Here are the Top Ten Settings I'd Love to See More Of!1. Michigan.
I'm from the midwest. I can relate to novels set from Wisconsin to Ohio. I've lived in Chicago and devoured books set on in it's beautiful splendor. Only, I'm from Michigan. I grew up here and I'm living in the metro Detroit area again. Since I was a child I've had a hard time finding books set in my home state, and then finding ones that didn't deal so heavily with the auto industry. There is a very specific culture to the midwest, and I love seeing it represented in literature - no matter what the actual place, I just want to see my home a big more evenly represented.
2. New York in the 1920's
The Jazz age fascinates me. It's at once festive, sad, and glamours. I'm enchanted by the liquor and the dancing. Really, I just want to ware cloche hats and drop waist dresses and not have to worry about the internet.
3. Hemingway's Paris
Alright, This should really be 2b. Still the 20's. Still the lost generation. Only I really loved the Paris wife and want books about ever one of his contemporaries in Paris. There's a book about Zelda Fitzgerald coming out this spring and I'm super pumped for it!
My grandmother is Canadian, and I'm a 20 minute drive from Windsor. I never see books set in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. I'd love to devour some stories about our neighbors to the north!
I've always loved cemeteries as settings. They can be romantic or sad or mysterious, they bring all types of people together and can hold amazing amounts of information.
Last year I read (er, listened to the audiobook) Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore and I was hooked. I wanted to find more mysterious bookstores, or find another forgotten library. These are places that are so relatable for bookish people and I love to see writers describe their favorite haunts.
7. Boarding Schools/ Prestigious Universities.
I just find pretensions institutes of learning fascinating, okay?
Hey, a girl can dream, right?
And Two Settings I am DONE with:
1. Dystopian America
It can be done right, but a good dystopian novel set in America is very hard to come by lately. It doesn't help that lately everything seem's dystopian and I'm just over it.
2. The Pacific Northwest
I don't care about Seattle or Portland. I don't care about the constant rain. I don't want to read about hipsters in the rain. The end.