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Friday, May 4, 2012

FANTASY OR ROMANCE?

As a writer of both of these genres, I find myself quite curious to know how many people favor which genre, or even if you favor both or neither. I have been writing fantasy and poems since I was really young. I started romances around the age of fifteen or sixteen, so four to five years now. I'm wondering which genre will sell better. I realize this depends on how well I write either, but this also depends on the preference of the readers.

I must also point out that romance has always been a part of my writing. In the fantasy series, some heavy plot points revolve around the romance of the two main characters. I find romantic elements can really add feeling and suspense to a story. Yet, so can a giant minotaur, or even a dragon. I know what you're thinking. How can either of these creatures add feeling to a story. Read the first book of my fantasy series and you'll see.

I know there are some people who don't have a taste for either of these genres. If so, I would still love to hear your thoughts on the genres you prefer. This is an open post. I just wanted to discuss the two genres I read and write. You can even discuss your favorite books of your favorite genres. Anything to bring some entertainment. And I just realized it's not Saturday. Silly me. Oh well, this post can't wait.

3 comments:

  1. Hitherto, all the drafts I've written have been fantasy. While I enjoy romantic subplots--and agree they add tension, etc--I have never really liked straight-out romance. I like when love grows within a bigger picture, because I think that's truer to real life.

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  2. Fantasy has always been my dominant genre. Yet, there have always been deep romantic roots in the plots of my fantasy stories, which is why I started writing contemporary romances. Also, because I write so many love poems and song lyrics. I will always consider fantasy my genre, though.

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  3. I prefer the romance genre. It is an area of bookselling that you will always have an audience for because love is a natural Universal need. This is why Jane Austen's books are timeless. This is why Elizabeth Gaskell's book North & South is so phenomenal to this very day and women read it over and over as they do Jane Austen's books. If you have not seen the BBC miniseries based on the classic book North & South I highly recommend it. It is easy enough to stream it on Netflix or amazon.com.

    I am much older than you are so I am not as likely to read a romance book specifically for YA, but love and romance surpasses all ages, so no matter what romance sells.

    Have you explored becoming a member of Romance Writers of America? RWA has chapters throughout the country that meet regularly and it is great support for people who write romance.

    I wish you all the best in your writing. I can sense your passion for it.

    Have a great day!

    Xenia

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