I'm eager for fun middle grade series, humorous or not -- but definitely heartfelt. Sweeping worlds, sweeping adventures, kids wrapped up with gods and monsters and magic. Bonus points for fun animal (or magical-creature) sidekick characters! #MSWL
Rereading Rainbow Rowell’s “Carry On” before I finish up the trilogy and it’s reminding me of how much I love magic boarding school/academia settings. I’d love to see a twist on the classic trope with, of course, a queer romance!💫 #MSWL
- BIPOC rom-coms, friend-coms, and coming-of-age stories not exclusively centered around POC trauma
- Sweeping historical fiction / magical realism, especially stories about non-white history
- Speculative thrillers ala The Thousandth Floor & We Were Liars
High on my #MSWL list:
Contemporary Southern Gothic
Creepy Historical Gothic
Give me haunted manors, haunted woods, haunted histories
Add a dash of magic, even better!!
More YA urban fantasy
MG adventure and mystery and puzzles to solve
GN for MG and YA
Dark academia in the vein of NINTH HOUSE and PLAIN BAD HEROINES. Give me dusty tomes, ancient libraries, snarky heroes and anything featuring alchemy. I’m a sucker for some alchemical magic. #MSWL
It goes without saying, but send me big, big epic fantasy! Multiple POVs, innovative magic systems, tense politics, huge stakes – the whole nine yards. Recent faves include THE RUIN OF KINGS, THE UNSPOKEN NAME, THE CITY OF BRASS, THE BLACK PRISM, the list goes on 😉 #MSWL
Some very specific and unrelated themes that I will ALWAYS jump on: wizard schools, magical libraries, dark academia, tiefling vibes, sentient spaceships, unique magic systems, Mass Effect comps, elves, did I mention wizards?, training montages, and more! #MSWL
Matt Belford @MWBelfordThe best part of full metal alchemist brotherhood isn’t when Ed kills Father or Mustang burns Lust, it’s when Armstrong and and Sig bro out over their similar muscles.
Yknow what let me just #mswl this. Give me some crazy awesome magic fantasy book and in the middle of a big bad fight, two people just stop and truly love one another in a nonromantic way only the two of them ever will
Agent #MSWL Felice is particularly excited to see upmarket and literary fiction, especially in the sub genres of Southern Gothic and Magical Realism. If you're not sure if your manuscript is Magical Realism, check out Elizabeth Buege's post to be sure! elizabethbuege.com/magic-realism-…
One #MSWL item I really hope someone picks up on is a Black version of UTOPIA AVENUE feat. Magical Realism in Motown or the golden age of Rap. MR/Fabulist or Contemporary Fantasy stories based in historical music scenes like UTOPIA AVENUE shouldn't be limited to white writers.
⟡ #MSWL Anything that blends the genres of Speculative Sci-Fi with Contemporary Fantasy/Magical Realism
⟡ Anything that comps THE MURDERBOT DIARIES by Martha Wells
angeline rodriguez @gelrdrgzok so what is the terminology for fantasy that is secondary world and has like magic and monsters and shit but also like, donuts, sneakers, other anachronistic stuff or sensibilities? i tried to describe this as being “like shrek” and am still being made fun of for it 🥴
This is the shit I want #mswl 😍
TBH, I was just thinking about A DOG's PURPOSE, and then I was all like, "oh yeah but make it YA, and smoochie, and like darkly romantic, and not about dogs, but people, and maybe the world has magic already ..." So, that's my brain.