Cobblestone Fantasy

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We had a meeting of our local NaNoWriMo group this morning. We call it a Write-in, but it’s really more of a Yack-in. It’s just exciting to get together with a whole bunch of other crazy Wrimos and jabber on about how insane this is, and how difficult to find the time, and “Did you get your word count so far?” and “What are you doing about an outline – are you a plotter or a pantser?” And of course, the big question: “What are you writing this year?”

And in the course of that latter discussion, one of us coined a new term. They’re writing fantasy, and we asked if it was set in a classic medieval-style fantasy world. And they said, “Yes, cobblestone fantasy.”

Bam, on the nose! That’s such an awesome term, it needs to be put in the dictionary of genres. “Cobblestone Fantasy: n., fantasy fiction set in a traditional medieval world.”

That’s what a lot of my stories are. See, there is, just to mention a few flavours, “Urban Fantasy” (think Twilight or maybe even Harry Potter – fantasy in a modern setting), or “Steampunk” (generally set in an alternate-reality Victorian-type age), and then there’s the big classic of them all, “Sword & Sorcery”, which is the Lord of the Rings style of fantasy with a pseudo-medieval European setting.

But my books, as a rule, are generally not set here & now (at least not as a whole); they don’t deal in Victoriana; and they have no swords and practically no sorcery. But they do have cobblestones. Almost every single one has cobblestones in it somewhere, if not actually described, then implied. Cobblestones, and open hearths, and horse-and-carriage travel; porridge for breakfast and stew for dinner, cloaks and gowns and market days with vendors in market booths (on a cobble-paved market square, of course).

So, next time someone asks me what I write, I’ll tell them: “Cobblestone fantasy!” Because that nails it.

Life, the Universe, and Cobblestone Fantasy. We’ve coined a new term.

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6 responses to “Cobblestone Fantasy

  1. I love it! Have you heard the “noblebright” designation? http://www.cjbrightley.com/noblebright/noblebright-fantasy-overview/ I’m not crazy about the name, but I like the concept. I’m still searching for a better descriptor for mine than “cozy fantasy!”

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    • amo

      Heh, I hadn’t even heard the term “grimdark” (although I’m certainly familiar with the style as something I stay away from). And “cheerybright” and “noblebright” – yeah, I get that.
      Thinking about it some more, I think “cobblestone fantasy” is more about the setting/style than about the content. And yes, it’s hard to find a proper descriptor for what we’re doing. But, having said that, I think “cozy fantasy” fits yours very well, actually (more so than mine even), because sometimes “a cozy” alone is applied to the type of mysteries your fantasies are modelled on – so if a reader expects a mystery when they hear “cozy”, that’s what they get with yours.

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  2. Reblogged this on Confessions of a Geek Queen and commented:
    An interesting blog post from one of my fellow Wrimos this morning.

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  3. Love the crow on the cobblestones. How very appro-Poe of you. ;p

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