- Jun 18, 2018
Honestly, I dislike that term for a variety of reasons
- Stats being an actual inworld thing is more of a singular trope than an entire genre, as it is more one element of the larger setting instead of describing the larger setting, like Sword&Sorcery, Wuxia, Space Opera, etc. are doing
- LitRPG really doesn't sound like "Story in which RPG stats are canon", but something more akin to CYOA books or old book adventures that TTRPG's had.
- Honestly, I personally regard something declared as a genre as an implicit acknowledgement of it being an important writing development, instead of it being a result of authors copying what they believe games to be like despite not playing anything in the genre and taking those stats as hard facts instead of the original way they were used, as abstractions of more complex systems not reasonably replicable on pen and paper.