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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What is FF&P?

FF&P Authors on Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance:

Fantasy Romance: All the sweeping, inventive, complex world-building of genre forefathers/mothers such as Tolkein, McCaffrey and Le Guin but driven hard by complicated, delicious, dangerous and often magical love stories that compel heroes and heroines on epic journeys.

Leanna Renee Hieber

Futuristic Romance is Science Fiction Romance's intellectually light-weight little sister. It is STAR WARS with sex. It may be set in the future, which could be high tech, or post-apocalyptic and primitive; or on another parallel world where space travel or inter-dimensional travel is a reality. There can be space ships, hyperspace, robots... but no one wants to know about electro-magnetic propulsion systems, event horizons, and escape velocity.

Rowena Cherry

Paranormal romances are character driven love stories set against the backdrop of an alternate reality where magic, superhuman abilities, and nonhuman species are integral parts of the world in which the hero and heroine exist.

Alexis Morgan

Paranormal Romance is a work of fiction that uses the plot conventions of fantasy or horror and foregrounds a love story between the heroine and hero (or possibly some other character combination in terms of number and gender). The romance provides the structure of the story (e.g., the romantic conflict is solved last, after the external conflict). The central focus on the relationship between the principal characters distinguishes Paranormal Romance from a fantasy or horror novel with a romantic subplot.

Margaret L. Carter

Psychic Romance A story that explores the mysterious and dark territory of the mind, reaching beyond the physical and touching the emotions where they reside.

Eilis Flynn

Science Fiction Romance: Very basically, it's a novel set in a future or alternate and (often) higher-tech setting that fulfills the tenets of science fiction, and where a key conflict in the novel involves the intimate relationship of the main characters. I say basically because science fiction itself is so difficult to pin down (which is why some people use the term speculative fiction).

Linnea Sinclair -- in an interview at Sequential Tart.

Shapeshifter Romance—a story where at least one of the main human characters can shift into another form such as a wolf (werewolf), cat (were-cats), dragons (were-dragons), selkies (seal shifters), etc.

Terry Spear

Urban fantasy is set in a contemporary environment very much like the real world, except that magic and/or mythical creatures exist. It is frequently (but not always) told in the first person from a female point of view, and there is often a romantic plot or subplot. Despite the term "urban" fantasy, it is not necessarily set in a city.

Jenna Black

For more resources, see What is FF&P?

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