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    Urban Fantasy or Romance – Win a Book
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  • Published: Aug 31st, 2009

There’s been much discussion about what constitutes an urban fantasy book. We asked bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu, who writes both romance (the Dirk & Steele novels) and urban fantasy (the Hunter Kiss novels) to give us her definition.

See video below and let us know what you think urban fantasy is. We’ll be giving away an urban fantasy book to a random poster  (you must live in the United States to qualify).

9 Responses to “Urban Fantasy or Romance – Win a Book”

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  1. Pam P
    on Aug 31st, 2009
    @ 6:10 am

    Darn, my sound card isn’t working, will check back on comments later.

    For me, UF is more focused on a plot and the world, main character growth depending on the book, not the romance. Any romance being secondary, may or may not result in a traditional HEA down the road in the series.


  2. Dee
    on Aug 31st, 2009
    @ 6:34 am

    I agree with Pam P. The romance and sole focus of the hero and heroine combination takes a backseat to action, world building, and character development for either the first person narrative character, or in a third person, the characters within the world.


  3. Elena
    on Aug 31st, 2009
    @ 11:24 am

    I think romance is more of a catch-all term, and urban fantasy is a specific subgenre. Romance is an amazing term, because it funnels in so many different settings, characters, and even plots; but at its core it must have two people falling in love. Urban fantasy is much more specific. While “fantasy” is something of a catch-all term, urban fantasy requires a city (or town) as its setting, a plot, world-building, and so on.

    But I think something can certainly be a romance and urban fantasy. Personally, I prefer my romances with plot and world-building; they genuinely seem more engaging and, yeah, romantic!


  4. Beth
    on Aug 31st, 2009
    @ 6:10 pm

    I know at least from a librarian perspective there is a huge difference between urban fantasy and romance. Many, many “urban” books come with a subject heading erotica and many, many public libraries have a strict collection development policy that excludes all erotica no matter the author, publisher, or sub-genre. If the library market is important to an author or a publisher they must watch how their book is classified to see if that erotica subject heading is used.


  5. Maria Lokken
    on Aug 31st, 2009
    @ 7:03 pm

    Wow Beth – that’s interesting – I didn’t know that.

    As far as urban fantasy is concerned – I read it, and I enjoy it. I think one of the main differences is that you don’t always get the HEA with urban fantasy.


  6. Beth
    on Aug 31st, 2009
    @ 8:00 pm

    Maria,

    If that is true I wouldn’t call any book without a HEA a romance whether it is “urban” or not. I’m an HEA girl and if it doesn’t have that I would like to know ahead of time.


  7. Donna S
    on Aug 31st, 2009
    @ 11:32 pm

    I think UF fantasy is something that could take place in our world or an alternate version but involves people and situation that are not possible in the “real world.” There can be romance or a HEA but it is not the central focus of the story and is more of a secondary story arc. It is more about the characters, situations and locations of the story than the romance.


  8. Raelena
    on Sep 1st, 2009
    @ 4:42 am

    I think it is fantasy that takes magical creatures and places them in a modern day type setting. Definitely one of my fave genres.
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  9. Maria Lokken
    on Sep 1st, 2009
    @ 7:08 am

    Thanks everyone for your comments.

    Congratulations to Beth ! You’ve won a book. Please send your snail mail address to alphamail@romancenovel.tv