Urban fantasy

Urban fantasy is a fantastic genre[1], though many consider it to be a subgenre of fantasy, in which the narrative has magical rules or elements operating in an urban setting.[2][3] Works of urban fantasy may be set in the real world and introduce aspects of fantasy, or in a fantasy world with operating rules recognizably similar to ours. Elements such as discovery of earthbound mythological creatures, coexistence or conflict between humans and paranormal beings, and the changes such characters and events bring to local life are the mainspring.[4][5] Many authors, publishers, and readers distinguish them from works of paranormal romance, which use similar characters and settings, but focus on the romantic relationships between characters. A contemporary setting is not strictly necessary for a work of urban fantasy: works of the genre may also take place in futuristic and historical settings, actual or imagined, as long as the rules remain recognizably those of the present universe.[6][4]

Use of "Urban Fantasy"

The term urban fantasy had been in use in print from as far back as the early 20th century. However, when used then, the term described a characteristic of some object or place. For example, in Horst Schmidt-Brummer's 1973 book about Venice, California, he adds the subtitle, "An Urban Fantasy", to denote nostalgia for what he feels is a bygone lack of appreciation for the uniqueness of the city.[7] And in various New York Times advertisements in 1928 through 1930 for the St. Regis hotel, the term appears to imply that the hotel's setting is a sort of paradise: "Never was an urban fantasy so enchanting..."[8]

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беларуская: Гарадское фэнтэзі
español: Urban fantasy
français: Fantasy urbaine
한국어: 도시 판타지
italiano: Urban fantasy
українська: Міське фентезі
中文: 都市奇幻