a little hypocritical. In her article, Johansen talks about there not being enough realistic heroines in fantasy novels. You’ll […]

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My Favorite Things – March

I started my spring quarter the last week of March and went, “Wow, it’s already April.” I thought I would start off the month (on my blog) by talking about a few of the things I enjoyed this last month. Warning: Long post ahead. Beauty/Skincare I can’t believe there is even a beauty product on […]

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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.

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