The second thing I’ve noticed as I’ve read agent blogs is that a lot of them want fantasy, but some only want urban fantasy, which really seems to be almost all the YA fantasy these days. There are quite a few who don’t rule out the traditional quest fantasy, but then they stipulate it has to be new or different.
That leaves the question: what really is new or different in traditional fantasy? Many of these same agents, or others like them, also make comments that there are really only five or so different basic storylines. What makes one book stand out, is the way that age-old story is told.
That leaves me to the question I’d like to know (and I used the cool new poll feature on wordpress). For those of you who like fantasy, does it bother you to see the same story over and over again (you know, magic, overcoming the evil ruler, kingdom is at stake, etc.)? I personally don’t mind it. I mean, you always know the good guy is going to win, but how that ends up happening can be so different and if it’s interesting enough, I keep reading.