‘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 #anime 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 #Malazan 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.