Monday, August 06, 2007
Q & A 118
I've been working on rewriting my query for my fantasy novel. I have five narrators who each tell their own part of the story (I promise, it all ties in at the end). Looking at other novels of this type, they are generally described as "epic fantasy". Does epic mean "lots of stories spinning into one" or "best-selling" in this context? The novel is under 100k words so it's certainly not epic in word-count.
If it meant "bestselling," it would consist of LOTR. Instead, it includes LOTR and countless ripoffs of LOTR.
Lots of stories spinning into one may describe epic fantasy, but it describes other genres as well. When I call something epic fantasy on this blog, I refer to fantasy involving kings and swords and a hero in a fantastical world and magic and quests for mystical eggbeaters. Word count doesn't matter, as long as you divide it into a trilogy.
The minions will fill you in on the correct answer, possibly even distinguishing among heroic, high and epic fantasy (if they aren't all the same thing).