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*raises eyebrow* Fascinating.Thanks for pointing out that article. It really makes a lot of sense. I like the idea of thinking of myself of coming to a book with a certain kind of toolkit. It certainly explains why I struggle with certain kinds of books, and why I love SF so predominantly.
Interesting article! Definitely something to keep in mind when I'm doing the the information release tight rope walk. :)
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I somewhat agree with commentors on Tor.com that it's less about a toolkit, and more about a frame of reference. It's not so much that SFF fans don't know their way around a metaphor as that they don't expect them to come up--to use a comparison between reading SFF and reading litfic. Perhaps "expectations" is the word here. This isn't an issue of world-building at all, but rather an issue of being familiar with genre conventions.Which is not to say I don't believe that there's a reader form of worldbuilding. I did a post on my blog about how the the way a reader builds their understanding of the story and its world is similar to the way humans model the world around them.Here's the post, since a link is easier than re-typing the idea as a comment here:http://atsiko.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/tension-or-how-stories-work/