Great blog post from sci-fi writer Philip Palmer about urban fantasy. Where sci-fi is about the thing or the process, and fantasy’s about the worldbuilding and the quest, UF is all about the sex–or so Palmer says.
Too simplistic, but he makes a good argument. If you shove aside the madness that is Twilight, there’s lots of UF that is not oversexed. Well, okay, shove aside Laurell K. Hamilton, too, except for the early Anita Blake books. And I would say shove aside JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series except it’s just too good to shove aside. And, okay, you can push the Sookie Stackhouse series aside too, although I love it.
But you still have Jim Butcher. Simon R Green. Kim Harrison. The Kitty Norville series from Carrie Vaughn that I’m reading currently, which started out slow but is growing on me. And my favorite, Patricia Briggs, who can actually make me laugh and cry in the same book. I want to be her someday.
Still, Palmer’s post is a good read–check it out.