Today, we finish up (probably) a series of articles and podcasts in relation to my next book, The Songstress Murders, available for pre-order now! Our topic of the moment is exposition, various types of that, and how it relates to genre fiction and world-building!
This week’s The World Of .. focuses on fantasy gods and religions, as well as how those things can influence and inform us about the cultures and characters in those worlds, using examples from my next book, The Songstress Murders!
For the next few weeks, Wednesdays will be focused on the lead-up to the full release of my latest book, The Songstress Murders, which you can pre-order from Amazon at THIS LINK. So, without further ado, let’s get into The World Of The Songstress Murders!
Genre fusion is something that is pretty old-hat by now. It’s like chocolate and peanut butter; mixing the right taste combinations creates something greater than the individual ingredients. It’s at the very core of cooking, be it for food or for new literary cuisine. The Songstress Murders is no different.
But as with most elements of writing, genres and their fusions have to be handled properly. Each genre brings with it certain core elements and genre conventions, as well as certain preconceptions brought to the tale by the reader herself. To write a genre tale well involves understanding these themes and elements, as well as how to both cater to and play with the reader’s expectations. One must balance both embracing the genre and creating a unique and interesting interpretation of said genre. Rehashing the same formula, even if it is a tried-and-true formula, gets tiresome for readers after a while.
We’re mostly back on track today with another The World Of … article, this time talking about my soon-to-be-available first book in The Inspector Redmane Mysteries, The Songstress Murders! Initially intended to talk about world-building in genre fiction, my crushing fatigue leads me to ramble about themes, the origins of the story, and all sorts of things, but it does get to that pesky world-building thing quite a bit. Enjoy!
First, the movie is incredible, well, if you like action movies. This is, at its core, an action flick with all that entails, so if you’re not on-board for high-octane action, you won’t like it. That being said, there’s some surprising depth of story and world-building done here and that’s what I’m going to talk about today.
So I’ve been away from the writing article thing for the past few weeks, trying to get a dent made in my TBR list, but something has come up that I must talk about. It’s something I’ve brought up undoubtedly many times, but it seems to be something that needs to be repeated. It’s time to talk about world building again, folks!
We all know what world building is. We should also all know how important it is to do. No matter what your setting is, no matter how familiar or contemporary it might be, there’s always a need for world building in any book. Why is that, you may be asking? Why should I take up a chunk of my narrative and my reader’s time talking about a contemporary setting, for example?