I just created an 'urban fantasy' tag. I figure this is a very common genre, and as such is deserving of a unique tag. I think the genre is pretty well known.
However, I'm really bad at short & concise descriptions. I was hoping someone could help word-smith a good and precise description for the urban-fantasy genre, or what a tag related to worlds with such a genre is.
The short version is "magic in modern world", I have something like that already, but I know others can do better :)
The question I tagged was one asking about modern warfare in presence of magical healing being available. Other examples I can think of
- How will some group respond when magic suddenly reappears in the world
- Magic exists in a world identical to ours, but most people aren't aware of it. How do I justify no one proving it's existence?
- Our world is suddenly invaded by a magical world that created a magic portal to ours, how do we defend against them?
- How do I keep my rare wizards in the modern world a viable threat that other supernatural folks would fear when a sniper rifle could kill them immediately no matter how strong they are?
- How would a modern legal system create fair laws to maintain order in a world were some individuals are affected by magical curse causing them to become Were-people; who's instincts drive them to be more territorial and settle internal disputes with physical fights for dominance?
- How does a Mageocracy handle the advent of modern technology making most of the effects the public depended on them accessible to non-mages? can they keep their power etc.
Some of those are a little open ended, but I think the express the idea, presumably the actual questions would be a bit narrower focused.
Justification of the tag
It was pointed out that we got rid of the Fantasy tag as redundant because we had more exact tags for most cases fantasy covered, and thus it was asked rather this was likewise superfluous due to it being handled by other tags. I think this is a valid point, I'm willing to debate rather a tag should exist at all.
I do see that we have the Modern Age tag, so in theory most of the above answers could be covered by using the Magic and Modern Age tag's together; thus arguably covering the need without a new tag. However, if you consider my last two example, these cover worlds that would likely qualify as urban fantasy (depending on how one defines urban fantasy) but the modern age tag definitely doesn't apply since, while our modern technology exists, it is clearly not our modern world, and doesn't have our social norms (a mageocracy would be opposed by most societies in normal world, and the were-people are explicitly defined as having foreign social norms).
I suppose a looser interpretation of modern-age, or a separate tag that refers only to modern technology but not modern social norms, could still cover the above examples.
However, I still kind of prefer this tag. In the case of removing the Fantasy tag the argument was not that other tags could cover it, but that other tags more exactly covered the situation; with fantasy too much of a catch-all. with this tag, even if you assumed some combination of magic and modern-tech tags could cover the question they are still less exact then urban fantasy is for describing the exact feel and type of world (based off of the general understanding of urban fantasy I have from fiction). I feel this tag allows an increased degree of accuracy when describing the format of the question, as opposed to the fantasy tag which was so generic that it failed to increase understanding about the world.
So generally speaking it seems to me like it's better to have then not have. However, perhaps others disagree, if the consensus is that the tag is superfluous then obviously it should be removed.