marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Mud and Blood in Fantasy

The description on this was a bit off -- it spoke of works where you slog through the mud and are morally ambiguous -- which isn't a necessary correlation.  That didn't get much play at the discussion though.

The slums, the poor, the grinding poverty thereof.  (It didn't come up that this tends to be sword & sorcery, if I remember rightly.)

The selective use of realism to include such salacious details as appeal to the writer, or his intended audience.

A Game of Thrones came up, surprise.  Too much violence for their taste -- and one panelist objected to the notion that no one could kill Tyrion, who's only a dwarf.  I think this was the panel where two panelists objected on the grounds it lacked gender equality.  They were willing to concede that it could be allowed in a historical setting but that in an imaginary world, it was required, and they wanted it.  (I thought, but did not say -- did not even try to -- that what occurred historically is a legitimate think to base your world-building on.)

Hmm.  Come to think of it, magic and how it impacts mud and blood would be a major topic, but it didn't come up, and I didn't even notice.  Perhaps I shall write on that myself.
Tags: local color, realism, world-building: economics, world-building: social classes, writing audience

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