When reading a fantasy novel I enjoy the chapters focusing on "normal" life in the fantastical world much more than chapters focusing on a quest to defeat some existential threat. For example:

  • I enjoyed the first part of "The Wheel of Time" when the main characters are living life in the village and then travelling together without really understanding the threat that they'll eventually face much more than the later parts detailing their conflict with "The Dark One"; and
  • I enjoyed the parts of "Harry Potter" that focused on school life and relationships much more than the parts that focused on the conflict with "He Who Must Not Be Named".

However, I'm finding it hard to find these types of fantasy novels set in a world where there isn't any existential threat that needs to be defeated and the story is instead driven by less epic concerns and relationships. Is there a named genre or any common way to refer to these sorts of novels?

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    Is there something specific you're looking for? General reading recommendations that don't have a definitive answer are off-topic here. (That said, you seem to be looking for "slice of life" stories. Try searching with that phrase)
    – MJD
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 0:28
  • I'm not going to post these as answers, since this will be closed as off topic, but here are a few classic fantasy novels that have important slice-of-life elements, with rather less conflict driving the plots: The King of Elfland's Daughter, Gulliver's Travels, Erewhon.
    – Buzz
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 0:33
  • Thanks! I've changed the question, so that it's no longer asking for reading recommendations, but I'll be sure to check out the books you've mentioned!
    – andypea
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 0:36
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    VTR. The query is now asking for the name of a genre, not a reading list.
    – elemtilas
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 2:10
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    One such genre would be "travelogue"
    – GEdgar
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 11:34