My name is M Harold Page and I recently sold a short story with a dragon in it.
As I wrote the story, I could hear the voices of snarky snobbery in the back of my head:
"Oh look, LOL, you could reduce all Fantasy maps to a blotchy version of Europe but swap in Orks for Mongols.... OMG another book about E'lves and D'warves... (chortle) Historical fiction for authors too lazy to do research."
"Sigh. Isn't it time to explore other cultures?"
Yes it's pretty easy to snark at -- call it - Traditional Fantasy, and also to give it a political
kicking critique. It is, after all, a genre in which everything is possible, and yet where it usually delivers European-style secondary worlds and archetypes.
I think the snarks and critiques rather miss the point. However that's for a different blog post. Instead let's consider the short defence of Traditional Fantasy, which is the starkly simple...