Well I finished re-reading my favorite gushy Christian romances this week and have moved on to one of the only successful YA fantasy series in the CBA. I am enjoying the action. I like the protagonist. I am pleased with the threat of imminent world collapse. But I have a hard time not visualizing the parallel world through a hazy lens. Like a bad cartoon portrayal of heaven.
Maybe it is that I have watched too many bad cartoon portrayals of heaven. But parallel worlds need to be crystal clear to me. Have those everyday details that make them live in my inner eye. Hobbits eat six times a day, wear tweed jackets, and are plagued by snoopy relatives. This I can believe. Why? Because it is not fantastical. The detail is real and thus, for me, so is the fantasy world. So now I know. I like action and character and a world apocalypse, but I also want silly, ordinary, real world details to pull me slowly into believing the fantasy.