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12986474 No.12986474 [Reply] [Original]

How can you tell an author didn't adequately world build (if at all?)

>> No.12986484

Just compare them to Tolkien. Any """world""" with less effort than his is garbage.

>> No.12986545

The best kind of world-building is that which gives you a peak into an imagined space, but never the full picture. I think the problem with a lot of fantasy and sci-fi fiction is that it overinvests in the idea that more detail=more immersion, when in fact its usually the experience of ambiguity in a text that draws you in further. World-building should serve the narrative in such a way that you only see just enough to help explain why events happen the way they do. Go into too much detail and you lose the mystery

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>world building

>> No.12986676

Yes, the kid who wrote Eragorn also developed a language!

>> No.12986686

If “world building” is a metric at all that you’re using to evaluate a book, then you’re wrong. You should try a different hobby like graphic novels or video games.

>> No.12986718

is this what happens when engineers are allowed to read fiction? they have to evaluate everything as a functioning system of parts?

>> No.12986861

Well yeah. Otherwise it's not a believable world and then the reader won't be drawn into the work.

So what should a book be evaluated on? Its cover?

>> No.12986996

When there are internal inconsistencies with the world’s logic that wasn’t intentional.

World building is a retarded metric to measure books by though. Obsession with world building is why I can’t stand sci-fi.

>> No.12987094

But everybody says it's what makes Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire so great. Not to mention the people in my writing groups who insist you need to have at least 5 generations of each character's past and know who takes out the garbage in your world "otherwise the reader will know you half-assed it."

>> No.12987117

I think that’s why I’m writing my own fantasy sci-fi novel with minimal attention paid to world building—A way of “correcting the record” of sorts. I want to focus more on characters, prose and narrative themes because I feel that’s what really matters.

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