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Another Post About Worldbuilding

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and C. E. Murphy. The post is called “With Worldbuilding, Every Detail Counts,” and, as you might surmise, it’s a post about worldbuilding and the background work I do when developing a new setting for my stories. I hope you enjoy it.

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hedwig_snowy
Sep. 21st, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Nice post. I do notice specific things missing from the Harry Potter movies that aren't integral to the main plot lines, but add richness to the books.

e.g. Scene where Oliver Wood teaches Harry about Quidditch.

"This ball's called the Quaffle," said Wood. "The Chasers throw the Quaffle to each other and try and get it through one of the hoops to score a goal. Ten points every time the Quaffle goes through one of the hoops. Follow me?"

"The Chasers throw the Quaffle and put it through the hoops to score,"

Harry recited. "So -- that's sort of like basketball on broomsticks with six hoops, isn't it?"

"What's basketball?" said Wood curiously. "Never mind," said Harry quickly.

Just one example of many, but it's one that sticks out in watching the film. I wouldn't have even noticed the comparison with the muggle world if it wasn't added to the books, but those little additions did make a difference to my enjoyment of the books.
davidbcoe
Sep. 21st, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Great example. Those little touches add so much to Harry's transition from one "world" to the other, and, yes, the movies ignore those moments to their detriment.
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