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FOR READERS: Violence in Fantasy & Paranormal Fiction

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Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer J. Scott Coatsworth:

Some readers prefer a certain amount of violence in their fantasy and paranormal novels. Is the violence necessary to these genres? It doesn’t have to be physical violence, one of the things I like about Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint series and Melissa Scott’s Astreiant, is the kind of social violence that can be inflicted and those results.

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1 thought on “FOR READERS: Violence in Fantasy & Paranormal Fiction”

  1. Oh yes, Kushner’s books have such an interesting take on what one person can do to another without ever actually lifting a finger to do physical harm. I’m sort of in love with that universe.

    You know, though, I never really consiously thought about this aspect of the genre before. I just tried to think about a book I might have read in either genre that isn’t long on violence and didn’t come up with much. Some of Guy Gavriel Kay’s books if I remember them properly, maybe, but even then, where physical aggression is absent, there are all kinds of other ways the characters manage to damage each other.


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