This week’s topic is “Settings We’d Like to See More of,” which was a tough one for us! Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for another great Top Ten Tuesday!
Fantasy settings that aren’t based on fairy tales or stories that already exist. While I enjoy books that can take classic fairy tales or myths in a new direction, sometimes it’s just nice to pick up something that doesn’t take obvious inspiration from them.
Underwater/deep sea. This is one of the most mysterious settings and one that from my experience hasn’t been explored all the much.
Libraries. Sure, there are tons of books that use libraries as their setting. I’d still like to see more, whether they explore the libraries of today or speculate on the libraries of tomorrow.
Greenhouses. Another kind of odd setting, but I think it could be pretty versatile. And I just like plants, so there’s that.
Revolutionary War-era. This was always one of the most interesting parts of history to learn about and I’d like to explore it more.
One-setting stories. I don’t know why, but I have always loved books that take place in one location, whether it’s a tavern or a school or a spaceship. There’s something inherently cozy about these stories, and I love learning my way around an imaginary place.
Green worlds. A green world is a type of “other” place that the characters in a story travel to in which the normal rules of society do not apply. Most of the time, this results in characters sharing their true feelings and interacting in unusual ways.
Ancient civilizations. I love any book or video game where characters are exploring an ancient abandoned civilization. It’s always been a fascination of mine, and I’d love to read more books that deal with this concept.
Festivals. The Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Middlefest Fair in Words of Radiance. I love a good festival scene (many of which probably fall into the Green World category). Seeing so many characters crammed into one place is always fun and can make a world feel more “full.”
Taverns. From the Prancing Pony in The Fellowship of the Ring to the Waystone Inn in The Name of the Wind, I often feel like I’m sharing a drink with the characters in a story during these scenes.