Why fantasy? To the non-writer and writer alike, this seems a current question. With the popularity of Twilight, everyone believes that if you write in this genre it’s because you are hoping to jump on the gravy train. As if writing fantasy or paranormal is as easy as riding a bike. Well, some people never learned to ride a bike…. Writing fantasy isn’t easy. Nothing in writing is easy.
I don’t write in this genre because it’s trendy or popular or whatever other hack reason people may think up. I write in this genre because I read in this genre. Always have. It’s what I like. I also like Science Fiction. These types of books are engaging and transporting. They take us from our living rooms and place us in other worlds. Worlds we could never have imagined. They allow us to see things we would never have seen otherwise. There is magic in fantasy.
I could sit down and write in another genre. I could write endless emails about random things, essays, etc. if I chose to. I choose YA fantasy.
It’s very difficult to distinguish yourself within this genre anymore. So many ideas (most) have been heard and done, and done again. Finding original or unique material is almost laughable. We try to take these ideas and spin them in a different way—take readers down a different path. Show them something they haven’t yet seen.
So why write Fantasy when it’s one of the most popular, and therefore, hardest genres to break into? Because we write what moves us, what drives us. We write what wakes us up and rattles us with ideas. The ideas that make us pound away at the keyboard or put pen to paper. The ideas that won’t let go.
Ten years from now, the hottest thing going could be books on space travel and distant galaxies. That doesn’t mean we shift gears and attempt to write about something just because it’s hot (well…you shouldn’t do that anyway).
We should stick to our guns and write what we have a passion for, what we love. I write fantasy because for me, there is no greater genre. For me it is magical.
What genre do you write in and why? Do you think everyone jumping on the YA bandwagon helps or hurts the writing industry? More titles = More selection OR not so much?
Love to hear your thoughts!
This entry was posted on June 10, 2011 by Laney. It was filed under Publishing, Writing and was tagged with Author, Fiction, Inspiration, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Writing, YA Fiction.