To which I say: WTF?
Let me 'splain something that I considered trying but then abandoned.
It's well known that romance is a huge seller; romance readers just can't get enough of those books, be they paper or electronic.
I figured that it was worth a try by my hand, so I bought a book on how to write a romance. (You probably know where this is going, but I'll finish anyway...) I looked through the first part of the book to see what the woman who wrote it (a romance writer) had to say.
What struck me was something that was so simple I knew down to my bones that she was right (paraphrasing): Don't write in a genre just because it's popular.
The romance is the central thing in a romance. This sounds like a really "duh" moment, but since I barely read in the genre (okay I've read two books over the years, lol), I don't think it actually sunk in. Reading that, I realized I could never write a romance and have it center around a man and a woman (or whatever other combos) and how they get together for the final clinch. But that's what romance readers expect; that's the trope, and there's nothing wrong with that.
For me, fantasy is the thing. I love the idea of creating new creatures, or having fun with mythological creatures, or any of the other dozen tropes that constitute fantasy. I should've remembered something I read in another how-to (or maybe I saw it online): Look at your bookshelf - under what genre are most of those books? Literary fiction? Fantasy? Thriller? Then that's what you should go for.
If most of your books aren't fantasy, why should you write that? It makes no sense, and I'm glad I was brought back to my senses. Throwing in a little romance is fun in a fantasy - as long as it makes sense in that particular story. Again, if the only reason you want to write fantasy is because there have been a number of popular movies/books, you're writing for the wrong reason.
Trust me. I went to the brink on writing in a "hot" genre - I was probably in a depressed mood or something - but it's not worth it. You must have a passion or a love for a genre to write in that genre. I know there are writers out there who've tried their hands at different genres, but I'm not going to be one of them - unless it's a one off (then I can write that under a pen name, just for fun :-)).
So why shouldn't you write fantasy? IMHO:
- You don't read fantasy and/or are embarassed to read it.
- Your bookshelf is filled with erotica/literary fic/anything but fantasy.