The fact that this is ingrained in all of us from a young age is the problem. I’m sick of seeing the same tired tropes used over and over again. I’m tired of seeing darkness and dark skin associated with evil and light and light skin associated with good. Why can’t someone reverse the tired, done to death trope?
You say it wouldn’t make sense because the original trope is based off our fears? Well guess what? I and many other people of color are afraid of white people. Taking recent events into consideration, we have reason to be. A reversal of the trope would speak to our fears and maybe show others the world through our eyes.
There’s also the fact that in that vast expanse of space, there are sources of light so large, so bright, and so hot, they’ll kill you before you can even get close. Even from the surface of the Earth it is dangerous to stare too long at the bright light that is the sun. The bright flashes of white lightning that crawl across the sky or snake their way quickly from the clouds to the ground are also deadly to those that encounter it.
What doesn’t make sense to me is the ground that supplies us with nourishment and the night which we use to rest and recharge our bodies is painted as evil in fantasy stories. Of course the world would have to be built and new rules made. Isn’t that true of every fantasy story? World building is something that is done in all good stories and that would be no different here.
This wasn’t meant as a complete outline of a new fantasy story, it was simply an expression of a desire to see something truly different. Many people feel the same way as I, that this can be done in an entertaining and refreshing way in the right hands. That’s what it really boils down to. The right person has to take this and run with it for it to be something new, refreshing, and above all entertaining.