Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book Genre Preview: Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy has been the popular book genre today. Urban fantasy is a subset of contemporary fantasy, consisting of novels and stories with supernatural and/or magical elements set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings--as opposed to 'traditional' fantasy set in imaginary locations.

Many urban fantasy novels are told via a first-person narrative, and feature supernatural beings such as vampires, shapeshifters, fairies, witches, sorcerers, and demons. Urban fanatasy stories tend to have a high amount of suspense and action, and sometimes include mystery, romance, humor and/or horror in the plotline.

Some of the today's popular Urban-Fantasy books are the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer, Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Dresden Files Series by Jim Butcher, Grave Hunter series by Jeaniene Frost and Mercy Thompson by Patrica Briggs among others.
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