Us aspiring writers: ah but we must explain the lore and the magic so that our readers believe the world we build!

J. R. R. Tolkien: that tree is super old and hella pissed, that’s why he tried to eat you lmao


JRR Tolkien:

*Writes an entire book to narrate the mythology of the other books*

@rick_777 True, but within the confines of LotR and the hobbit, it’s very much “shit’s old and magical as fuck!” whenever weird things happen.


Ah, I get your point now.

In any case, whether to do exposition about your lore or not, that's your choice, but keep the reader interested. Hence, the different narrative devices for said exposition: epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter, a clueless protagonist that keeps asking questions on behalf of the reader, and so on. Even the cliché "as you probably know, my fellow scientist coworker, the experimental device..." that is as old as sci fi itself.

One of my favorites: Encyclopedia Exposita (gotta love those names :blobcheeky: )

> Quotes from other fictional books being used as an Epigraph or part of the frame of the story. They are not part of the text proper.

> These quotes are always apposite, and often provide painless exposition, rather than relying on As You Know - style conversations.

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