Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, wherein we showcase ten books/topics within a theme. This week's theme is "Settings I’d Like to See More Of (Or At All)."
This topic made me scratch my head a minute. I was like "Does that mean app settings? What does that have to do with reading?" It took me a few to realize the intent is scene settings.
Don't worry, I caught on eventually!
This post is being split into 5 settings I want to read anytime and 5 settings I can take or leave.
Show Me More:
I would love to read more books set in the following locations:
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
I've always loved the New Orleans atmosphere. The hint of magic, flavor of tradition, and allure of the mystic -- the unknown... Always a fantastic setting, especially for paranormal books!
2. Epic Fantasy Worlds
Custom-built fantasy worlds -- especially those with dragons! Some of my favorite books are fantasy settings (so is my debut novel so it's an obvious favorite for me). Always love a good, creative fantasy realm!
3. Ghostly / Ethereal / Paranormal Realms
I have a deep appreciation for ghost planes, heaven/hell tales, and mystical "in-between" worlds. Would love to see more of these!
I love a good Irish and Scottish settings. When the author gets the brogue right and takes the reader on a tour of the locale -- phenomenal stuff! I always come back for more, especially when it ties in local legends and paranormal aspects. (If you didn't notice, I may or may not have a thing for the paranormal...)
5. Mystery Houses
Houses full of hidden surprises -- secret rooms and passages behind walls or bookcases, stairs leading to seemingly nowhere, secret triggers, and hidden treasures. Think Winchester Mystery House. A lot of "choose your own adventure" books feature this setting format, but I would love to see it more often in general fiction as well!
Show Me Less:
Though there are exceptions, I'm not generally a fan of books set in the following locations:
1. Boarding Schools
There are some exceptions (Harry Potter comes to mind) but otherwise, I can take or leave boarding school settings. There's usually a lot of prestige and stuck-up behavior. It's just not a setting I typically like.
2. Victorian England
If a book is done right in Victorian England, like a serial killer thriller, okay sure. But I find most historical Victorian stories dull. If you're going to do it, make it exciting!
3. Ski Resorts
Skiing is not something I enjoy; neither is cold/snow. Usually these stories feature the hero/heroine getting snowed-in together for a few days and falling for each other. I find it overdone.
4. Country Clubs
I usually find books set at country clubs to be "hoity toity" and snobbish. I very rarely enjoy those books.
5. Night Clubs
This one could be me-specific, but I usually don't enjoy books featuring a lot of night club scenes. I enjoy music and dancing (love a good rock concert) but clubbing is not my thing and I don't enjoy reading about it.