Fantasy Cities and Towns

Interesting look at writing in fantasy

Emiliana's Thoughts

Describing locations in fantasy books is often a lot more in-depth than in any kind of modern fiction story set in the real world, for obvious reasons. It’s easy enough to get away with saying “it was a town like any other ordinary town in [America/Britain/Denmark/wherever]” because many readers will have lived in, visited, or otherwise just seen in other forms of media the kind of town that’s being referenced. It loses a modicum of impact when you say “it was a town like any other in Cardolan,” though.

In terms of both fantasy and modern fiction it’s largely dictated by the writing style of the author, of course, but generally speaking more elaboration is called for in an entirely fictional world into which only the author can see.

I find it much easier to give a clear picture of the settlement in question if it’s a place that the…

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