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Urban fantasy (genre)

Urban fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements. However, the stories can take place in historical, modern, or futuristic periods, as well as fictional settings. The prerequisite is that they must be primarily set in a city.[1][2]
Urban fantasy describes a work that is set primarily in a city and contains aspects of fantasy. These matters may involve the arrivals of alien races, the discovery of earthbound mythological creatures, coexistence between humans and paranormal beings, conflicts between humans and malicious paranormals, and subsequent changes in city management.[3][4]
Though stories may be set in contemporary times, this characteristic is not necessary for the fiction to be considered urban fantasy,[1] as works of the genre may also take place in futuristic and historical settings, real or imagined.[3] Author Marie Brennan has set urban fantasy in Elizabethan London, while author Charles de Lint has featured the genre in the fictional city of Newford.[2][5]
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Holmes, Jeannie (December 21, 2010). "Writing Urban Fantasy, Part 1". jeannieholmes.com. http://www.jeannieholmes.com/index.php/2010/12/21/writing-urban-fantasy-part-1-oh-yeah-says-who/. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Datlow, Ellen (2011). Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy. New York: St. Martin's Press, xii-xiii. ISBN 978-0-312-38524-8. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Better Part of Darkness review". Publishers Weekly. http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4391-0965-6. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  4. "Deadtown by Nancy Holzner". Publishers Weekly. http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-441-01813-0. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  5. Pagan, Bella (November 13, 2007). "Midnight is in fact coming to Orbit!". orbitbooks.net. http://www.orbitbooks.net/2007/11/13/midnight-is-in-fact-coming-to-orbit/. Retrieved November 5, 2010. 




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