What makes a reader feel like they’d love to live in the story you create?
The world the story is built in.
They can gain a sense of familiarity from rich descriptions of the geography, present cultures, and even deep history. The more effort put into deepening environment lore, the more the readers can picture it and escape there.
Grab your tools and let’s start building!
The media that will help drive the topic of world building is the YouTube video called “3 Game of Thrones Worldbuilding Cornerstones – Game of Thrones Series” created by the uploader Tale Foundry. Besides the clever animations and quality narrating voice, this person is known for deep creative writing analyses of popular works. In this video, he is analyzing what makes the world in Game of Thrones so memorable and intricate.
So, as was said in the video, the themes of geography, culture, and history are the necessary pillars for creating the environment that the story and characters live in.
Geography is important in the way that it allows a reader the chance to understand where characters live and travel to. It also gives insight as to why characters and cultures act the way they do. It could even give a driving force behind the plot if the weather is as unpredictable or more than weather here on Earth. By adding that sense of changing environmental factors like weather and landmarks, it gives readers a chance to relate and envision the circumstances befalling the characters. Also, region boundaries can provide reasons as to why certain regions developed the way they did and how it benefited or disadvantaged life there.
The point I enjoyed the most from this video has to be the multi-culture acknowledgment. Having a variety of different cultures and beliefs is what makes a story dynamic and believable. It gives the readers multiple chances to bond with a culture that fits their own aspired morals, beliefs, and way of life. Creating a strong attachment between the reader and a culture is a driving goal for authors since the connection is most likely what keeps the audience reading. It should become hard for them to put down the book or discontinue the series if they desperately want to know the fate of beloved culture. The only thing I wish the video touched on was the amount of possibilities there are when these cultures have contact with each other. The interaction between cultures is what makes them so important. Contrasts and similarities form a variety of views that really makes characters (and readers) reevaluate the situation they are in.
The history is extremely crucial to the story in my opinion. It forms the very basis of everything logical in the world. There should be reasons why whole kingdoms were built or why certain groups despise each other. It should be the very root for why the conflict has sprouted within the story. If there is no history, there is no reason why hardship suddenly befalls characters. No reason why a villain seeks to bring destruction on everyone if nothing had wronged him/her first. Adding layers to a world’s history is what makes the story believable. It makes true fans of your stories want to dig deeper into what you’ve hidden deep within the words on the page. Readers can learn alongside the characters about this world and see the horizons broadening before their own eyes. Never being able to see the edge of the world sparks curiosity about what is potentially out there for them to discover next.
Questions for fellow Navigators:
On a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate the importance of world building in novels and why?
Which of these three pillars of geography, culture, and history is the most important?
How will this impact your writings in the future?
Do you have any works that could have benefited from this knowledge?
Please leave your reply below and let’s discuss!