You know, Epic Fantasy? Like Lord of the Rings material? Is there still a place for this in the world?
More and more, I feel like I see Romance, Mystery-Thrills, and Science Fiction on the rise…but not so much fantasy. Sure, there’s Urban Fantasy, maybe some “Paranormal” Fantasy that mixes some hot romance in there. But the ORIGINAL fantasy? The O.G. of Fantasy? Where’s that at?
People don’t seem to have much time for fantasy. Especially in the United States, where NOBODY has any time, we seem to prefer those heart-pounding standalone novels. Mystery-thrillers that pack a punch. Steamy romances that appeal to our guilty pleasures (eww). Or a combination of the two in the form of a sexy vampire (why are these so popular?).
My theory is that epic fantasy novels a) involve too much imagination for the modern American or b) are too long, because there are very few standalone fantasy novels.
But isn’t the imagination and creativity worth it? Isn’t the sense of journey, the sense of companionship built between the characters and the reader worth it?
I personally love fantasy, and I’d love to see it come back full-throttle. I’m not just talking about my own series; I’m saying I’d love to inspire people to literally get OUT of this world and write about something beautiful. Where did this all go?
As always, I want to know, What do you think?