I'm interested to see what people's opinions are on realism in fantasy settings.
How important is realism to you?
Do you get irritated by the physics bending antics of movie Legolas?
Are you an acolyte of the Rule of Cool?
Personally, whilst I'm happy to let my mind wander in a world of dragons and chromatic orbs, I still like to think about mundane factors like: -How are my characters feeding themselves? -How much do 20,000 gold coins weigh? -Could he really swing a longsword in either hand? -If I'm sneaking up to quietly despatch a sentry, is a 6 foot long piece of wood really my best option? -Do the Hogwarts kids really not learn basic maths or grammar?
This discussion applies to literature, video games, pnp, movie/tv and any other media. The only proviso being that magic exists within the internal universe... whether that be the wand-waving ubiquitous magic of the Potterverse or something more subtle or structured.
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How important is realism in fantasy settings? 49 votes
Realism is essential to immersion. Magic doesn't mean that anything goes.
Realism is important, but exceptions can be made if there's good internal logic/explanation.
I'm happy for each setting to play by its own rules.
Realism isn't very important, but some internal logic would be good.
It's a magical world. It happens by magic and I'm cool with that.