Created By: TheKingsRaven on August 10, 2011

Fantasy London

Urban Fantasy with London as a major charachter.

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A small trend in Urban Fantasy is to make the city London a main charachter. Such stories typically make use of London's history and culture to guide the stories themes and mood, some also base the magic systems on London but this is not universal. Expect lots of references to London's geography.

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  • Neverwhere - All the major pieces are there: a focus on the city itself, lots of geographical allusions. However focusing on an alternative London moves Neverwhere into Unbuilt Trope territory.
  • Rivers of London - The front cover alone has more London references than a small tourists guide.
  • Matthew Swift - Notable for heavily basing the magic system on the city.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • August 10, 2011
    See Setting As A Character. I fear this trope will be far too narrow, too. Might be better to work on expanding Setting As A Character, and then perhaps split off City As A Character.
  • August 10, 2011
    I second the split; the same sort of thing happens to other cities (NYC, Paris, New Orleans, etc.).
  • August 10, 2011
    China Mieville loves this one- Kraken is an outstanding example.
  • August 11, 2011
  • August 11, 2011
    Is Gaslamp Fantasy worth a reference?
  • March 4, 2012
  • March 5, 2012
    • London is the headquarters of the Templar conspiracy in the upcoming fantasy MMORPG The Secret World, so it will probably be a major location.
  • March 5, 2012

    If we're doing a more general trope, it's interesting to note that The Enclyclopedia Of Fantasy finds twelve cities significant enough in genre fiction to get their own entries: Baghdad; Cairo; Jeruselum; London; LA; New Orleans; New York; Paris; Prague; Rome; San Fransisco; and Venice.
  • March 8, 2012
    Happens a lot in Hellblazer. One in particular had the Knowledge (the encyclopedic memory of the streets London taxi drivers apparently need to learn by heart) be an essential part of a demon-sealing ritual, put in place by a cab driver two centuries prior.