WHAT'S HAPPENED TO URBAN FANTASY?

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Has urban fantasy derailed?

Submitted: December 24, 2009

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It used to be that urban fantasy was pretty pedestrian--harmless.  I can fondly remember many of my favorite movies in the genre: Manikin, Click, Date with an Angel, Splash, Bewitched, The Stepford Wives, The Girl the Gold Watch and Everything, Wierd Science, Bedazzled, Damn Yankees and many more.  It seems that fantasy has not only gone "dark" in the last decade, but now it's veering into territory once held by the horror novelists, including vamps and werewolves, demons and succubus.  Today, I think it's a fair statement to say that paranormal thriller/fantasy is gaining ground fast.  I see the reflection of it in the editors/agents eyes, a hungry gleam.  I've found myself writing grittier, sexier, more frightening and compelling stories.  I'm beginning to scare myself.  Sometimes I reach a threshold--a limit, to just what I think is TOO much and beyond the limits of decency, according to our moral fabric.  There are lines I won't cross, but has to be pretty repulsive.  I miss the humor, the irony and the laughter I used to scribble.  I wonder if this trend in the publishing industry is a reflection of our future outlook on society. 


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