Urban Fantasy is the sub-genre I read the most. I wouldn't say it's my favorite, but there's something about it that makes me gravitate towards my UF reading pile while searching for my next read. It's a sub-genre that is far from perfect, but it keeps delivering me with what I need, even when I keep complaining about certain aspects.
The thing I lament the most though, is how various of my reviewer friends don't seem to care much for Urban Fantasy, and in many instances for good reason. Even when I stumble onto a novel I really like I very much hesitate to recommend it to them.
With that in mind, I invited about a handful of them to share their experiences with Urban Fantasy, in particular trying to explore why they dislike the sub-genre, the reasons why they don't read or barely read it, etc. All this in the hopes of maybe exploring how the sub-genre is missing out on a good chunk of potential fantasy readers that for one reason or another Urban Fantasy is not connecting with.
Maybe it'll lead to some self-exploration of the sub-genre, maybe it'll lead to some good discussion, maybe it'll lead to some bickering, or maybe it'll not provide anything much more than some fun venting from a few readers. At the very least, it'll illuminate to me an ongoing curiosity of why some of my reviewer friends seem to avoid Urban Fantasy novels.
Through the coming weeks there'll be various guest posts from these individuals, and I hope some of you guys stop by and read what they have to say. And if any you is interested in providing an on-topic guest post, feel free to contact me, and we'll work out the details.
First guest post will be this Wednesday, titled "The Achilles Heel of Urban Fantasy" which focuses on world building.