As all of you know, it is the eve before the New Year. I originally was going to write a post about voice in fantasy, but I got the flu and had to delay my post. Due to this, I’ve decided to do a 2012 Fantasy Round-Up. I was inspired by several posts in which other bloggers tell about their year in writing and I decided to give you the year in Fantasy Writing!
1.) One of the biggest successes of this year for fantasy writers was the success of the Young Adult Epic Fantasy Novel, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Many believed the fantasy genre was a thing of the past, a genre that only appealed to a narrow field of readers. The success of Shadow and Bone disproved this thought and kindle hope in the hearts of fantasy writers everywhere! Congratulations to Leigh Bardugo and cheers to the fantasy genre!
2.) I would be a terrible fantasy writer if I didn’t give a nod to the huge success of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movie this month. The movie has hit record numbers worldwide, bringing in nearly $690 million. This should also give hope to budding fantasy writers, showing there is still a huge market for fantasy if one knows how to tap into it.
3.) The second season of Game of Thrones outstripped the first season in viewer ratings, raking in at least 4,000 viewers per episodes, 1000 more than the first season on average. The last episode nearly hitting 5,000 viewers, making it one of the most viewed fantasy television programs.
4.) Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass and Rae Carson’s Crown of Embers were both released this year and gained fairly popular reviews.
5.) There were no huge moves in the adult fantasy world, other than the fact G.R.R Martin’s series, A Song of Fire and Ice continues to be one of the most sold books on Kindle. This is notable for us fantasy writers because it shows that there is still a market for fantasy novels out there and people who wouldn’t necessarily read fantasy are picking up new fantasy books.
This is my year round-up! Feel free to add any notable going ons in fantasy in the comments. I would love to discover what you were most excited about!