Genres Explored: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

The Unread

First let me do some quick definitions.

According to Wikipedia: Paranormal romance is a subgenre of both romantic fiction and speculative fiction. Paranormal romance focuses on romantic love and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the speculative fiction genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

Comparatively Wikipedia says this about urban fantasy: Urban fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Urban fantasy exists on one side of a spectrum, opposite high fantasy, which is set in an entirely fictitious world. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements. However, the stories can take place in historical, modern, or futuristic periods, and the settings may include fictional elements. The prerequisite is that they must be primarily set in a city.

Even with those explanations, it is super hard to separate the two since a lot of sites or bookstores put the two together. I’m in a group…

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