It's fantasy, it shouldn't be so limited.
June 2, 2012 2:57 PM Subscribe
There is no shortage of fantasy novels set in a fantasy world based on Europe. But what about fantasy worlds based on other cultures?
posted by Kutsuwamushi to Writing & Language (54 answers total) 133 users marked this as a favorite
Just to be clear, I'm talking about invented worlds, not stories that take place in a real setting but with added fantastical elements. For example, a story in which someone time-travelled back to Moorish Spain would not fulfill my requirement, because that's a real setting, but Guy Gavriel Kay's book The Lions of Al-Rassan fulfills it perfectly, because it's closely based on Moorish Spain but not actually Moorish Spain.
The setting doesn't have to be that specific and detailed, though. A lot of fantasy novels are set in McEurope, so I'd settle for names of books that are set in McChina, McIndia, McJapan, McWestAfrica, etc. Even if they're not good books! (But please tell me if they suck, so I don't buy them. Especially if they are exotifying trash.)
For Japan, I can think of Dragon Sword and Wind Child, and the Tales of the Otori Series--as long as I'm remembering correctly that they're not set in real Japan. I'm not asking about anime, but Seirei no Moribito would be another great example if it were a book: Obviously based on Japan (even has fantasy!Ainu), but not Japan.