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Something that some people don't seem to know is that, like science fiction, there are many different subgenres. Regular Harry Potter is part of the subgenre known as Urban Fantasy, which combines fantasy with modern trappings. High Fantasy, meanwhile, is more along the lines of Lord of the Rings, while Low Fantasy is more of a grungey variety of story along the lines of Berserk.

Because it amused me, I wondered what a Low Fantasy version of Harry Potter would be like. Not entirely accurate though, if it were they'd also be caked in mud, blood and crap as well.


A better definition of the subgenre, via TV Tropes
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LowFantasy

Date: 2012-02-12 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nemryn
It's also a matter of attitude. In high fantasy, 'We beat the Big Bad, but things still suck' is a plot hole; it's not an explicit part of the narrative, and it's something you don't necessarily notice until some time after you're done reading, and you go 'Hey, wait a minute...'. You realize it, but the characters and the narrator don't, or they don't acknowledge it, or the fantasy world is set up so they really do all live happily ever after. Whereas low fantasy does acknowledge it, and in fact 'We have to fix the things that still suck' is the hook for the next trilogy.

Date: 2012-02-12 02:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] valtyr
Well, examples of low fantasy given at TV Tropes are 'Conan' and 'A Song of Ice and Fire' and if Conan ever attempts to solve sexism and racism, good God I can't even finish that.

Date: 2012-02-12 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Terry Pratchett has said that if he ever dealt with a Lord of the Rings scenario he'd want to investigate what happened next, the reconstruction that would be required for the devastated lands of Mordor, the relief effort for those whose lives had been laid waste by Sauron's corruption. What to do with the remaining goblins and orcs and Uruk-Hai etc etc...

Date: 2012-02-12 06:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] salinea
I always wanted to read a fantasy book that dealt with it - I don't mean specifically with Lord of the Rings - actually with the return to the shire chapters LotR does more of a job of dealing with it than most fantasy series - but exploring "what happens next", after the heroic quest and the big battles between evil empire and plucky heroes, yessssssssssss.

Date: 2012-02-12 07:26 pm (UTC)
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