When we build a world for our fictions, games, and shows, we construct cultures. Cultures explain why people do what they do, how they think, why they eat, how they war, how they make peace, and more. Culture is unavoidable when you make a setting – one could even argue that characters are often expressions of their cultures.
When we build these cultures we're often thinking about important things. We want to know why characters believe as they do. We want to explain why characters go where they go and do what they do. We want to explain why magic is the prerogative of the ruling class, why there's a different language spoken on this distant space station, and so on. We want to explain what matters – in short, cultures explain the Big Plot.
This is short-sighted.
Continue reading Go Farther: Fiction Needs Irrelevance
Previously, I talked about how the Book Wars, leading to many new
technologies and methods, meant anyone could be an author. I now want
to look at one way this can affect upcoming media.
I think we may see the return of Pulps (fun-but-trashy/slick fiction) and of serial fiction.
Continue reading Book Wars Part 2: Return of Pulps and Serials
BOOK WARS: RISE OF EVERYONE
You've seen a lot on the changes in publishing occurring in this blog, every few days, if not more often, there's talk about e-readers, e-books, Print on Demand, etc. I could sum this up in many ways (including "oh, gods make it stop, it's confusing), but to put it simply:
- There are more ways to get text to people.
- Everyone wants a piece of that market.
- This means new ways to deliver content and consume it.
Now, this basically means people can read more and authors can get their stuff out easier. I have several books in the works and am pretty sure most if not all will start as Print On Demand with e-book options. I see no reason not to embrace the new technology.
There's another side to this that often gets missed. Yes, more ways to get more books in more formats. We can guess that, we've heard about it, we know it's a given.
Continue reading Book Wars Part 1: The Rise of Everyone