Hey people. I write mostly fantasy. Now as I read, I find that quite a lot of fantasy writers fall to the problem of not making their world realistic and complicated enough, both in geography and history. (I don't mean as detailed as Middle Earth, just a world with more that one desert, one highland and one forest). Sometimes it actually gives the feeling that I could just walk from one edge of that world to another. Now I know quite a lot of writers get past that problem by basing their story in the real world, but I was thinking of something else. What if I could base my fantasy world on the real world. It wouldn't be something I say, and probably all the names and a few other details would be different, but the main world, its geograph and history would be on similar lines to our world, with the addition of a little magic. For example, the story I plan on working on once I finished my current story is a story mainly based on giving new interpretations to Grimm's tales (yes, I know it has been done a thousand times over, but I have quite good ideas for it.) My main character is the hunter/woodsman which appears in quite alot of the stories (I mixed the Red Riding Hood hunter, Snow White hunter, and father of Hansel and Gretel to one character), in a country under the rule of Snow White and her husband. Now my setting is France on the eve of the French Revolution, with the ruling family basically Louis XVI and his wife. All the sights, towns, villages, and the people's way of life are going to be 18th century France, although I won't actually say it. Now is that a good idea, or will it be too obvious? How much should I make the setting similar to 18th century Europe, and where should I add change?