After a short hiatus due to some health issues, I’m finally feeling up to writing again. As promised, let’s continue looking at the dangers of how much world building to reveal. Last time we saw how too much world-building can bog down an otherwise good story through Ready Player One. Now we’re going to talk about how too little world building can leave your audience frustrated and upset. For this, we’re going to leave books and head to the world of video games for The Last Guardian.
In these next two posts, we’re going to be looking at an aspect crucial to world-building that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves, or it gets too much, and both of those are dangerous. I’m talking about the info dump. There is a fine line between giving too much and not giving enough, and right there in the center is the sweet spot of world exposition.
Today we’re going to be looking at the dangers of too much world-building through the novel Ready Player One. Let’s log in to the OASIS and see what’s going on.
So let’s talk pets.
One of the fun things about creating fantasy or science fiction worlds is deciding what (if any) animals the people of your world have taken a liking to. It gives you a bit more freedom to go beyond the traditional dog/cat idea without your characters seeming eccentric. I personally love using foxes in place of a dog or cat. They can be domesticated and are furry and cute. Humans do tend to love soft fluffy things after all. Continue reading “The Wonderful World of Pets!”
In honor of the truly awesome total solar eclipse that I so happen to have been in the path of totality for, let’s take a quick look at how people react to this astronomical phenomenon. Whether you’re fantasy or science fiction, the stars tend to be a very important part a civilization. Just look at how we in reality reacted to the chance to see the eclipse. Continue reading “Eclipse!”
So let’s talk fashion. Specifically women’s fashion. Even more specifically large-breasted women’s fashion. As a woman who suffers from large breasts—and yes, suffer is the correct word—I have the authority to enlighten you on a few things. Continue reading “Fashion – Part 1: Breasts”
I want to talk a little bit about religion. As big as this subject is, I’m sure I’ll come back to it several more times, but for now I want to look at how religion can impact the rest of the world. Don’t worry, I won’t be going into any real religions, let’s keep away from those, but religion can have a lot more impact to your world than you might think. Continue reading “Gods and Rituals and Theocracies, Oh My!”
In honor of Ghostbusters, which I’m finally going to see this weekend, and the BS storm that surrounded its trailers and very existence, I thought I’d talk about something that’s always kind of irked me in a lot of major—mostly fantasy, but sci fi isn’t immune—worlds out there: Gender dynamics. Continue reading “Who you gonna call? Women!”
Today’s post is going to be shorter due to its inspiration: Acts of God.
That’s what the insurance company classifies various natural disasters, much like the one I had Wednesday. Don’t worry, no one’s hurt though a neighbor’s truck and shed have seen better days. No power and no internet though, so let’s get right to the point. Continue reading “Tornadoes, Earthquakes, and Floods, Oh My!”
For the inaugural post, I thought I’d talk about perhaps the most important part of any secondary world, whether it be science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal: obey the laws of your world. Nothing is more vital to the reader’s ability to suspend disbelief and accept your world as you present it. Continue reading “Don’t Forget the Rules”