Tag: World Building

Magic Must Have Consequences: A Smol Rant

Magic Must Have Consequences: A Smol Rant

Posted June 2, 2021 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments

I read a lot of fantasy books.  Admittedly, these are mostly YA fantasy, but fantasy nonetheless.  And every once in a while, I come across one that should be a really good book, but completely fails to world building properly. I’ve spoken about world building in fantasy before and touched upon how integral it is to a good fantasy novel.  There are a lot of reason why a really solid world is important to fantasy, but there’s one aspect of world building that is particularly important me, and one that somehow gets missed … too often?  And that’s the thorough […]

World Building and Why It Means So Much to Fantasy

World Building and Why It Means So Much to Fantasy

Posted February 21, 2020 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments

For me, there are five elements of a story that can either make or break a novel.  In my opinion, these are: character, plot, setting, pacing, and writing.  Setting, also known as world building, is one of the things that really helps pull a reader into a book.  This is particularly true of fantasy and science fiction, where the reader must allow some suspension of disbelief from the very first page.  Failure to build a plausible or enjoyable world can result in losing readers. When I went to Rhode Island Comic Con last fall, an audience member asked Elijah Wood […]

Why I Enjoy Gone With the Wind

Why I Enjoy Gone With the Wind

Posted October 18, 2016 in Bookish Things, Reading, Thoughts // 0 Comments

One of my favorite books in the world is Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I read it first in fifth grade.  It was a mountain to climb at that age, because it was one of the thickest books I had ever seen.  The copy I borrowed from the public library had a faded yellow cover with red and black typeset, all wrapped a clear protective shield.  The pages were browned and musty, as though the book had not been checked out for quite some time.  I remember spending hours during a lonely summer sitting at the little desk in […]