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FOR READERS & WRITERS: The State of Fantasy Romance

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

At a writing retreat I was at a couple years ago, I was told that fantasy romance was one of the lowest selling categories in queer romance. But things change. So get out your crystal balls and tell me – what’s the state of fantasy romance now, and what’s likely to happen with it in the near future?

Writers: This is a writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the topic.


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1 thought on “FOR READERS & WRITERS: The State of Fantasy Romance”

  1. I don’t see this discussion over on FB, so thought I’d comment here! I do love fantasy romance, but it’s an odd genre these days. If GoT is big and The Captive Prince series by CS Pacat has done well, one would think fantasy in general would be doing better? Though both of those are focused on political intrigue (especially GoT) more than romance. And fantasy I think does have to grow beyond the rather white-washed, knights and dragons cliches, which makes one wonder what actually *fits* as “fantasy”? Maybe Captive Prince doesn’t? Must there be dragons? That as a condition feels odd to me!
    Though I love reading and writing fiction that is technically mythopoeic, which can encompass more and I feel does still fit “fantasy”. I just don’t feel many people are writing that? Or have I missed some awesome reads?


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