Jen the Writerfangirl
May 1, 2006, 11:13 AM
Post #11 of 38
My work is closer to that of Rachel Caine, Jim Butcher, or Laurell K. Hamilton (thought without the elaborate sex---and, please, nobody say something like, "What is there without the sex?") than to any of the ones you noted. I like a mix of real life and fantasy, but not to the heights of magical realism where the rules of reality are being broken and curved every which way.
Re: [Clench Million] MFA for fantasy writers?
I steer clear of High Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery because I don't like reading it. Tolkien is cool, but I don't want to write like him. The language and cultural aspects of his stories are very interesting, though.
My gut feeling is that if you are writing the kind of "fantasy" writing that on a good day might be put on the "general fiction" or "literary fiction" shelf at Barnes and Noble (which is to say Marquez, Borges, Lethem, Murakami, etc.) you shouldn't have much of a problem at most MFA programs. On the other hand, if you are writing "High Fantasy" or "Swords and Sorcery" stuff, I doubt there are any programs that would be very receptive to that. On the third hand, if you are doing stuff like Neil Gaiman.... I'm not sure how things would work out.