My parents used to have this set and it got me through so many school projects. People don’t use physical encyclopedias these days thanks to Wikipedia. Then again, I’m thinking of another type of encyclopedia. We’ll get to the questions in a bit. First, I’m going to clarity a bit.
Many authors might not consider this because it doesn’t really work for stand-alone authors or some genres. You need to have a lot of material to make an encyclopedia that collects everything from your works. I could probably do one for Legends of Windemere or all of my books. In fact, I used to have a notebook that listed all of the people, places, and things from my books. This was back in high school and I thought making a big compendium would be cool. Now, it seems like a daunting task that I wouldn’t be able to tackle without giving up a year of my life. Searching through every book to make sure I don’t miss a single character, monster, location, spell, and relic would take months if not longer. So, this is really an idea that I’ve abandoned. That doesn’t mean I’m not curious.
So, here are the questions:
- Do you own or have you ever read a compendium/encyclopedia from an author?
- Do you think they are worth creating when you or fans can make a wiki site?
- If you had to make a compendium about your life, what would be one thing that you could not forget?