Fantasy is a form of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three.
The identifying traits of fantasy are the inclusion of fantastic elements in a self-coherent (internally consistent) setting, where inspiration from mythology and folklore remains a consistent theme. Within such a structure, any location of the fantastical element is possible: it may be hidden in, or leak into an apparently real world setting; it may draw the characters into another world that contains such elements; or it may occur entirely in a fantasy world setting, where such elements are part of the world.
Vampires are creatures with supernatural abilities that exsit in folklore, but do not exist in the real world. As such, any art form that depicts vampires is potentially interpretable as a work of fantasy. Many are dominated by elements of the macabre, and thus more usually considered to be horror. However, particularly in the past few decades, vampires are often shown as sympathetic characters; and such works (including Forever Knight) may equally be interpreted as fantasy. In categorizing them, the term "dark fantasy" is sometimes used.
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article on Fantasy.