Sociology in Fantasy World Building

I’ve decided to add a series of essays, articles, musings, and ramblings to my website.Β  This one will be the first of many, and I think it will be interesting for anybody who is creating their own fantasy world.

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B.K. Bass is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror inspired by early 20th century pulp magazines and classic sci-fi and fantasy.

3 thoughts on “Sociology in Fantasy World Building

  1. Wow, a well thought-out essay! A pleasure to read. πŸ™‚ I find it baffling to think that setting would be considered the least important part of a story – that’s like saying the foundation is the least important part of a house! Sure, we won’t notice the foundation a lot when we potter around our house, but skimp on it, and it’ll show before long… πŸ˜€ And anyway, I think your article shows excellently how the setting can bring forth an endless number of plots or characters. The reverse is not as easy. Nice job! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! To touch more on the subject of the plot-character-setting triangle, I agree with your sentiment. When I heard this from trusted sources, I was also skeptical. The setting IS the foundation of the story, but stories are all about illusions. The setting exists to give the characters a place to be, and the plot gives them something to do. When we read, though, we’re really immersing ourselves into the characters. You could write an encyclopedia detailing your fantasy world, or an epic heroic journey. Which will more people want to read? πŸ˜€ Thank you again for taking the time to read my article, and I’m glad that you found it insightful. Have a great day!


      1. You’re right. I suppose I, too, would dispense with the setting if pressed to choose… Thankfully, that’s not a decision we need to make. πŸ™‚ And illusions are all the stronger if the framework on which we cast them are sound!

        Thanks, you too! πŸ™‚

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