Just a few days until November and mini_nanowrimo
starts (have you signed up for your wordcount btw? 5 days to make a commitment!) and I've been laid up with a migraine this weekend, so I've had a lot of time to think with no particular outlet since the whole light thing didn't work so well. My story this time around won't take much world building, but the Zombieland/SPN fusion that I want to start soon will, and I've been re-reading the stories that always inspire me when it comes to world building. So I figured I would share. :) beanside
are, in my opinion, some of the best world builders ever. They have the ability to create lush worlds where even though you don't know everything, you feel like its fully fleshed out and ready to step into. I am seriously in awe of their ability to do this, and can't recommend any of their work strongly enough. In particular, I love their Retriever-verse, and Ceremony of Innocence
is an excellent example of it. I can't tell you how many times I have re-read this verse, just because. (Also just for the sheer gorgeousness and amazing characterization, Raven-verse
The next two recs are from the whatwekeep
comm, which is literally filled with amazing writers and stories. I came to it first via poisontaster
's A Kept Boy
which is a gorgeous and stunning love story set in a world where slavery is real and none too pretty at times. Its a world so close to ours, but with such clear and razor sharp differences, you can't help but be drawn in. I get a little thrill every time I see an update posted, and you must read the outtakes... they never fail to amaze me with the way they backfill this verse so clearly.
Poisontaster opened the verse up for others to play in and I am so very grateful that she did. Because the other rec I have, trishabooms Horse
is set in the What We Keep universe, and is so fantastic I don't even have words to begin to describe it. Sharp and painful but beautiful at the same time. Both stores exist in the same verse, but they both create such different and vividly colored worlds. I particularly like the way neither of them shy away from the reality of just how terrible humans can be to one another, without letting it devolve into campy evil overlords.
Another story that I have read more times than I care to admit to in public, is caarirose
's The Blessing In the Moon
. The amazing thing about this fic, (well ok, one of the hundred of amazing things,) is the fact that it takes place in one room for the entire fic. But you get such a clear picture of the world that Fred and Lumpy inhabit. There is a coda that I can never find, that takes place outside the room, but really, everything you need to know about that world, everything you feel and sense and imagine, comes from the main story. It makes me want to have shelves filled with stories in this world, to see pictures and watch movies and learn everything I can about it. phantisma
is an excellent example of taking a world that your reader is familiar with (in this case, Supernatural) and twisting it on its head until you have something new and dangerous and fascinating. I love the familiar feel of the characters and the world that they inhabit slowly unfurling. Altho I give you fair warning, Broken is a huge sprawl of a story that sucks you in and rips your heart out over and over... but OH! what a ride!
Finally, I reccomend classics_geek
's sealed by a fragile touch
and the two sequels she has written in the same series. Not a traditional AU as she stays very much in the Trek universe, but the world that she creates in this story is haunting and devastating all the same. Her stories are epic in the sense of love lost and found and fought for, and the worlds and situations she creates are so poignant and real that you lose yourself in them, only to have your heart broken when they are finished and there is no more.
These are the stories that I turn to when I need inspiration or just to get away. The one thing that every single one of them does is that they don't talk down to their readers, and they don't hit you over the head with this clever world they created. They invite you in with gripping characters and tight stories that have you holding your breath as you wait for the next part. They make me want to be a better writer, and in the end that is the highest compliment I can give.