marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

irreality in fantasy

Some fantasy worlds fail in that they do not realistically react to the magic in their midst.

Take RPG worlds.  Where you know that characters have real Detect Good, Detect Evil, Detect Lies spells.  Politics are not going to have as much of a chance to get complicated as in reality.  Perhaps it's why they have so many good kings and thorough-going tyrants; unless you opt for the latter, you're not going to keep your kingdom from having the former.
Tags: politics, realism, world-building: magic (effects), world-building: royalty

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