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So when did urban fantasy stop meaning about cities and start meaning about werewolves and vampires then? Was I asleep?

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owlfish
22nd Apr, 2010 14:25 (UTC)
Perhaps around the same time it started to be used synonymously with "paranormal romance". This irks me from both direction, as plenty of urban fantasy and plenty or paranormal romance has nothing like werewolves or vampires in them. A great deal of science fiction romance, for example, ends up shelved under paranormal romance (when such categories are used instead), along with the usual urban fantasy novels.
ffutures
22nd Apr, 2010 14:53 (UTC)
When they realised how much money there was in it.
coalescent
22nd Apr, 2010 15:01 (UTC)
2004 in the US, 2008 over here?
coth
22nd Apr, 2010 15:32 (UTC)
That seems very precise. I'm impressed.

Wikipedia still says cities.
lil_shepherd
22nd Apr, 2010 15:10 (UTC)
I keep on clinging to the old definition, particularly when people ask me to recommend an urban fantasy. As I invariably start with John M Ford's The Last Hot Time, I think I confuse them.
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