We have seen some debate started by Ed from ny, What is it about fantasy becoming so popular (I could not find the exact thread name) The debate soon got into : fantasy is easy to write as there are no rules. That's why so many new writers choose that genre. And then the arguments started coming. There were good arguments on both sides and the thread didn't end bad. However I have only been here 4 months but I think if you look a what is shown here short stories (complete stories) are more often strait world stories (no magic, no dragons, no aliens) But when we are shown just a small part of some WIP, it's more often fantasy. So. Does fantasy not lend itself for short stories as well as in the novel format? My opinion is. Fantasy is much harder to do (good fantasy). Even if there are no rules your world must differ from our world to the extent that there are significant differences and magic and dragons and aliens and science. You are into massive info dumps that you must handle. When you stay in the real world you can take so much for granted. In my last short story I had two scenes, in a auto repair shop, in a pub. I had relationship between a man and and woman, and the dynamics between 4 couples. There are hundreds of things I don't have to say because the reader and I know those things. I don't have to say anything, you are in a pub, it's saturday, the band starts to play. Anyone that has been there will fill in details that they need to get the picture. I only need 5 words to show the romantic interest between two people. Because we know this world! In a short story (flash fiction even more) there is no time to build world's. Your 5000 words are gone before you even have described the Yereska continent, and you didn't even describe the trading routes to the other continents. Opinions on this?