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‘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:

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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.

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 : octodon.social/@22/10212539127

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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