‘action that feels consistently Big, set in a world that's similarly vast yet densely packed … Putting together a setting that's diverse regardless of that scope and making it feel believably inhabited is a herculean task’
—kVin on Fate/Grand Order: Babylonia trailer, with GIF:

They mention works ‘having a well-defined sense of place and creating the illusion that the world exists beyond the camera’.

I love works like that! This looks rad! Check that trailer!

I keenly felt that—an awareness of a bustling world just off the edges of page—in the first arc in "Gardens of the Moon", the first novel in the series by archaeology–anthropology-trained Steven Erikson.

I missed that feeling in the second arc, about Darujhistan the Free City, so I stopped…

I rarely read fiction because so much feels like it's told with a fisheye lens, with one or a few characters, the Chosen Ones, taking up most of the attention, with wispy shapes round the edges.

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Meanwhile the fractal nature of real life means that nonfiction brims with the possibility of someone or something very surprising entering into the story.

A WW2 story might have to refer to modulo arithmetic.

A journalistic piece on Hong Kong might allude to bond underwriters.

That this sense of "a world that exists beyond the camera/page" exists in nonfiction is an obvious tautology 😆 but important.

This goes back to my whinging about :

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Here, I stole the GIF (actually MP4, 12.5 frames per second, 636 kilobits per second) from Twitter: trailer that kVin was talking about.

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