Everyone has one genre they hold dear above all others. Me? I’m drawn to paranormal and fantasy books with steamy relationships between the hero and heroine. In essence, I like hot urban fantasy. Emphasis on the HOT. 😉
What attracts me most about urban fantasy is the escape from reality. My life is real enough on its own. When I read or write a book, I want to get as far away from reality as I can. “Run for Delusional Hills, Forrest! They’re just north of Out-of-Touch Mountain!” Maybe it’s the slacker in me that craves the fantasy. *Shrugs*
Immersing myself in a good urban fantasy is like entering another world for a short time. A quickie vacation, if you will. I can imagine I’m right there with the characters. And when I’m writing, I can even be the characters. Considering all the hot smex I write about, you can see the allure: “So, I get to ‘be’ Zoe Morgan in this chapter and have sex with rock star Gavin Cassidy?” You don’t have to ask me twice! #NoBrainer
A reader once labeled my books “intelligent smut,” which I think is the perfect term for them. The smut part is pretty obvious, but the “intelligent” part of this equation comes with a side of massive world building. I love to be challenged when I read a book, and well-written urban fantasies do just that. They throw us into a brand new place with new rules and new societies to deconstruct. Figuring out the intricacies of an unfamiliar world is crack for my mind. I guess I’m just a geek with a literary boner.
The final aspects of urban fantasy that yank my chain and fondle my brain are the characters. In UF, characters tend to be pretty…un-normal. (Though I am a mere mortal, I can totally relate to being un-normal.) Who doesn’t want to have special powers or abilities that ratchet life to a new level? Fyre Elemental who can annihilate Aers with a quick burst of flamey goodness? Kickass! I’ll take three of those and a couple of Wæters just in case the Fyres get outta hand.
Urban fantasy characters also tend to have darker streaks than “normal” characters. I like that, too. The darker, the better. To me, conflict is king, for without it, you have no story. I love to unwind characters with a tragic past or a terrible secret—the ones who appear to be pretty well-adjusted on the surface, but who rage a bitter war with themselves or their pasts beneath the veneer. Those freak-on-a-leash characters totally do it for me.
Now you know what gets my literary love tool throbbing when it comes to books. What draws YOU to a particular genre?