Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great holiday and have some fun plans for new years. I'm chilling out at my dad's house which means WiFi! So now I can actually make these subgenres for the fantasy folder, even though we discussed changing them a month ago...
My home PC is so old it doesn't understand WiFi or the dA backroom, which makes handling groups kind of rough. But I have a new Mac being built so theoretically I'll be an amazing admin. (Because it was all technical problems....... )
All right, so thanks to everyone that commented and gave advice on the subgenres that we should use.
There are A LOT of fantasy genres that have been isolated over the years, and some that only seem to appear in cartoons and movies and less often in literature, so it was a bit of a battle. Also, while the fantasy folder is our largest folder, there aren't thousands of stories, so I don't think that every sub-genre is going to get representation. Ergo I've compiled a list that I think does a good job of dividing the Fantasy folder into more manageable bites. It is by no means complete or even expansive, and if your novel best fits into something else, let me know. I can always build you one. I just don't want a bunch of empty categories.
So here's what I thought were the likely suspects.
Dark Fantasy - often have a dark, brooding tone. Typically have horror or supernatural elements but not always. Examples would be like Dark Tower or Sandman.
Science Fantasy - Has true applications of science or uses science fiction to come across fantastic or supernatural elements. Examples are Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Hunger Games. Often occurs in the future or in an alternate time stream.
Arcane Fantasy - Uses magic as a central device. Examples are Harry Potter, Disc World (more towards the later half of the series).
Comic Fantasy - Fantasy with a humorous tone. Often are self-aware and joke about conventions in the fantasy genre. Slayers is an anime but it's like that. Alice in Wonderland could be considered a comic fantasy also.
Medieval - Tolkien style! Knights, archers, dragons, monarchic governmental structures, and European folklore.
Supernatural Fantasy - Uses supernatural elements like ghosts, oracles, demons, vampires, but without the scary tone associated with horror. Like Twilight, Hell Boy, Buffy.
Other options that we may need (now or later):
I used Wikipedia extensively for this list, even though it's kinda messed up in my opinion... And a couple I think could exist outside of fantasy, like gothic and super hero when we need to expand our library again. But yeah, let me know if this list is ok or if you want to add something else, and then I'll go around and ask you what subgenre you want for your folders.