I read a lot of fantasy series, and some of them span centuries. But for those series, they often use ancestors to continue on the story. So, understanding the genealogy of the characters is very important.
In Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, the story mostly follows the Ohmsford family, and to a lesser extent, the Leah family. A Song of Ice and Fire has an extensive list of family members, so keeping them straight is a must. There’s also a back story with ancestry, so George R. R. Martin probably needs to understand the family tree. In J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and The Children of Hurin, an extensive family tree was made, and is even in The Silmarillion.
In real life, I find royal family trees fascinating. My aunt is researching my maternal grandfather’s ancestry. My paternal grandmother is possibly a descendent of William Malet, though this is not confirmed. This is all very interesting stuff, if you ask me.
For Ariadne, I’ll be doing an extensive genealogy, as a few families will remain quite prominent in society on the new world. So far, I know who is in Journey to Ariadne, as well as the following duology. The duology has the second generation and features many of the same characters as Journey to Ariadne, but also their children. However, the following planned trilogy is far in the future, and I will do a very extensive genealogy, so I can keep track of who’s who and which families have become related through marriage and children.
Another thing I find interesting is when playing The Sims 2, I can follow the families and see how the traits of the parents are passed down. That’s one of the most fascinating things I find about the game.
How about you? Do you have an interest in genealogy in fiction?