I’m not ranting this Friday, but I’m certainly scratching my head. We’ve been discussing fantasy, romantic fantasy (or fantasy-lite as some are calling it) on my loop. My pal Rebecca Goings has a lot to say on the subject. The non-romantic fantasy shelves are full and I assume that print fantasy is selling well.
My question, the short version: Is romantic fantasy dying on the vine? Readers might so “noooo! I love fantasy!”, but I think that’s a vocal minority, and most readers go for other genres–contemporaries (erotic especially), paranormals (erotic especially), and…not sure.
My theory is that the popularity of the LOTR trilogy breathed temporary new life into fantasy-lite, but that paranormals (especially vampires and shapeshifters) led fans of other-worldly adventures into a fresh new dimension. Whether folks get sick of that genre and swing back to fantasy remains to be seen.
Do you agree? Disagree? I’d love to know what you think!