I’ve long considered myself to be a fantasy writer. Magic = Fantasy right? I remember a couple of years ago, when I was really gung ho about doing some fairy tale retellings, my mom was super excited because she thought this meant I was going to turn away from the darkness and write some light, fluffy chapter books. Ha, ha. Bless her.
No. I was seeing which ones were standing out to me as something I could do something crazy with. They all fell apart. Some 17 or so fairy tale retelling ideas. I clearly didn’t know what I was doing.
But around that same time, I went through this mini crisis when trying to figure out what to label one of my stories. I ended up with “dark contemporary fantasy” though I probably should have labeled it as paranormal. Still, gluing a genre to my story doesn’t help me explain what kind of writer I am when people ask me what I write. Way back in the early writing days, I said I wrote about “witches and ghosts.” And up until a few years ago, I used to just say “vampires.” But now, since there are no vampires, I say “fantasy? like paranormal and supernatural horror like stuff?”
Anyone who asks me to elaborate (I wonder why hiss) gets a response to the beat of “What do you mean?” Do they mean genre-wise, style-wise, WHAT? Because people have actually asked me who I write like. I have found a few authors who I feel have similar styles to mine, unfortunately, it’s hard to find people in the wild who know who they are. Which is why I go with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer-type things kind of writing.” Which surprisingly, always, seems to make sense whether they actually know what I’m talking about or not.
At writing conferences I’ve been going back and forth between contemporary fantasy, paranormal, and supernatural horror. But lately I’ve been labeling most of my junk as “Dark Fantasy.” I think that means fantasy with horror elements, which would be quite accurate, actually. But for some reason, so no one gets my writing confused with any of the other kinds of fantasy out there since I just about only write in contemporary — non-giant city — settings, I’ve been querying said junk as “dark YA contemporary fantasy.” That’s a mouthful.
sigh Post vampire life is so complicated.
If I had to describe my general writing style, I could say something like, “Mean Girls meets Edgar Allan Poe?” Or “Clueless meets The Craft?” Or maybe just exactly like “The Craft.” Maybe.
Anyway, there’s this thing that some writers do when they talk about their stories: comparisons.
I have NEVER been able to do this. Like I said, the closest I can get is “ditz meets vampyr.” So, you know I can’t do this with individual stories.
That said, I thought it would be fun to try! So here are my “comparisons” for two stories that I’ve written and two stories that are in various stages of being written. “Raven” a supernatural gothic horror, “Discord” a dark contemporary fantasy, “Whisper” a dark fantasy (haha) and “Phantom Silence” a dark fantasy (see what I mean…)
*Disclaimer: I have no idea what I’m doing. Thus, this is for entertainment purposes only, and I mean no offense to the listed media! Lol! 😛
THE ADDAMS FAMILY meets A Secret Garden (Hmm, not too bad…)
The Fall of the House of Usher meets The Bell Witch (LOL! Inside joke…)
Edgar Allan Poe meets Joss Whedon (Don’t I wish!!)
Rapunzel meets THE LITTLE MERMAID (LOL! Yeah…this is no good.)
INCEPTION meets The Odyssey (Wow…this is terrible…)
JAWS meets The Little Match Girl (Okay, now I’m just being silly.)
A Little Princess meets CHARMED (Hey now! This one might actually work!)
Pandora’s Box meets TOMB RAIDER (dies laughing But still, I love this!)
THE MUMMY meets The Phantom of the Opera (Okay, now, this is my favorite!!)
Sleeping Beauty meets HOCUS POCUS (Ooh, doesn’t that sound cool?!)
BLACK SWAN meets The Tudors (I know this is bad, but I likes it!)
Jane Eyre meets SABRINA THE TEENAGED WITCH (Hmm…maybe?!)
Well, that was hilarious. I feel like I got the closest on “Whisper” and the next closest on “Phantom Silence.” The other two are just kind of sad. Have you ever tried to do this? I think I learned something. It may not show, but I really did put a lot of thought into these! LOL! ^_^