Sword & Sorcery
The sword & sorcery genre is not dead per se, but it has morphed into what we now refer to as epic fantasy.
Fritz Leiber coined the term "sword and sorcery" in 1961, describing a genre featuring "muscular heroes in violent conflict with a variety of villains, chiefly wizards, witches, evil spirits and other creatures whose powers are–unlike the hero’s–supernatural in origin.” A lot of the books that used to be considered sword and sorcery are now referred to as epic fantasy. I guess sword and sorcery is an old-school version of epic fantasy. Epic fantasy has gotten rid of some of the genre's cliches and has developed new ones--such as the trope of the roguish hero. On the blog we have a post about the key differences between epic, traditional and historical fantasy, so check it out if you're interested!!
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--edited by Nevena Georgieva on 1/7/2014, 11:09 AM--