It's not strange to look at already existing worlds that have characteristics in common with the world you are creating in order to get some inspiration or to avoid using stereotypes.

Would it be a good question, if someone ask for an explanation to something that is already done but he doesn't know how it fits in his setting or if it would be a good addition to his world? Also, questioning why certain types of worlds tend to have the same approach to something would be acceptable?


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If you are just asking about world already built, this site is not suitable. https://scifi.stackexchange.com/ or https://movies.stackexchange.com/ would probably be a better fit.

If there is some element you want to implement in your world, it is OK to ask about it, provided that:

  1. Question will contain all the data needed and
  2. Question will contain all constrains you want

It is not acceptable to ask question in a way that only fans of certain anime / tv show / book series would understand, and it is not acceptable to dismiss an answer only because show did it differently, when such restriction was not present in the question itself.

As for "questioning why certain types of worlds tend to have the same approach to something" - it is not acceptable, at least not when stated this way. We cannot know what all these authors were thinking so this could be closed as primarily opinion based. There is no actual problem to be solved, as noted in help center, and since it is not about building a new world, it is simply off topic. If you are building a new fictional world, and want to know if such elements makes sense given your constrains, OK, question about that may be all right.

  • $\begingroup$ FWIW, I think my question How can I explain space travel being accepted and supported in a typical fantasy setting? is a decent example showing that with some care, this can be done right. No, it isn't tied to a single specific world being built, and even goes so far as to say "typical fantasy setting"; however, it does describe the setting in reasonably sufficient detail for answers to be given; it's limited in what it is asking for; and while the answers do point in somewhat different directions, there is a common theme to most of them. $\endgroup$
    – user
    May 28, 2017 at 9:32

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