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Brief thread on Star Trek, Star Wars, and emergent vs necessary worldbuilding. 1/11
There's a lot of discussion on here about #worldbuilding, and I basically love all of it. Writers like @JeannetteNg, @tinytempest and @juliettewade talking about what to think about, what makes it feel real or believable, how it's politicised and so on. Do check 'em out. 2/11
Today I'm going to talk about it in very broad, structural terms. The question here is "why worldbuild?" What purpose is it going to serve in your writing, and what does that say about your story? Emergent and necessary worldbuilding are two answers to that question. 3/11
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I keep thinking back to a discussion a few months on reddit about THE BELGARIAD. Several comments were made about it being cliche and pedestrian, and someone said, “Yeah, it’s a fine story, but it’s never going to be a classic.”
And all I could think to respond was, “It’s over thirty years later and we’re still talking about it. How is that NOT ‘a classic’?
But that got me thinking- I cite THE BELGARIAD (and THE MALLOREON, its sequel series) as one of my influential works. But what is that influence? I know I’ve read the whole series several times. My copies of the books are in terrible shape.
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