What would you call "neutral" fantasy? I am looking for a "word" / expression


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I am looking for an expression/word/something to describe this "thing"/phenomenon.

If I have a high fantasy setting (Golarion, Forgotten Realms, Ptolus, Eberron whatever) some of the adventures are "neutral" fantasy.

Let me explain.

There is "dark fantasy", "high fantasy", "grim fantasy" etc.
what do you call the type of fantasy that is "neutral", everyday, kinda boring?

Like, when Hollywood decided to remake the Three Musketeer movie, or to remake the Robin Hood movie they decided just regular old "historical fiction" wouldn't be enough they need to make it steampunk, and an archer can shoot (accurately)4+ arrows at once, Richelieu has a flying fortress etc.

What type of fantasy is a fantasy setting where people behave normally, everything is kinda logical and maybe even boring. It doesn't have to be "low" fantasy (the level of magic isn't a factor), it doesn't have to be dark or gritty (it is realistic, but still there are Tolkienesque elves and dwarves and so on?

A fantasy setting which resembles regular historical fiction, with Tolkienesque creatures, some kind of magic system (high or low), some kind or realism (gritty or not) with some kind of antagonists (dark fantasy or not).

With other words the most dominant "factor" in describing the setting is its the most "realistic", historical fiction like?


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Rational.


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Given the number of titles out there currently using this approach (The Magicians, Harry Potter, Dresden Files, etc.), "modern fantasy" comes to mind: Essentially it is realism slightly skewed.

It is an incredibly diverse field.


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Feros wrote:

Given the number of titles out there currently using this approach (The Magicians, Harry Potter, Dresden Files, etc.), "modern fantasy" comes to mind: Essentially it is realism slightly skewed.

It is an incredibly diverse field.

I googled modern fantasy, it seems to be only contemporary.

I was hoping for something Tolkienesque, like Golarion, Eberron, Forgotten Realms etc ("high fantasy") just... "rational" I guess?

Is it maybe "Hard Fantasy"?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_fantasy
I just googled it, by accident.


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Mundane fantastic?


Isn't that, you know, Fantasy? Without any qualifiers?


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I'd just call it "Fantasy", without qualifiers or descriptors.

I tend to just use use "sci-fi", "fantasy", or "science-fantasy" and then describe the specific elements of the piece of literature/media we're talking about.

To be honest, I find that the naming of and adherence to specific sub-genre (and sub-sub-genre) conventions to be more limiting than liberating.


If you have an iconic source that has the same fantasy feel you're going for, you could do something like "Vancian" or "Tolkienesque" but using the name of the person or group that created what you have in mind.

I get what you're asking, though.


How about a couple examples of fiction that matches what you're thinking of?

I think in general, there isn't a specific name, since it's the default from which other sub-genres branch, but I'm not sure I've got a good handle on what kind of thing you're talking about.

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