Today we have subgenres of Fantasy. Like all broad genres, Fantasy does have many subgenres within it, and all of these subgenres are found through children's books, middle grade, YA, and adult. I'll give you a brief overview of some of the subgenres, and in later Fantasy Tuesdays, we'll go more in-depth.
Fantasy can be broken into theme and setting.
Comic Fantasy - Primarily uses humorous in intent and tone, also known as low fantasy. Ex. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Dark Fantasy - A fantasy story with a pronounced horror element. Ex. Stephen King's The Dark Tower series
Magic Realism - Blends magical elements into realism. Ex. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Mythic - Fantasy involving myths and legends. Ex. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Paranormal Fantasy - Involves all things paranormal, vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, paranormal gifts like telekinesis. Ex. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Superhero Fantasy - The form is a type of speculative fiction examining the adventures of costumed crime fighters known as superheroes, who often possess superhuman powers and battle similarly powered criminals known as supervillains. Ex. Batman series
Sword and Sorcery - Generally characterized by sword-wielding heroes engaged in exciting and violent conflicts. An element of romance is often present, as is an element of magic and the supernatural. Unlike works of high fantasy, the tales, though dramatic, focus mainly on personal battles rather than world-endangering matters. Ex. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Epic Fantasy/High Fantasy - Set in invented or parallel worlds. Ex. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (My Phoenix Trilogy would also fall under this category as well as my Foxwick Chronicles.)
Low Fantasy - Nonrational happenings that are without casuality or rationality because they occur in the rational world where such things are not supposed to occur. Low fantasy stories are set in the real world. Ex. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Historical Fantasy - makes use of specific elements of real world history. Ex. Kingdom of Arnhem series by Nicole Zoltack
Urban Fantasy - The fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements. However, the stories can take place in historical, modern, or futuristic periods. Ex. Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series
Science/Space Fantasy - A writer can write a fantasy using magic of various sorts, and yet turn the story into science fiction by positing some highly advanced technology, or as-yet-unknown but ultimately thoroughly provable science, as an explanation for how the magic can occur. Another writer can describe a future world where technologies are so advanced to be invisible, and the effects produced would be classified as magical if they were only described as such. A world might include magic which only some people (or only the reader) know to be in fact technological effects. Ex. Star Wars by George Lucas (My novelette Defying Gravity fits under this category.)
Which subgenre of fantasy do you think you read the most?