Hi Jinjonator. Your post follow mine for reference.
Interesting post. You wondered: "whether the possible fusion of fantasy and sci-fi won't be confusing or off-putting, genre-wise..."
I like to think of writers who don't follow the recipes of genres as 'genre busters'. I always get excited whenever I run across one because it will present something new. I try to be a genre buster with my work.
I think there are lots of readers like me so you shouldn't worry about this until you get to the rewrite stages. Then that's the time to worry if you merged the genres so it reads nicely. Why not write it then fix it in rewrites if it's a problem (which it probably isn't.)
Genre's are ideas developed by critics, agents, reviewers, and bookstores. That way they can group like stories together. I believe writers should ignore this.
Good luck with your project. Hell, you might even come up with a new genre. wrc
Originally Posted by Jinjonator
I'm planning a fantasy series, and one of the questions I've been grappling with is how technologically advanced I want them to be. It takes place in a fantasy world (not our own) and it has magic. And one thing I'm wondering is if readers won't find it jarring or odd if, for instance, some modern technologies of our world were in this world (and also whether the possible fusion of fantasy and sci-fi won't be confusing or off-putting, genre-wise). (For an example, I was originally thinking of just having newspapers to report on the things that happen, but I realized that having television, or something basically akin to television, would be infinitely more effective and allow certain aspects of the plot to work more the way I want them to).
I'm mostly just asking this to assuage myself, but any insight on the matter would be appreciated. Perhaps some examples of fantasy stories (but not urban fantasy, of course; original worlds) that have technological similarities to our modern world and/or some degree of sci-fi influence?