I admit it. I am confused. Or maybe everyone else has it wrong.
I’ve posted before about YA vs Adult, how the definitions have changed over the years. Bambi, the book by Felix Salten not the Golden Rule book version, was a favorite of mine in third grade. Do you think kids read that now? I’d love to know that they do.
Other genre definitions continue to mess with my mind. Urban fantasy vs contemporary fantasy seemed clear, impossible humans living in a modern world. Then I read the definition of urban is any age as long as it is set in the city. Scott Ender wrote an excellent guest blog on the subject.
My publisher Musa’s Urania section calls it speculative fiction. This covers anything from science fiction to horror to fantasy, with all its subgenres of urban, contemporary, epic, dystopian, and supernatural.
Well now, I like that. An umbrella that covers every genre of the weird and impossible. My debut novel Wilder Mage fits perfect in that category.
Oh but wait. Amazon doesn’t have a Spec Fic section.
So my publisher put Wilder Mage in the subgenre of Horror and Occult which kinda surprised me.
It did great though hitting #1.
My first reviews called it urban fantasy and praised it. Other reviewers, meh, not so much. They said it wasn’t urban and called it a romance.
So I give up. I hereby call Wilder Mage literary fiction set in a modern urban area about people who care about each other
And can’t possibly create earthquakes.
There. My genre.
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