Re: What do you prefer more in the fantasy? A fast-moving plot with a lot of action or a slow story with worl (...)#21
Re: What do you prefer more in the fantasy? A fast-moving plot with a lot of action or a slow story with worl (...)#22
Re: What do you prefer more in the fantasy? A fast-moving plot with a lot of action or a slow story with worl (...)#23
I'm getting distracted - yes, character and world building are most important for me because if I don't care about the characters then it doesn't really matter how good the rest of the story is - I will not root for someone just because they are the heroes, even less if them fighting for what's good or right is their entire personality.
but jokes aside....yeah. Depends. A darker, somber fantasy would be a bit weird if it was constant action.
Take that with a grain of salt because I read 1,000-page philosophy tomes for fun.
And sure, there are some novels with pages and pages of worldbuilding, which can get very tedious. The problem with worldbuilding is mostly however how it's written and where it's placed in the novel. You can put a single chapter's worth of worldbuilding in a single chapter, or you can spread it over ten chapters. It's the same amount of worldbuilding, though the first option tends to be much more tedious. And obvious it's much more complicated than that and there are many more facets to it. I however see quite a few authors that seems to have trouble with this.
Action on the other hand is often overdone. It's something that tends to be very predictable and gets boring fairly quickly. Moreover, there are quite a few authors with fights every other chapter, or fights that last for ten+ chapters non-stop. And while I still like some of these novels, I tend to skim/skip all those fights. It's just not very interesting -- especially when someone is writing a strong/overpowered protagonist. Your fight scene can be masterfully crafted, but if the outcome is predictable, it will still be boring to me.
I like stories about strong/overpowered protagonist, those stories should however not be about the fighting. The fighting should be a means to something more(tensions, character development, plot progression ,...), not a goal.
But if you look at the big guns, fast paced stories are doing better.
In the end it's more about what you want to write. I wrote a slow one because that's what i wanted to read and I didn't found what i wanted.
slow paced is hence my thing