World Fantasy Convention; Day Two
November 3, 2012 4 Comments
The hotel room alarm clock didn’t go off at 7am. I laid in bed for a while before curiosity got the better part of me and I checked the time. I didn’t sleep in that much, but it was still annoying that it didn’t work. Looks like these past weeks of rising at 6 am actually paid off. My internal clock is set to 6am.
Today’s panels were a myriad of fantasy that ran the spectrum. There were eighteen panels that ran from 9 am to 5pm (two every hour) and that didn’t include the thirty-six author readings or the mass book signing. I went to two panels on Gothic horror, one on Urban Fantasy and one on Steampunk.
The two on Gothic horror helped me to better understand the genre and how to write it. Unlike the other two, there is a perimeter in which the novel has to reside; certain characteristics that the story must have, in order to call it Gothic. I jotted down as much as I could but I’m not a fast writer. Hopefully I got enough to help me out on my Hallowell series.
The Defining Urban Fantasy panel was just the opposite, IMO, but that’s not a bad thing. It just means that as this genre became popular, more elements tended to creep in, giving it a new flavour. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the one thing that was strictly agreed upon—the story MUST be in an urban setting. Period. As Urban Fantasy merges with other genres, it will become increasing hard for the agent/publisher/bookstore to ‘label’ these novels. Which makes me wonder, who does this labelling really help? Decades ago there were two categories; Science Fiction and Fantasy. They also discussed how Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy were being fused(?) in that when you hear the word Urban Fantasy, you immediately think Paranormal romance. Oh, and I’m not saying who, but one of the panellist did say that Paranormal Romance is waning.
The Steampunk panel was the last one for me today. I have a feeling it will evolve the same way Urban Fantasy has, in that you won’t be able to accurately define it because it encompasses so many elements. Again, nothing wrong with that, but it will make the agent/publisher/bookstore confused as to where to place it.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to dinner.