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Additionally, many science fiction conventions, such as Florida's FX Show and MegaCon , cater to fantasy and horror fans. Anime conventions, such as Ohayocon or Anime Expo frequently feature showings of fantasy, science fantasy, and dark fantasy series and films, such as Majutsushi Orphen (fantasy), Sailor Moon (urban fantasy), Berserk (dark fantasy), and Spirited Away (fantasy). Many science fiction/fantasy and anime conventions also strongly feature or cater to one or more of the several subcultures within the main subcultures, including the cosplay subculture (in which people make or wear costumes based on existing or self-created characters, sometimes also acting out skits or plays as well), the fan fiction subculture, and the fan video or AMV subculture, as well as the large internet subculture devoted to reading and writing prose fiction or doujinshi in or related to those genres.

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The following list of questions is meant to aid authors of fantasy fiction who are seeking to create believable imaginary settings for their stories. While many of these questions may be helpful or crucial to certain stories, they will not all apply to every story. It is not necessary for an author to answer all, or even any, of the questions in order to start writing, (or to finish writing, either). The idea is simply to provoke people into thinking about the ways their settings and backgrounds hang together … or don’t. If it’s useful, use it. If not, don’t.

“Even as accepting as Knox was, this was an issue I ran into, where professors who wanted to accept genre fiction would still try to turn it into literary fantasy fiction or something like magical realism . Even if it was a secondary world, there wouldn’t be that focus on how do you do world-building, how do you create tension, how do you do a three-act structure. And so I think there is still, even in places that are accepting, a lot of room for growth for people understanding what are the elements of genre fiction that you don’t have in literary fiction, and that you have to have down if you want to get published. And I would say that I did sort of end up taking that [more literary] track, but the result was that I graduated from college without really understanding those fundamental pieces of popular fiction, and have now had to sort of fill them in a bit on the back end.”

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“Even as accepting as Knox was, this was an issue I ran into, where professors who wanted to accept genre fiction would still try to turn it into literary fantasy fiction or something like magical realism . Even if it was a secondary world, there wouldn’t be that focus on how do you do world-building, how do you create tension, how do you do a three-act structure. And so I think there is still, even in places that are accepting, a lot of room for growth for people understanding what are the elements of genre fiction that you don’t have in literary fiction, and that you have to have down if you want to get published. And I would say that I did sort of end up taking that [more literary] track, but the result was that I graduated from college without really understanding those fundamental pieces of popular fiction, and have now had to sort of fill them in a bit on the back end.”

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