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smiley16.gif posted on 6-21-2010 at 05:49 PM
Fantasy or Sci-Fi?


This is my first year on JulNoWriMo, but last year was my first year on NaNoWriMo. Just some information. :)

Anyway, I wanted you to help me decide which genre my story is. (The idea isn't developed much.) :crying:

All I know is:

*A girl goes to some kind of satelite or something. (She is a child prodigy for her writing skills and acting skills.)
*She gets powers and a sword.
*Place is in distress.
*She gets this team of knights.
*They, together, through trials I have not made up yet (8-) ) put an end to this world's distress.

Well, is it good enough? And what genre do you think this is? Please help!

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[*] posted on 6-21-2010 at 05:53 PM


Really... I don't worry about genre. It's not up to the author what genre it's denoted as (though you can call it whatever you want) Really. It's up to the bookstores and libraries which genre location they put it at. So don't worry too much. Just write. :)



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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 04:13 AM


The setting makes me think more of science fiction than fantasy.



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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 12:34 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Kristina  
The setting makes me think more of science fiction than fantasy.


Yeah, I thought more sci-fi once I thought of warping and knights...:)

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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 12:35 PM


Quote: Originally posted by cheyenne.r.trumbo  
Really... I don't worry about genre. It's not up to the author what genre it's denoted as (though you can call it whatever you want) Really. It's up to the bookstores and libraries which genre location they put it at. So don't worry too much. Just write. :)


Oh! That's a lot of stress off of me! :D

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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 12:47 PM


:D You're welcome! I never worry too much about what I write. What I read however, is a different story. ;)



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smiley11.gif posted on 6-23-2010 at 05:45 PM


Quote: Originally posted by cheyenne.r.trumbo  
:D You're welcome! I never worry too much about what I write. What I read however, is a different story. ;)


:D Haha, yeah. ;)




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[*] posted on 6-23-2010 at 06:27 PM


Cheyenne is absolutely right. Couldn't have said it better. But if it makes you feel better to say "I write such and such genre," it's called futuristic fantasy. And, despite Burnttoast's jokes (http://forum.julnowrimo.com/viewthread.php?tid=1057), futuristic fantasy is not about vampire's in spacesuits. It's exactly what you're writing.:) Science-fiction-fantasy cross-overs are common, since the genres are twins.

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[*] posted on 6-24-2010 at 07:31 AM


I wanna write about vampires in spacesuits! Who get too close to the sun... Okay, that might be really short.

I have a story that I will one day write that I was wondering where to stick it - it's in the future but there's magic and stuff. Don't know why, but I like knowing where to put things. I decided mine was semi-sci-fi.
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smiley14.gif posted on 6-29-2010 at 05:22 PM
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Swords and knigts don't really make it fantasy. Add in some magic and mythical creatures and you have fantasy. I would call this Science Fiction from the information you have given. Her powers were given to her by a machine. I also think that there should be a catagory on here for Science fiction/Fantasy. My book is that. I have aliens and technology (Science Fiction) and wizards, dragons, minotaur, etc... (Fantasy)
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smiley11.gif posted on 7-6-2010 at 08:45 PM


It sounds pretty cool. To me it sounds like a combination of scifi and fantasy. The scifi comes from the girl being on a satelitte. Fantasy is from the knights, powers and swords. It makes me think medieval times
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[*] posted on 7-7-2010 at 02:27 PM


I believe that if we were going to be absolutely correct, there is a genre called Science Fantasy, which is basically the Fantasy version of the "Space Opera" sub-section of the Science-Fiction Genre.

Really, it all depends how you explain the powers away. If the powers are given by a machine or can be explained by science (and won't immediately be recognizable as magic), then that would be Science Fiction. If its a Fantasy-In-Space, probably Fantasy.

On the other hand, I would seriously suggest not worrying about it. Write what you love and worry about the critics later. Some of the best advice I ever heard was "Consider yourself a true artist. And True artists know that classifications are for hacks". :rolleyes: :D




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[*] posted on 7-17-2010 at 10:10 PM


Don't worry about it. It will just cause you more stress than you need and writing a book is already stressful, trust me.

Just call it Sci-Fi/Fantasy & start typing. Then when you are done figure out the sub genre later. Note: This is my first JulNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo too. :)

I'm excited :D.




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