What are your favourite worldbuilding canons?
ooooh boy. oh boy! oh. boy.
It’s playing on my screen right this second and just. I love it. I love it! One of the best choices was to keep it relatively small scale and to build on that scale until it felt real and realised. It’s one of the best examples of visual storytelling I’ve seen. I love it.
The Wildenstern Saga:
This is another example of small-scale being incredibly effective. A sort-of steampunk Edwardian Dublin ruled by the Very English Dukes of Leinster, with a system of not-magic that becomes less and less magical the further in you fall. Wonderful. Irish author, too.
I’m SORRY but the way the system of magic is built in this KILLS ME EVERY TIME, you think it so simple and then you’re hitting Mortal Coil and suddenly NOTHING MAKES SENSE except that it does. Kill me. Also maybe the funniest urban fantasy in the world ever. Just saying.
Why is this on every list of favourites I ever make no matter what the specification is? Because it’s perfect. @joannechocolat made me unbelievably happy when she unleashed Maddy Smith on the world. A specific, interesting system of magic, worldbuilding rooted in the mythology the characters are rooted in, beautiful depicition of a terrible church that isn’t a thinly veiled mirror of the decadent debauchery of the Renaissance Church in Rome… Yes. Good. Well done all round.
Listen. We’re all sick of hearing people say that the first three books are crap (you’re wrong, Equal Rites is amazing and Eskarina Smith is the most unfairly maligned protagonist in modern fantasy, just saying). The worldbuilding is amazing. Is it a parody? Is it a satire? Is it just really fucking funny? We’ll never know for sure, but it’s bloody brilliant regardless.
From Dusk Til Dawn:
HELL YEAH SNAMPIRES.
A Series of Unfortunate Events:
Where is this? When is this? What is this? We don’t know. We never get enough detail to know. It doesn’t matter.
I meant to give five but here have seven instead.