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Monday, 24 May 2010
09:52:54 PM (GMT)
There's a lot of fantasy fiction out there that centers around a magical world that
is different than our own.

For instance, Alegasia, Discworld, Middle-Earth, or the Land of Oz. 

Unfortunately it's pretty clear that for every well done fantasy world there are at
least ten that are barely half thought out.

But I love that kind of story- deep down, maybe everyone does! I want to help
make it a practice for people to write fully formed worlds; worlds that could be

All I'm suggesting is that when people try to create magical worlds, we follow a
guideline set up by modern archeologists.

Archeologists and historians have a list of things that qaulify a group of people as
a civilization. 

1. Religion
2. Economic system
3. Social system
4. Political system
5. Art and Architecture
6. Written Language
7. Education

As would be writers, let's just try to make our places include these things.
Historians classify from the top down with this list, but good writers use this to
build from the ground up.

That's my idea. Comments?
Last edited: 25 May 2010

Oroborus21 says:   25 May 2010   730102  
this is useful, good suggestions and informative too
tiggerlemon101 says:   25 May 2010   268791  
Which proves that JK Rowling is a genius.  :D
'Cept Harry Potter doesn't have religion, but they do have Christmas
and weddings so it's close enough in my opinion.
Kirti says:   25 May 2010   559106  
Harry Potter is still in our world, techically. It's just that muggles
don't participate in the events. 
lunasan says:   25 May 2010   359195  
I have heard this somewhere before, similiar and without all the

Kirti says:   25 May 2010   153567  
A distopia isn't really supposed to seem civilized. Plus, isn't that
in our world, just in the future? 
Oroborus21 says:   25 May 2010   622991  
civilized and civilization mean diff things. dystopian worlds are
civilizations too 
lunasan says :   26 May 2010   991459  
*running on salt* 


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