Paranormals Are the Best: Part 2: “Oh, the world’s I have travelled …”

March2013 005This week we’re celebrating the world-building in paranormal fiction.

While all fiction has to do some amount of world-building, paranormal fiction here gets to play with its cousins fantasy, SF, and sci-fi. The author takes us to different places, times, adds and subtracts species, creates sub-cultures and secret histories, or perhaps plays with the rules of science in things like time-travel.

And let’s face it: picking up a book to travel somewhere new and exotic is WAY cheaper than the airfare there (especially the really far-reaches, where time, space, and current known-rules-of-the-universe sadly apply).

Talented authors create (and perhaps fulfill) in paranormal fiction the ultimate “what if” fantasy. What if … a secret culture of vampire protectors / warriors existed, or magic, fairies, the whole shebang really did exist? The possibilities (and the fun!) are endless.

Which is why I can’t end a post about paranormal fiction’s wonderful ability to take readers to new worlds and possibilities without a brief list of some of the favorites I’ve visited (and revisited).

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Yes, some might consider this world that rides balanced by 4 turtles atop a giant tortoise flying through space more urban fantasy, maybe SF. Don’t care. Love this world, the Watch, and the comparisons and perspective it offers us on our own world.

-Susan Kearney’s The Challenge series. Before this, I never would have wanted to travel across the universe through space, see this unusual future, or be best friends with a spaceship’s computer system. The tickets for trip would have been out of this world. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (sorry, couldn’t resist).

P.C. Cast’s Goddess series. Because really, who hasn’t wanted to wake up and discover they’re a goddess with a centaur husband in this magical kingdom with some connection to our own?

Elizabeth Vaughan’s Xyron, featured in the Warprize series. Somewhere between Earth’s early history, warring kingdoms, and intricate, intriguing cultures, you’re drawn into this kingdom, and asked to pick a side.

Okay, so that’s been enough from me. Now it’s your turn. What are some of your favorite world’s created in paranormal fiction (and you can see I’m pretty open in that definition)? Why? If you could revisit one again and again, which would it be, and why?

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4 responses to “Paranormals Are the Best: Part 2: “Oh, the world’s I have travelled …””

  1. Sonia G Medeiros Avatar

    I do love world building. One of my favorite series is Dune. Frank Herbert’s world is dazzling and feels so real.

    1. S.C. Chalmers Avatar

      That’s always my favorite kind of world, created in such rich detail by the author. Each book set there really does feel like a visit back to somewhere familiar. Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. AJ Larrieu Avatar

    My favorite paranormal world is Kate Griffin’s magical London in A Madness of Angels. It’s intricate and totally internally consistent (nothing makes me drop a book faster than the author breaking her own rules). Plus, Griffin’s writing is fantastic. One of my favorite series.

    1. S.C. Chalmers Avatar

      Ooh, that sounds interesting. I’ll have to check it out. I always admire such intricate and complicated world-building, where it’s so rich and interesting. Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚