Monday, December 17, 2007

Pullman's World Building

If "fantasy", our usual name for other-world fiction, sometimes has a bad name it is for the licence this creation permits. Inventing the infrastructure of an imagined world is not as difficult as imagining the connections between such a world and ours. The Lord of the Rings fabricates wonderfully dense and elaborate history and geography, yet psychologically and morally it is utterly simplistic.

Those of you interested in reading and writing fantasy fiction will be interested in Professor John Mullan's observations in the Guardian on Phillip Pullman's skill in world-building in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

1 comment:

savante said...

So you can imagine how sad to find that magical world truncated in the movie.