A portal story is often fantasy. The MC comes through a portal from (generally) our world into another, fantastical world. Down the rabbit hole, as it were.
People, by which I mean often beginning writers, and often pantzers, start out writing portal stories. It gives them a foil to learn about their new world as they draft, alongside someone who is very much the same as themselves. I call
I changed the story for a couple of reasons.
1: portal stories rarely sell. Why? Cuz--and I'm going to sound like a heartless bitch here--they're rarely any good.
2: cuz I had a damned good idea for a sequel and it'd be more effective if Draken were a part of his world rather than a newcomer.
Back to point 1, I always give a little cringe when I hear about a portal story from a newer writer, not the least cuz it hearkens back to my own early days in which I wrote a Harry Potteresque portal story (but very much for adults). But mostly because I want them to grow as writers and I know they still have that growing to do. It's important not to get caught up in the portal. Um, that was s'posed to be funny, if you missed it.
More accomplished, thoughtful writers write fantasies in which all peoples are different from their readers. Not that there's anything wrong with it if you're trying to make a statement about your own world (which is part of what I intend to do with the
A lot of current, smart readers are looking for mongo differences in their spec fic. That is, of course, why we read it. So when writing a sweeping fantasy, consider making every character, especially your protag, as different from you and us as possible.