Chapter 25 – On Fantasy Worlds - Harry Dewulf

Chapter 25
On Fantasy Worlds

About this chapter

From Edition 2016a
Shared August 2016

It's a stub - so if you want more sections about fantasy, comment on this page and I'll add them!

I added this chapter because I felt the following chapter on magic items needed some sort of lead-in.

Chapter 25 – On Fantasy Worlds


25.1 Conventions of Magic

Fantasy worlds contain magic, and magic is a strange force that responds to an intelligent will, in accordance with certain rules, to bring about alterations or other manifestations without other more mundane means. Magic is sometimes used to do things that are otherwise impossible (without it), or as an alternative to conventional means.

Describing magic being used is tough if you don't want to use conventions like wands, spells, whatnot; and if you do, it is all too easy to fall into familiar clichés. Terry Pratchett famously invented a color for magic (and a smell, and a taste in the air), giving him a familiar, personal and non-clichéd shortcut each time he used it.

Describing magic is tough. Spend some time thinking about it, and describing it to other people – e.g. your highly critical spouse who doesn't like fantasy.​

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