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  • Kristen Snyder posted an update in the tribe Tribe logo of Connection Cafe'Connection Cafe' 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    So, speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, and similar stories of ill-defined genre) is my favorite. I noticed on Twitter recently that “cozy fantasy” seems to be a thing gaining traction. I think it’s brilliant; curious how other speculative fiction peeps are feeling about it?

    • Hey @kristen, this is the first I’m hearing of cozy fantasy! I’ll have to check it out. Any pertinent Twitter hashtags? I’ve really started to gain more interest in speculative fiction over the last couple years, especially because of the LeVar Burton Reads podcast. Do you know it?

      • I have not listened to his podcast and only vaguely recall having heard about it before.
        As for pertinent Twitter hashtags, not really? I was seeing it a bit under the #amwriting hashtag, as people started writing and publishing cozy fantasy. Probably even more commonly showing up under the generic #books .

    • Where are we able to find “cozy fantasy” stories? Are they mainly on fanfiction websites? Or are they novels that have been published recently?

      • It’s fairly all over the place. I’m sure fanfic websites will have it, but there are published novels, I can think of a few anime (“Restaurant in Another World” plays it straight; both “I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level” and “Banished From the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside” have an odd mix of switching between traditional action-fantasy and cozy fantasy), and I’ve also seen a few D&D YouTube stories (which I think might qualify as an odd form of fanfic?). I’ve vaguely seen the novels but haven’t read any yet, so none for me to really point you to. The anime can be found for free on crunchyroll and/or funimation. My favorite D&D YouTube story of cozy fantasy variety is about 28 minutes long, and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmUwFrmdp5Y