The Expert vs. The Bumpkin: On Genre Exposition and Reader Expectations by Harry Connolly

Let’s put Harry Dresden and Frodo Baggins next to each other. (No, seriously. Let’s.) At the beginning of their respective series, they don’t have a lot in common: They’re male. They’re good people. They both have an extraordinary ability to persevere in the face of terrible adversity. The rest is contrast. One is personally powerful...