Richard Price once said, and Michael Connolly has cited him for years for saying that "In Every Murder There is the Tale of a City."re mysteries & AH, especially mainstream AH, probably another reason it's so big is it's a great way to get your AH exposition through (especially to a mainstream audience). You have to clearly explain things and have characters say what's going on, in a way that'd be clunkier if it was a romcom.
I think it's why the 'Fear and Loathing' style concept of the journalist on tour is popular as well- the whole idea of something like that is trying to create a series of snapshots of the situation as it evolves over time and from place to place. Albeit much like the original works there's not as much of a mainstream appeal in that.Richard Price once said, and Michael Connolly has cited him for years for saying that "In Every Murder There is the Tale of a City."
It's true. And yeah if you're going to write AH and want to do something more then an Allohistorical Encyclopedia its one of the best ways to get across the world you've built.