Is Fantasy the right genre?

My fantasy book “The Last Families” is a dystopian story that has characters with supernatural powers. But is Fantasy the right genre?

Almost after 6 months of its release, I have come to this question. Shouldn’t I have properly defined the genre before releasing the book? I supposed I should’ve.

From the single instant, I began imagining and writing this fantastic world where these characters with talents/superpowers existed, I knew it had to be fantasy. Nothing of that exists or will exist in this world.

But as I got reviews, most of them quoted “The Last Families” as a dystopian post-apocalyptical story. It got me wondering.

According to Merriam-webster, a dystopia is:

an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives

The Last Families has something of that. It makes sense. It is dystopian because it talks about a future world with less than utopic circumstances. The characters are the last survivors of their world. They are looking for refuge and arrive at a place that is everything but hospitable. Of course, they are fearful as in the definition.

Is it post-apocalyptic? The definition of post-apocalyptic says:

existing or occurring after a catastrophically destructive disaster or apocalypse In a postapocalyptic world where nature has become just as violent as humanity 

So yes, The Last Families definitely complies with this too. The story takes place after their land has been destroyed. We came to assume that these people are somehow future descendants of humans but with certain particularities. Therefore, we could say that this is a future that could somehow exist in the future? I would say overly farfetched.

Therefore it is a dystopia and a post-apocalyptic story. And it turns out that these two are subgenres of Science Fiction, and not of Fantasy. That is where I was surprised. Being a big reader of Science Fiction, I never thought of The Last Families as belonging to this genre, but somehow it has been categorized under it.

Now, there is “Science Fantasy”. A new genre. Thank god for new inventions. The definition is familiar:

Science fantasy is a hybrid genre within speculative fiction that simultaneously draws upon or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy.

I think that is where my book fits better.

Unfortunately, like many new genres, you won’t find them listed anywhere. If you look for categories with a Print On Demand service, Listing sites, Literary Agents, and Book Reviewers, you will find Romance, Science Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Young Adult, and other “general” categories. New genres and Sub-genres are not included.

So, does this screw things for how I’ve been listing my book? I don’t think so. In fact, I’ll see it as a new opportunity. Until yesterday, the book was mainly targetting Fantasy categories and keywords. Now I’m targetting dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and science fantasy. Maybe a new refreshing audience to target.

What do you think? Should I still call it Fantasy?

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Amanda Khong from the Bookish Brews website gave me the opportunity to write for her website. I wrote about my struggles with publishing in a language that is not spoken where I live and also my general struggles with self-publishing from a small Latin American country. I’m thrilled by this opportunity.

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Writing from multiple POVs

The Last Families is written from multiple points of view (POVs). Truth to be told, it is written at least from 6-7 points of view. You might be thinking, Wow, that many? Yeah, I’m surprised with that number. I actually didn’t intend to be like this. It just happened. But It seems I did a decent job with it.

Before the book’s release, I was terribly worried about this. Would readers be able to follow so many characters? Will they get confused with who is who? Luckily, in the few reviews, I’ve gotten, I’ve actually received very good feedback about this. Some quoted examples:

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The book had multiple narrators and yet it maintained its cohesivenes.

Afreen Khalil – Inscribed Inklings

The multiple POVs that this narrative had really did a great job of highlighting the differences amongst each family’s powers and perceptions of the world, and yet the same emotions and fears that resided within them all in this fight for survival they all shared.

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Multiple points of view can sometimes confuse the reader (I know it does me) but I never got that with this book, you know who is who with every word written.

Julie B – The Reading Cafe

This story is told from multiple perspectives, giving the reader a well-rounded view on what’s happening.

Merissa – Archaeolibrarian

But why did I make the choice to write from multiple POVs? Here is a list of excuses/reasons that can answer that:

  • The logical reason – There were scenes where the main characters weren’t physically present so there was no way to narrate those scenes from the character’s main point of view.
  • The experimental one – When I started, I had an idea of the topic and the story, but I had still not decided on the main character. Therefore, I started writing from the POVs of 2/3 characters.
  • Developing characters – When I wrote The Last Families, I did some parallel writing for the characters’ sideline stories. I wrote down in a notebook the background of each character: their upbringing, childhood, their inner strengths, etc. Soon many of these characters turned out to be too strong to not tell the story from their own point of view.

Now that you know my reasons, here are some tips that I can provide about this process:

  • Only choose characters that you understand well in your mind.
  • Develop each chosen character well. As mentioned before, you can write separately about their childhood, their family relationships, weaknesses, insecurities, strenghts, how they talk, if they have certain gestures, and of course their physical traits. Six of my characters have been illustrated by a friend who happens to be an artist. That made them more real.
  • To make sure the reader knows/feels when you switch to a different character, I suggest re-reading what you wrote about that character’s sideline story. This process will help help you to step in the shoes and its POV. I did this process each time I started with a new chapter and there was a new POV.

What seemed like a possible faux-paux when writing The Last Families, it turned out to be a good book trait. I’m not sure if I would ever do it again. Deep inside me, I know that even though I managed to pull it off, it was still extra work and I probably over-complicated myself.

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My new manuscript is written from a single point of view and I feel relieved 🙂 However, this new story doesn’t need multiple POVs. The Last Families needed them. So far I’ve gotten a couple of reviews asking if there will be a second part, or if the book is part of a series. Yes, there is room for that. My ending hints at this somehow. I’m not sure yet if there will be other adventures of The Last Families, but I’m pretty sure that if there are, then they will definitely be again from multiple POVs.

With this post, I hope to encourage writers that have at some point considered using multiple POVs but felt deterred. Trust me, it can be done and readers don’t need to feel lost.

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Interview with Author Carla Doria

I loved answering these questions. It was a pleasure being interviewed by Anthony Avina. Check the interview…

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1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

My passion for writing started when I was a little kid, around 8 years old. I would imagine these fantastic stories and I knew that I had to write them. Adding some drawings to illustrate these stories, I would write them by hand and gift them to my family. They were my first “published” books. Unfortunately, my family has been terrible to save them. I’m pretty sure there was good content in them. Then life brought some swirls and made me go on a different path. But deep inside me, I always knew that I would once sit down and become a writer. It wasn’t until probably six years ago when I started to consider it again. Specifically, two years ago I started The Last Families and it has been quite an adventure.

2.What inspired you…

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The Last Families by Carla Doria Review

Getting this wonderful review is what makes my day.
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

The remnants of four powerful families who hold onto powerful abilities find themselves in a fight for survival and must contend with a dangerous new home, all while dealing with the same family fighting and odds they have held onto for so long in author Carla Doria’s “The Last Families”.

The Synopsis

Escaping their land’s destruction, the Kaptarish, Drontas, Verbaren and Ninfires have reached the island of Gambir. The last families with talents like mind-reading, extraordinary force, burning with their hands, and flying, hope to find refuge in this place.

Yarisha, the only mind-reader in the Verbaren family, will fall in love with Malakay, the most arrogant sibling in the Ninfire family. She knows the young man’s mother and the matriarch of the Ninfires, Mandely, will never consent to…

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