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A Reader of Fictions: Top Ten Settings I'd Like to See More

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Top Ten Settings I'd Like to See More

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Honestly, this isn't something I consider much, but I'm going to try. I may not actually make it to ten this week.

1. Atlanta - Who doesn't want to read stories set in their hometown? I love when I read a novel and recognize places I've been.

2. Pittsburgh - Pretty much the same reasoning. I attended the University of Pittsburgh for grad school and spent a year there. One book I read last year mentioned the Tower of Learning, which I even have a class in, and I thought that was awesome.

3. College - Yes, I know there are a ton of books coming out set in college right now, but I don't want the stereotypical New Adult nonsense. I want good, real, stuff, like Easy or Just One Day.

4. Vietnam - I've been to Vietnam, and it's beautiful. So far, I've only read one non-Vietnam War book with that setting, and I loved seeing it.

5. Ireland - Been there, loved it. Want more.

6. Japan - This one seems to be coming true in 2013. Hello, manga obsession coming to my YA fic!

7. Korea - My kdrama obsession can be thanked for this one.

8. Russia - I did my I.S. senior year of college on Solzhenitsyn's work, and I am a bit obsessed with Russian subject matter.

9 & 10. The other foreign countries - Really, all of the foreign countries, okay? I love them all!

I know. I cheated, and was lazy. Whatever. I really just want to read all sorts of awesome books set in all sorts of awesome places.

Make it so.

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28 Comments:

Blogger Christine said...

I think there's definitely something appealing about reading about places you've been too. I included the area where I grew up for that reason.

January 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Very true. It makes you feel even more connected to the story.

January 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM  
OpenID justcaffeinated said...

Russia is definitely on my list too this week. And like Christine mentioned, there's something about reading novels set in places you've been too; I get nostalgic remembering the locations as I read, lol.

Here's my 10 places for this week's TTT =)

January 22, 2013 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Danica Page said...

I loved Russia and Ireland.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by the typical new adult nonsense, so I can't really suggest a college book. If you clarified, I could maybe give a recommendation. :)

Great list!

Here's mine

~Danica Page
Taking it One Page at a Time

January 22, 2013 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Christina (Christinareadsya) said...

Yes to college! Yes to all of them. Except there will probably never be a book about my hometown because I live in a small suburb, or about my college town because it too is really, really small. I think I'd like to see more books in general set outside the US, because even books written by non-American authors are often about characters living in the US.

January 22, 2013 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh geez, I wasn't quite sure how to clarify that. Mainly, I don't want it to be just a vehicle for sex. I want being a college student to be important to the plot. Does that make sense? A lot of them seem to be about unhealthy relationships with hawt abusive guys that I'm supposed to root for for some reason and I want none of that.

January 22, 2013 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yay for Russia! The only YA I can remember reading from that region is Between Shades of Grey (not Russia proper, but USSR) and the Katerina trilogy by Robin Bridges. Need more!

January 22, 2013 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Well, I actually live in a suburb as well, and I really do not expect any books to be set here, unless I wrote one myself. However, Atlanta's good enough for me.

Truth. I think it's easier to get pubbed maybe if your book is set in the US? I don't know.

January 22, 2013 at 1:01 AM  
OpenID aliceinreaderland said...

Ireland is on my list, glad to see it on yours too! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/settings/

January 22, 2013 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger Ula (Blog of Erised) said...

Nice list! I love Ireland as well even though I've never been there (yet!). I'd definitely read more of that. And London.

My TTT

January 22, 2013 at 5:16 AM  
Blogger Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

I love reading books that are set in places I've been and can recognize stuff in (though occasionally that will lead to a "no way can you get from point A to point B in that amount of time")

Also a huge yes to all the foreign countries!

January 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, that could be an issue in Atlanta for sure. You went from where to where at what time? I think NOT. lol.

January 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM  
OpenID callusedfingers said...

I never knew Pittsburg was so popular! Yours is the fourth list that I've seen it on so far today.

January 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Well, Pittsburgh would also just be a great setting in its own right with all the rivers and bridges and mountains and roads that are stairs.

January 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM  
OpenID tigerlilyrachel said...

I want more Russia as well! And all foreign countries. It's so interesting to read about places that I've never been. I think well written stories can really bring those places to life. Oh and yes to college as well! But good college books, like you said. Books that are actually realistic and relatable and not overly fluffy.

January 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm setting my New Adult book in community college, and it will probably suck, but I'm excited so far...I took some classes at Los Angeles Community College so I can hopefully make it somewhat realistic!

January 22, 2013 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Kat Balcombe said...

I love your very city-specific answers ;) - it's always fun reading books set in cities that you actually know! Russia is so fascinating - so much history and tragedy!

January 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Huh, interesting. I have no real idea what community college is like, since I'm pretty sure it's not the show Community.

January 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ugh, I've been so envious of everyone else's reponses. I just was not feeling very creative last night.

January 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger KM said...

I 100% agree with all the foreign countries! And it DOES seem like there have been a lot of Japanese settings recently, and I'm super pumped about that! Let's move to Korea next, eh, YA? Asia as a whole is in love with Korean stuff, so I find it amusing that Americans are still craving for Japanese things; but I guess we're behind on the times?

January 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

YES! Korea and Japan make such interesting things. Also, Koreans are super hot, so I want those movie adaptations. Let's GET ON THAT. I hope they pick up your novel to start Korea fever!

January 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Aly said...

Thinking about it I want more in Atlanta. I get so happy when I recognize a setting, like, yeah, I'm cool :)

My Top Ten

January 22, 2013 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Shelver506 said...

Ooooh yes. I think a Vietnam story in particular would be fascinating.

My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-10-tuesday-most-desired-settings-in.html

January 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I've never really watched Community, but they actually shoot at least some of the exteriors there at Los Angeles Community College! It's more a wider variety/age range of people than you'd get at a 4-year school.

January 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

Yes, Vietnam! Please more SE Asia settings! And definitely more Japan. You know how I feel about all things Asian.

January 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Reading about one's hometown is the best! It makes the story seem all the more real :)

January 23, 2013 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I'm really getting into Russia after reading Arthur Ransom's Russian Tales for class. In college I read Crime and Punishment, which completely put me off the literature and setting, but I'm slowly overcoming it lol. Here's Ours

January 24, 2013 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Dragana Mitrovic said...

Yay for a lot of interesting countries for a book setting. :) I love it when I read a book that is not set in USA or UK. I think I read interesting book with Russian setting last year... Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente.
Here's list of Top Ten Settings I’d Like to See More of in YA Fiction on my blog.

January 25, 2013 at 12:15 PM  

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