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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