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World-building is gaining popularity. What does that mean?

We live in a world of world-building. More and more, we yearn for stories with fleshed-out worlds, where complete immersion is the goal. You see it on our games, our books, our movies, our comics. But what aspect of human nature is attracted to this kind of story? And what does it mean that we’re delving deeper into the stories as time goes on?

Evan Puschak (The Nerd Writer) gives us an academic breakdown, with heart. He’s clearly worried about the impact that world-building can have when used as a way to escape reality. Completely.


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