Rekka and Brian talk about world-building: How far is too far?
J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis taught together at Oxford and were part of a literary group called The Inklings. There, they butted heads over their approach to creating worlds in storytelling.
Tolkein created his work from scratch, while Lewis borrowed from multiple folklore sources.
In today’s discussion, Brian and Rekka expand on both approaches, with regard to tropes and breaking genre expectations (or using tropes to aid in your structure). Whichever way you want to go, you’ve got work to do to make it believable. Rekka suggests you write the story that supports your concept and build the world of your stories from there. If you set down rules, and your rules have a sense built-in, and then follow the rules, your readers will adjust their suspension of disbelief based on the expectations you lay down.
J.R.R. Tolkein, The Lord of the Rings
C.S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia
David Dalglish, The Half-Orcs
Shawn Coyne, The Story Grid
Marvel comics (Apollo and Thor, plus Avengers)
Alchemy vs. Chemistry vs. Magic
J.K. Rowling / Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Also, thanks to Demonpack/Brett for our first review to read on the air.