Category Archives: Urban Fantasy 101

[Stitch Elsewhere] “Bright” Review @ Strange Horizons

Bright’s entire premise is weak and so’s its reliance on an allegory for racism that fuels its major plot points. In Los Angeles, Orcs are at the bottom of the metaphorical food chain, with many members of the species ostracized … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101: Sexual Assault in the Genre – Part One

Content warnings: this installment of Urban Fantasy 101 will be dealing with sexual assault in the genre. This means that I will be quoting and talking about sexual assault with vivid and graphic language largely pulled from the books that … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101: Mythology Soup

If you take an introductory anthropology or religion class, chances are that your professor will at some point bring up Joseph Campbell’s theory of the monomyth, boiling it down to “every culture shares these aspects of myth and all stories … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101 – Southern Pride and Prejudice

Note: This installment of Urban Fantasy 101 deals with racism and slavery and was written in April for a grad school assignment.   People – writers and otherwise – romanticize a lot of weird (and beyond problematic) shit. From novels … Continue reading

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For a Howling Good Time, Try Moonlighters!

They’re monster helpers, not monster hunters. Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101 – Weird Ass Werewolf Tropes

Content warnings: This installment of Urban Fantasy 101 contains references to or descriptions of racism, homophobia, heterocentrism, sexual assault, childhood abuse, domestic abuse, other forms of discrimination. There are also tons of footnotes. Werewolves are everywhere in the urban fantasy … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101 – Allegory Overuse (ft. Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series)

Content warnings: this installment of Urban Fantasy 101 contains very brief mentions historical acts of oppression (largely in vague terms), sexual assault and pedophilia in Laurel K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, as well as more indepth references to anti-Black and anti-Native … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101 – It’s A Heteronormative World Out There

Notes: Content warnings for brief (but nondescriptive) mentions of sexual assault, mentions of homophobia in the text and a linked article), and just general heterocentrism/heterosexism. One of the recurring tropes common to the urban fantasy genre is the idea that … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101 – Werelions And Tigers And Bears! Oh My!

How many times has this scenario happened to you: You’re reading an Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance story and a shapeshifter shows up that isn’t a wolf. They’re lions, tigers, or bears and guess what… they’re all white. It happens … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101: Single White Vampire

This month in Urban Fantasy 101, we talk about the single white vampire myth and how urban fantasy authors (erroneously) equate vampires with whiteness. Why are so many vampires in Urban Fantasy fiction French (and white)? I have issues with … Continue reading

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