marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
marycatelli
marycatelli

settings and stuff

Recently watching some Dr. Who episodes -- and not the new stuff either.  The original, old, with the cheesy FX, the limited cast, the ramshackle plots, the noble lack of concern with world-building consistency. . . .

The new series is better for all these traits, but they are certainly having a heck of a lot less fun.  Not because of a new seriousness either -- the episodes I watched had some truly terrible death counts.  The old series had a lot less compunction about putting stuff off Earth, too, which meant more possibilities.  But a pretty lack of consistency did mean that the writers were not boxed in.  Well, not too much.  Any series has to have some boxing-in, or it's not really a series.  Still, the Dr. Who universe was something the writers used as a playground.

Then, OTOH, sometimes those kinds of romps will feel thin.  Imaginary fantasy worlds that are clearly and overtly based on some real-world era often come across as more solid than pure fantasylands.  Then, part of that is that the writers rip off quirks, oddities, and misfits based on real-world equivalents, so you get the odd effects without sacrificing the realism. . . . hmm. . . .this matter can stand a lot of pondering.
Tags: realism, series, whimsy, world-building: other
Subscribe

  • the sequel

    Finished outlining my sequel to my Sleeping Beauty story -- set the century later, when she wakes up. It's about the prince who is her cousin's…

  • a bee, a wolf, a duck. . . .

    Once yesterday's love interest introduced herself, her part of the story fell together. So I could consider the important part of the story, where…

  • Enter a love interest. Later, enter another

    Was poking at the outline to see if it really was stymied at the point. (Long journey, got to put some filigree in there, but not enough to…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments