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Subject: Fantasy mixed with other genres
Date Posted: 1/29/2009 9:56 AM ET
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I have noticed recently that I will read genres I don't really like if they are set in the real world, if they are set in a fantasy world and marketed as fantasy. For example, I am currently reading a fantasy series that is also a spy/suspense series. I would never read spy/suspense if it was set in the real world. I also never read horror, vampire, war, murder mysteries if they are "real" world - but I don't mind those things at all set in a fantasy world. I really don't even mind them if they are set in a fantasy version of the "real" world - as in Harry Potter. I admit I prefer "pure" fantasy - such as Tolkien - but I do wonder why elements that bother me in genre fiction don't bother me in fantasy fiction. The only thing I can't stand in any book is graphic sex - which I have noticed is not that common in the majority of "pure" fantasy novels - at least not the ones I have read so far.

Maybe it's just that in real world novels the "bad" stuff from genres I don't like is too close to reality, and in a fantasy world you are always removed from it. This series I am reading right now is very suspenseful and would have me very tense if it were the kind of thing written by Tom Clancy because I know most of his books could come true. As it is, I am really enjoying it because I know what is happening in the story can't possibly effect "my" world.

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 7:19 AM ET
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I've noticed I can handle violence better if it's set in a fantasy world. Maybe because I put myself in the books but 'know' that the fantasy world isn't real..not sure exactly but if I read a romantic suspense it's like I feel all the stuff that's going on and it bothers me a lot more than it does in a fantasy story.

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Date Posted: 2/3/2009 2:12 PM ET
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I find I can deal with, and enjoy, horror in a fantasy world. Steven King's The Stand, Kingdom hospital, Rose Red, etc. fascinate me. Cujo just horrified me, becaus that is the kind of thing that could really happen to me.

Subject: Have you tried Alternate history?
Date Posted: 2/7/2009 9:34 AM ET
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My husband is a big fan of this genre, one series he reads retells the story of the Civil War from the view of the South winning or the Germans winning WW II. The ones I have tried have some time travel in them and another mixes fantasy with an alternate history.

The Island in the Sea of Time series and Dies the Fire are two trilogies that are connected.  There is an electromagnetic pulse that causes all technology, gunpowder etc. to fail.  This takes place near the island of Nantucket and the island is sent back in time and the dies the fire contingent is left here to reorganize civilization.  I didn't think I would like them but they are very well written and have some great female characters who are key actors in the events.  The author's name is S.M. Stirling.

His Majesty's Dragon takes place during the Napoleonic era, using dragons in battles between England and France.  There are five books out with a planned 8 books total.  This series is written by a woman and my hubby was very impressed with her knowledge of history.  The relationship between the key dragon and his British officer is very engaging, give it a try!

 

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 1:27 PM ET
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I'd have to agree with you wholeheartedly, Bren. I can deal with most any aspect of fiction outside my genre if it is within a fantasy backdrop. I am totally (and mildly ashamedly) obsessed with a couple of romance series that I would hae NEVER EVER read, but since they are paranormal (which, werewolf, vampire... ) I can entirely enjoy them. Although... sometimes I am embarrased with the romance cover art (rather cover smut)..... and for me, the graphic sex is a bonus

I'm also with you on not liking book set into the real world.... I like my fantasy just that - fantasy!

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 11:54 AM ET
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Cass G. - you must be reading my mind! Cujo terrified me for that reason - there was no 'remove' of the subject matter from my possible Real Life! Kristen - same with me on the romance front - Patricia Briggs, for example!

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 11:57 AM ET
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"His Majesty's Dragon takes place during the Napoleonic era, using dragons in battles between England and France.  There are five books out with a planned 8 books total.  This series is written by a woman and my hubby was very impressed with her knowledge of history.  The relationship between the key dragon and his British officer is very engaging, give it a try!"  It's available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at this site: http://www.suvudu.com/freelibrary/