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In this world, I think that wizards are called in an old-fashioned style:  Master Firstname, Mistress Firstname.

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Considering the navy of my Faerie, which underwent a transformation when there was a disenchantment arms race, and spellcraft gave way to brute strength, because unlike a sail woven on the mast from cobwebs, a linen one hefted on ropes would not vanish.  (And so on!)

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Reading a story that shifted King Arthur to the days of the Vikings.

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marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
Inspired by Beasts and Cursed Child -- the place to set up for sequels is not in the end of a story, but in the middle. Not always by planting problems. Another approach is planting world-building to not only show that the world is wide, but that there are other problems. Or have been.
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Just had a character tell some younger girls the tale of the "Colony of Cats."

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Here comes the circus.  Here comes the cops.  To harass them of course. . . though, in this universe, where superheroes are just getting started, they have more than usual reason.

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Was pondering a world I'm trying to build and Eco's quote on the topic:

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
The heroine's quest involves a lot of research.  Of course.  No mentor to conveniently point her to Mount Doom, and no Mount Doom for her to be pointed to at that. . . .

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Hmmm -- if the wizard society pulled away from Muggles in modern types, as the Harry Potter books say it did, how did wizardly history affect Muggle history?

All those Goblin Wars?  All those dragons?  If they weren't separate, the wizards would have had to re-write history with censorship to prevent notice.  Perhaps recast some of it as fiction.  (A la L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero's Daughter trilogy.)

But there might still be traces left where the patch job had to be a bit awkward because nothing could make the omission of magic neat.
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I was playing with two ideas for urban fantasy, both about justifying the masquerade.  Why would very powerful magic beings hid from the modern world?  When they are also often the sort who would play chicken. . . .

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Read yet another urban fantasy with overt magic -- and so, of course, the admission that it's not the streets we know, it's an alternate history.  It may be a factor of selection, but it seems to me that they are increasing in number.

Long tradition of that.  Back to before the time when they called it urban fantasy.  Robert A. Heinlein's "Magic, Incorporated," and Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos are classics of the genre.

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marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
looking at The Grimnoir Chronicles -- and superhero world-building.

Ah, an explanation of why superpowers appeared when they did! A combination sort of fantasy/superhero/SF sort of reason. I note that this reason was not only integral to the plot, it was the driving force behind it. The complications of world-building is that sometimes it has to drive the story.

Also liked the very realistic treatment of people's reactions. On one hand, the fear of the powers, on the other hand the freedom of the Actives. . . though no one pointed out that if they can control people who can throw around tanks and the like, what can they do to Normals?
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
When stealing ideas from other stories and fililng off the serial numbers, one of the best ways is to steal something that was a part of the backdrop -- a character's back story, a minor character's comment, history.

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marycatelli: (Gibson Girl)
The rise of technology -- whether normal human or Gadgeteer/Mad Scientist -- would have a big impact on a super world.  Just not the same as in ours. . . .

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marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
Most superhero stories have them appear recently.  With perhaps rumors back into the 19th century or allusions to the Greek gods or the like.   One can see why.
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
there's a large difference between a character recounting a fairy tale within a story -- and a character recounting some backstory that happens to be a fairy tale because they live in a fairy tale world.

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