I have been engaged in an interesting interview back-and-forth recently, gentle reader, wherein Soulless was accused of not being urban fantasy. According to this person, and wikipedia, urban fantasy must have a contemporary setting, which means my work doesn’t qualify.
So I was left wondering, if not urban fantasy – then what?
I always thought that since it has an urban setting (London) and a strong fantasy element (vampires, werewolves, ghosts) – it would be OK to call it urban fantasy. I suppose one might refer to Soulless as a alternate history paranormal or, in old style literary terms, simply a Gothic novel. But then I would call most “urban fantasies” more accurately “modern Gothics” because often there is no urban setting (see Sookie in the rural south). Locus recently had a very interesting issue tackling definitions of urban fantasy and paranormal romance from different author and editor perspectives. It does seem to be that everyone has a different conceptualization of the term.
Soulless is difficult to categorize because it has its fingers in so many sub-genre pies (steampunk, paranormal, alternate history, gothic, comedic) and as a result I suspect people talk about it as urban fantasy because that is the easiest trope to identify it with quickly.
I thought I might field this question to the readership, where would you place Soulless?
Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
The Wild Haggis on display.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Those Elusive Knights Templar
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Nora Roberts nice little advice to writers: discipline guilt and guilt.
Quote of the Day:
“There is more pleasure to building castles in the air than on the ground.”
~ Edward Gibbon
But it sure is fun to dig the ground ones up.