marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Fantasical Elements that Shouldn't Be Explained

I was in the audience for this one.

How much of your magic system do you explain?

The panel stuck mainly to the magic your characters can wield -- things get even more interesting when you get into things that happen to your characters, when I brought up ambiguously magical things, a panelist want to know if there were any such things -- and how clear to make it and how to avoid an SF effect.

Tolkien vs. LeGuin:  LeGuin made her POV character the wielder of magic, and so had to make it clearer than Tolkien did, who put it in the hands of a secondary character.

Tags: ambiguity, arisia, exposition, minor characters, point of view, world-building: magic (plot device), world-building: magic (technique), world-building: metaphysics

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