I’m reading Rabbit, Run these days. I’m also thinking about my own writing pretend plans. I started wondering why nobody seems to write Literature (with a capital L) set within the framework of made up worlds.
All of the sci-fi/fantasy seems to be so over the top, action/suspense based that the characters are often pushed into the background while we get wowed by the tech, magic and world building.
I’ve got to believe that characters in fantasy settings have other personal issues other than their parents died when the hero was a baby leaving him with mysterious origins. Shouldn’t these characters be people struggling through divorce or raising kids or losing their full time job or trying to balance their jobs, hobbies and midlife crises.
That seems like it would be a fun thing to write.
I remember reading a Tad Williams interview where he says that he wrote his fantasy series because he didn’t really like what was out there and figured that he should write something that he would like to read. Maybe I’ve finally find my calling.