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THE  GENRE OF WEREWOLVES:  HORROR OR  FANTASY ?

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If you are like me and ever wondered about the werewolf genre within fiction and whether it was classified as horror or fantasy you want to read this post now because this is the post for you.

First before finding out what genre werewolves are classified under  let’s look at the difference of what the fantasy genre and horror genre in fiction is defined as.

Fantasy Genre:

The  fantasy  genre within novel writing and  literature  features  both magic and supernatural  elements that  evolve  around  made  up and imaginary  worlds , timelines and creatures .   It  usually has  at least  8  sub categories

  • High or epic fantasy.
  • Low fantasy.
  • Sword and sorcery.
  • Dark fantasy.
  • Fables.
  • Fairy tales.
  • Superhero fiction.

Horror Genre

Horror genre is focused more on mood.  In order to work it has to create an unsettling atmosphere and give its intended reader a sense of fear. Even though it may have fantastical elements within   its genre, the setting is usually entirely realistic. 

So I found  an article called 144 Genres and Subgenres for Fiction Writing by Tonya Thompson  and in the article  werewolves  are classified under monsters which is a subgenre  of  Horror.

But did you know there was another sub-genre that is considered in the realm of the fantasy genre?

It is called the paranormal genre or speculative fiction and this   genre is a subgenre of fantasy.  The paranormal genre consists of   all of the   monsters   that go bump in the night which includes werewolves.

Whereas wikipedia  has  defined the werewolf genre and classified  it   as being  a  genre  that  can be categorized in  both  horror and fantasy      

Just by looking at  these  two definitions  of  where  the werewolf genre  is  categorized  under we  can assume that  the werewolf genre  is  used  both in  fantasy and   horror   and can be used  in an  exceptional and  varied storylines and plots because of the ancients  roots the werewolf folklores stem from with its various re interpretations   of the genre. 

Thus  a   writer  can draw  from  previous  folklores  and myths of werewolves  in order  to create   a fantastical and horrific  tale.

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WEREWOLVES IN FICTION : Are Werewolves Really Fantasy Fiction?

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I was curious  about  something that  kind of bothered  me.   Well  since I’ve  been writing about werewolves  I ‘ve been  questioning   why  werewolf  fiction is always classified as  paranormal  fiction and not just plain  fantasy?  Are  werewolves  ghost ?  What’s the difference?   And so I did some research. 

Often there is  an overlap between both  the fantasy and paranormal genre.

Fantasy deals with magical creature, mythical creatures  and  talking animals   with a  tone   said to be from ancient worlds or another world altogether.  They  have  kings and queens .  An  example of that would be King Arthur  and Merlin . Or Lord of the  Rings 

Paranormal fiction is  a subgenre  of fantasy  whose story lines revolve around the paranormal . This  could be witches, ghost, and vampires.  .

It contains element of magic or the supernatural that’s so deeply integral to the story

Yes . It is said that paranormal  fiction  is also anything that  is  brought  to light   from folklore , fairytales , and popular culture and that includes  shapeshifters . IE  werewolves.  And similar to supernatural  fiction genre  , another sub  genre  of  fantasy .

Like I’ve said before werewolves has been known throughout history  as being connected  to real world legends and folklore . 

However  the  two genres  are usually interchangeable  and there is debate   on whether  these   supernatural and paranormal  genres  are one in the same as   fantasy instead of a  sub-genre  .

That to me is rather confusing and I  feel  as though there should  not be  a  debate  or a divide. 

I talk more about this  on  my podcast  episode 4  Fantasy vs Fairytale

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