My ideal sub-genre: hemapunk

My ideal genre would be a sub-genre of historical fiction called hemapunk. Hema as in H.E.M.A or historical European martial arts, and the punk is just because … authors get goofy. Hemapunk would be medieval fiction focused more on historical accuracy, not so much focused on actual events of the past but more so on proper descriptions and realistic war tactics. Hemapunk fans would frown at giant blazing fantasy swords. They would smile at realistic, period accurate blades. Fencers and Lindy Beige fans would dig it, I’d think. “For crying out loud, you can’t draw a sword from the back!” Movies are ruined for some people because of things like bows creaking and cutting ropes to loose mangonels. GRRM’s universe would be similar to hemapunk. It would be hemapunk if it didn’t have fantasy elements. Some could say this is nothing more than historical fiction. They’re wrong because hemapunk is focused sacrificially on medieval Europe and realism. Now the word punk in the title might imply that it should have fantasy elements, because that’s what cyberpunk and steampunk do, and they should. I still think the word punk fits in hemapunk because, although you can’t have totally innacurate fantasy elements, you can create your own time and place, which means having the monicle invented 300 years before it actually was invented. In a way that is fantasy, kind o’, right?



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