“Create Your Own World!” is a motto of visionary artists. All enjoy escaping into, & journeying within, fictional realms. Some aspire to create their own unique artistic worlds. Fictional Worlds, intended for readers who love literature & film—especially writers, filmmakers, & videogame designers—points at new ways of navigating, exploring & creating entrancing fictional universes. This book promises to make its readers confident fictional world travelers & compelling storytellers. A holistic, evolutionary study of narrative from ancient rituals, myths & fairytales to today, it blends a creative intellectual approach to writing & fictional world-building. Dozens of winning storytelling techniques & strategies are examined. The themes of journey, wonderworlds, secret societies, the Unknown, quests for advanced knowledge, symbolic death-rebirth, conflict resolution, family as a language of culture & the symbolic construction of community are at the core of this inquiry into the nature of narrative, its politics & poetics. Teaching nuts & bolts of fiction writing, this book connects the cultural dots in the trajectory of the dramatic arc, elucidating the power of storytelling. It explores stories about extraordinary ordinary people, tales of intolerance, the relationship between tragedy, mystery & film noir, highlighting traditional & new types of conflict, storyline & heroism. With Odysseus as a guide, Fictional Worlds journeys thru the landscape of narrative traditions, emerging practices & artistic debates. The four volumes explore genres such as action-adventure, drama, mystery & comedy, & the ways they facilitate social self-optimization.