The P.E.A.R.L. Awards & where is the urban fantasy love?

While urban fantasy was well represented at the ParaNormalRomance.com‘s PEARL (Paranormal Excellence Award for Romantic Literature) nominations for 2007, the winners were unflinchingly paranormal romances in every category. No surprise there, I guess. But if we delve further into all current lit awards, urban fantasy is rarely represented at SF/F awards (like the Hugos, the World Fantasy Award, the Nebulas), or at romance awards (like the Ritas). In the rare event a UF author breaks-through, UF never wins.

So my question is, should we have a best of urban fantasy award? What would we call it? What would the prize be? And what categories would you like to see?

I’m kind of partial to calling it the Buffy awards — Best Urban Fantasy For the Year (or something) and as an homage to the TV character who really got this whole UF ball of wax rolling.

Categories I’d like to see would include subcategories for novel-length (vampires, shapeshifters, superheroes, faeries, ghosts/ghouls, zombies), short stories, YA, best new voice, best e-zine, best e-story, best anthology, best graphic novel, best new voice…. gosh, I could go on and on.

So what do you think? Would you vote? And to all you authors out there, do you need a prize? Or is our undying love enough? :o)

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7 comments on “The P.E.A.R.L. Awards & where is the urban fantasy love?

  1. I think saying that Buffy (as much as I am still an addict to the show and love Josh’s work) started the ball rolling is pushing it a bit. Let’s say it gave it a strong kick of momentum. If we called it the Willow Award, the connection would still be there (vamps,were’s,demons,etc.) and she was the witch. Plus willow has a sort of otherworld resonance to it.

  2. Whatever happened to the Urban Fantasy Awards? We nominated stuff, maybe voted (can’t remember)… Real life probably got in the way.

    Am I the only one non infatuated with the works Joss Whedon? Now Seth MacFarlane, he’s my kind of TV guy πŸ™‚

    Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

  3. Tez, you’re not the only one not infatuated with Whedon. I’m not either. The idea of calling it the Buffy awards makes me cringe, particularly for reasons ravenr has mentioned, though I don’t like the idea of calling it Willow either. It makes me think of the 1988 fantasy movie.

    Besides, urban fantasy–not as popularized by Whedon–has been around a lot longer than Buffy. Charles de Lint’s work is amazing, and while I love the pop-horror stuff that Buffy has inspired, it’s certainly not ALL that urban fantasy is or aspires to be. It’s just what’s popular right now.

  4. I must confess I’m not a Buffy fan. It happened that a friend highly recommended the series, so I turned it on to watch one night. Unfortunately I’d spent the day watching Winnie the Pooh with my son and when I saw Buffy, I couldn’t help but compare the characters to those of Winnie the Pooh.* The series was ruined for me after that. I’ve seen maybe three episodes.

    However, I do think The B.U.F.F.Y. Award is kinda cute, and fits since it was the canceling of Buffy that really gave the UF genre a kick in the pants.

    *For the curious– and I don’t mean any offense to Buffy-fans–> Buffy=Pooh, Willow=Piglet, Xander=Tigger, Giles=Owl, Angel=Eyore, Cordelia=Rabbit. If you look at how each character reacts to situations and to each other, you’ll see what I mean. This applies mostly to the first few seasons. I understand things may have changed in the last few seasons.

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