As urban fantasy week winds down, I'd like to pose a question to you, our lovely readers. Yes folks, it's discussion time!
What I would like to know is do you think urban fantasy belongs in the sci-fi section or should it be moved to romance?
|Why are you in the sci-fi section?!|
Where do we draw the line? So much of urban fantasy seems to be nothing more than a set-up for the protagonist to screw the attractive immortals in the city. Sure, they may solve a crime or two along the way, but mostly it's just about the supernatural sex. Look at some of the covers on the urban fantasy novels in the sci-fi section. Don't they seem out of place next to, say, George R.R. Martin or Cherie Priest?
Now, don't get me wrong, I don't mind a bit of sexytimes in my novels. It just seems to me that many urban fantasy novels I've seen and read are less about the urban and the fantasy and more about the sad yet devastatingly handsome vampire who only needs the equally as pretty protagonist to heal all his ancient wounds. Nakedly. Sookie, I'm looking at you!
So what's the cut off? What makes a novel be more sci-fi and another be more romance? Why is Anita Blake shelved in sci-fi but other urban fantasy like J.R Ward is not?
Let me know in comments what you think! Is Anita Blake urban fantasy? Where does sci-fi's urban fantasy end and romance's paranormal romance begin? Does it matter?