Fantasy Novel Publishers: A Look at the Most Popular Fantasy Subgenres
Epic Fantasy: Epic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that features large-scale, epic storylines, and a vast and detailed world. It often features a hero or group of heroes on a quest to defeat an evil force. Examples of epic fantasy novels include "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin and "The Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan.
High Fantasy: High fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that features a secondary world with its own set of rules, cultures, and history. It often features a battle between good and evil, and a hero or group of heroes on a quest to save the world. Examples of high fantasy novels include "The Chronicles of Narnia" series by C.S. Lewis, "The Earthsea" series by Ursula K. Le Guin, and "The Kingkiller Chronicle" series by Patrick Rothfuss.
Dark Fantasy: Dark fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that features a darker and grittier world, often with elements of horror and the occult. It often explores themes of death, loss, and the darker aspects of human nature. Examples of dark fantasy novels include "The Dark Tower" series by Stephen King, "The First Law" trilogy by Joe Abercrombie and "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch.
Urban Fantasy: Urban fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that features fantasy elements set in an urban setting, often in the modern world. It often features supernatural elements such as magic and mythical creatures living among humans. Examples of urban fantasy novels include "The Dresden Files" series by Jim Butcher, "The Iron Druid Chronicles" series by Kevin Hearne and "The Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare.
Psychological Fantasy: Psychological Fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that combines elements of fantasy with psychological and emotional themes. It often explores the inner workings of the mind and the human condition. Examples of psychological fantasy novels include "The Dark Tower" series by Stephen King, "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman, and "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch.
These are just a few examples of the most popular fantasy subgenres and their characteristics. There are many other subgenres of fantasy literature, each with their own unique features and elements.