Wtf a Fantasy Podcast #3 – Urban Fantasy

We continue to explore the various sub-genres of Fantasy and this week’s cast was focused on Urban Fantasy. Throughout we discuss exactly what defines Urban Fantasy, and the various authors and novels that express key elements of the genre.

There’s a long discussion about Laurell K. Hamilton, what she means to the genre and how her Anita Blake series (d)evolved. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is discussed at length, as well as John Crowley’s Little, Big. We even get into a little bit of Shakespeare. Many other authors/works were discussed so check out the cast notes below the video for more details or watch the cast and see if your favorites were brought up.

Agree or disagree with our points in this week’s cast? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Panelists:

June Faramore
Lisa Richardson
CJ Casey

Webcast Notes:

  • 0:00:01 – Cat throwing, song and intro
  • 0:03:00 – The many definitions of urban fantasy debate
  • 0:06:50 – Where urban fantasy fits in the fantasy spectrum
  • 0:09:30 – Settings not urban, does that matter? L.J. Smith
  • 0:13:00 – Laurell K. Hamilton and our love/hate relationship with her novels
  • 0:22:18 – CJ’s picks: John Crowley and Mark Helprin
  • 0:26:00 – Borrowing elements and building upon others – paranormal fantasy and Harry Potter
  • 0:30:58 – Worlds behind the scenes vs worlds out in the open
  • 0:35:35 – Urban fantasy vs paranormal romance vs paranormal fantasy
  • 0:38:02 – L.J. Smith part 2 – paranormal fantasy or urban fantasy?
  • 0:40:14 – Twilight debate
  • 0:44:00 – tech difficulties…ooops.
  • o:45:10 – Graphic novels – Sandman, Preacher
  • 0:48:55 – Does all urban fantasy have to take place in modern times?
  • 0:52:06 – Other works with aspects of urban fantasy
  • 0:54:09 – Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files and urban fantasy based on urban legends
  • 0:56:44 – Summary, next week’s topics, ending theme music

Recommended Reading:

  • Laurell K. Hamilton – Anita Blake series, the early stuff
  • L.J. Smith – The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter
  • John Crowley – Little, Big
  • Mark Helprin – Winter’s Tale
  • Rob Thurman – Cal Leandros series
  • Patricia Briggs – Mercy Thompson series
  • Charlaine Harris – Southern Vampire series
  • Seanan McGuire – Discount Armaggedon
  • Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere, American Gods, Sandman, Stardust
  • Lois Duncan – Stranger With My Face
  • Garth Ennis – Preacher
  • Dianna Wynne Jones – Fire and Hemlock, Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Jim Butcher – The Dresden Files
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