When talking about fantasy novels, what does the term “urban fantasy” refer to? I haven’t read many urban fantasy novels myself, but according to wikipedia, urban fantasy is:
A subset of contemporary fantasy, consisting of magical novels and stories set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings–as opposed to ‘traditional’ fantasy set in wholly imaginary landscapes, even ones containing imaginary cities, or having most of their action take place in them. Urban fantasy may also refer to more modern versions of ‘traditional’ fantasy worlds. The modern urban fantasy protagonist faces extraordinary circumstances as plots unfold in either open (where magic or paranormal events are commonly accepted to exist) or closed (where magical powers or creatures are concealed) worlds.
Contemporary authors of urban fantasy novels might include:
- Neil Gaiman
- Robin Hobb (aka Megan Lindholm)
- Laurell K. Hamilton
- Mark Helprin
Any serious fans of urban fantasy? Who are your favorite authors? Novels?