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MarqFJA
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04:40:36 AM Jan 18th 2012
What's the difference between Supernatural Fiction and Fantasy in general?
jate88
06:25:08 PM Jan 19th 2012
I'm not sure. I just know it's a pre-extisting term that is sometimes used to desribe a series genre wise.
supergod
02:47:01 PM Feb 24th 2014
I'd say supernatural fiction is a subgenre of fantasy. I always used the rule that it's supernatural fiction if there are supernatural horror elements like ghosts or vampires but without much of the the horror, and very little magic usage.
SomeSortOfTroper
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12:22:57 PM Jan 12th 2011
re:cut

Yeah, no examples, and it's not very clear but the term exists, it has its own wikipedia page. It seems to basically be the super for Urban Fantasy and the like: it involves the supernatural and it is basically in our world. This means it includes all those Young Adult books with vampire and werewolf protagonists (yes, including that one).

I've been cribbing a bit off of "The supernatural in short fiction of the Americas" By Dana Del George from Google Books. "The Guide to Supernatural Fiction" would be more helpful I guess but I think it is out of print.

Maybe a more literary troper can help with this article.
jate88
01:52:32 PM Jan 13th 2011
edited by jate88
Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, and Kelley Armstrong are some young adult authors I like. Should I put those and that other one down as examples. Urban Fantasy seems to me like you're changing up the setting to a High Fantasy, Heroic Fantasy, or Low Fantasy but otherwise keeps the same plot. It's also possible for urban fantasy and supernatural fiction to overlap but they don't have to.

Should we add a line saying most young adult urban fantasy is supernatural fiction? How about something like this:

Supernatural fiction is hard to clearly define which makes publishers and movie producers shy about marketing a work as supernatural fiction. Often times it will be labeled as historical fantasy or urban fantasy. Which isn't entirely misleading as the genres can overlap. In fact most young adult urban fantasy out there is also supernatural fiction. Some might even argue supernatural fiction should be completely subsumed under urban fantasy. Gothic horror, paranormal romance, and paranormal mystery aren't supernatural fiction but people like the way magic is presented in these stories and experiment around with them to make a unique setting. This is the essence of supernatural fiction.
Ju
06:46:20 AM Mar 11th 2011
Well, what about a story in which a ghost escapes from Limbo and searches the cosmos to find his home. It's sci-fi and supernatural. Add in an alien who sees dead people and voilla! Does that qualify?
jate88
05:33:39 PM Mar 23rd 2011
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