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?