EMERGING GENRE: MYTHPUNK

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Many readers are puzzled by what mythpunk actually is.  Is it a new genre?  Is it adaptations of fairy tales in a postmodern style? Is it a fusion of fantasy and cyberpunk? Is it just another marketing gimmick to sell books?  Opinions vary, but there are several writers releasing exciting stories under this banner.  I’ll give you a brief description of the type of stories you can expect and some of the most popular titles.

Basically, mythpunk retells mythology, folklore and fairy tales, but uses characters that are less rigidly defined in their roles.  A large number of writers under the mythpunk umbrella are young women, and a common theme is the redefining of gender roles within the fantasy genre.  Catherynne M. Valente, who first used the term mythpunk in 2006, aims to distinguish mythpunk from the majority of other fantasy genres by describing these works as a post-Tolkien style.  …

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