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The future of High Fantasy January 2, 2013

Hello and Happy New Year!

I have mentioned it before on my blog, but I’m always surprised to read that some agents will represent all Fantasy sub-genres except High/Epic Fantasy. As if High Fantasy was a narrow market without a future.

So today I ask: what is the future of High Fantasy in 2013?

As YA High Fantasy author Sarah J. Maas explained in 2011: “High fantasy isn’t dead. If you say it is, you’re not looking in the right places. Perhaps the good stuff doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves, but it’s out there, changing perspectives and broadening imaginations, reminding us of what it is to be human, and daring girls who love nail polish and boys to dream of something more.”

In 2013, and to prove this point, I am therefore eagerly anticipating:

– the third season of Game of Thrones on HBO (April 2013)

– the second Hobbit movie (December 2013)

– the latest Adult releases by Robin Hobb (March 2013), Mark Lawrence (August 2013) and Brandon Sanderson (October 2013)

– the latest YA releases by Leigh Bardugo (June 2013), Sarah J. Maas (August 2013) and Rae Carson (September 2013)

– debut books by Elizabeth May (May 2013) and Myriam Forster (February 2013)

… and I’m hoping for many discoveries and surprises!

What about you? Which High Fantasy book/TV show/movie are you looking forward to in 2013? Leave us a comment below!

EM

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2 Responses to “The future of High Fantasy”

  1. Marek Lach Says:

    Well, to be honest Tolkien is high fantasy, right? Well, I don’t like him. I think he is too much of a slow burner. On the other hand, Glen Cook is high fantasy too and Chronicles of the Black Company are so good I couldn’t believe I am reading the same genre.

  2. Since the 1980s, High Fantasy has taken a “gritty” turn (simply because the world we live in now is different from the one Tolkien lived in) and it appears that readers enjoy their fantasy more fast-paced and darker nowadays. So it’s not that surprising you prefer Cook to Tolkien! Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂


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