Is Fantasy Fiction Too Safe? (via @mythicscribes, HT: @ciaraballintyne)

Philip Overby looks into his own enjoyment of Fantasy, and posits some reasons why fantasy writers might or might not play it safe when writing new work.

I guess you’re expecting me to say, “Ugh, I’m so sick of epic fantasy.” Actually, no. I quite enjoy these kinds of stories for the most part, and have done so for around twenty years or more.

However, I found myself in a bit of a quandary recently when I thought, “I’d like to read something a bit different in tone, structure, and scope.” So I started looking through my collection of books. Admittedly lots of fantasy.

I'm not much of a fan of fantasy anymore (particularly epic fantasy), having read my share of Eddings and Feist tomes in my youth. That doesn't mean there isn't huge scope yet in the fantasy genre, obviously. Philip explores this:

A question kept nagging me, though. For a genre as limitless as fantasy, why do I feel like I need to escape the genre to get something completely different? Could it be that fantasy is one of the safest genres out there? Is safe a bad word?


Why Fantasy Writers Might Try to Crack the Genre Open

  1. Fantasy is a limitless genre

  2. The potential exodus of readers to Young Adult fiction

  3. The ability of new writers to immediately distinguish themselves

and conversely:

Why Fantasy Writers Prefer to Play it Safe

  1. It’s easier to meet reader expectations

  2. The fear of being ignored

  3. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

I've snipped out his detailed exploration of these points, so click through to check it out here: