Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Top Ten: Settings

To make a story feel real, really real, then there needs to be some awesome setting, details that make the world uniquely its own. And so, here's another one of my top tens. Again, this isn't ranked.

1. Hogwarts/The Wizarding World, Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I think that J.K. Rowling has convinced many people that Hogwarts and the Wizarding World actually exist. The precision of details is astounding. And I think that the strongest suit that Harry's world has is that there are parallels to the Muggle world (the Ministry, sports, banks, shops, etc) that it feels natural to us, but so much more magical at the same time.

2. Avonlea, Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
After reading these books, I wanted to go and live in a place just like Avonlea. The description is so beautiful, and it almost seems magical. There's a real special feel that Montgomery gives Avonlea, a quiet but fun town that's home.

3. Panem, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Now this is a place that you wouldn't want to live in. But the world and all of its chilling circumstances creates a vivid world to the readers.

4. Narnia, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The fact that this series focuses around the events in one setting means it really had to come alive, and it did. Whenever I read one of these books, the land and its inhabitants, the very soil of it, is so fantastic, and yet I never felt that it could be too far from truth.

5. Inkworld, Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke
This Inkworld seems to incorporate all of the elements of fantasy; from the creatures, to the countries and political divides. Everything is marvelous, but at times also deadly, and amazingly described.

6. Uglies world, Uglies series by Scott Westerfield
This was the first dystopian I'd ever read. The inventions, the rules, the philosophy, all of this became a possible future for us. When Tally goes to the Rusty ruins, that part always chills me, to think that's what we could become.

7. The Moors, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
 The moors become like its own character in Wuthering Heights it's astounding. The wildness, the unpredictability of it, it's the only place that Cathy, Heathcliff, and their children's story could have been told, as it reflects the mood of it perfectly.

8. Venice, The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
I've never been to Venice (unfortunately) but after reading The Thief Lord I almost feel that I have. The description of the city is thorough, and I can just imagine the kids running through the streets and into the movie theater, and all of the boats around it.

9. Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Just another one of those fun, quirky type of settings that's interesting to read about and discover. I love all of the twists on reality that Carroll brings to the (tea) party.

10. Paris, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
While this had a tourist-y feel to it, it's appropriate since Anna essentially is a tourist in this town. But Perkins describes a lot more of Paris than just the sight-seeing locations. They're really beautiful descriptions, and makes me want to go to Paris even more.


  1. All wonderful setting indeed. My favorite though is the Moors. I love the sound of the wind as it whips around the moors and the whispering grass.

  2. I agree regardig J K Rowling. She did an excellent job of taking the mundane and making it magical so that it was easy to relate to.

  3. I agree with J.K. Rowling and I would love to walk into my wardrobe and find myself in Narnia! I would also have to add that Lord of the Rings is an amazing place too! ;) Definitely would be my favorite place to go. :)

  4. I love Avonlea - delightful setting.
    As was Paris with Anna ;D

  5. Great choices! Many of my faves are on here (Avonlea, the Moors, Narnia...)

  6. Of course, I adored Hogwarts. Another novel I've recently read wherein the setting is truly gorgeous is DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor, set in Prague. It feels utterly European.

  7. Saying hello from the campaign! I'm not in your group, but you looked so sweet in your profile picture that I just had to say hello. :) Nice to *meet* you! :D

  8. You have a good taste in setting, and you're especially right about the J.K. Rowling touch.

  9. I also agree J.K.Rowling did a fine job but i'll take Paris any day.

  10. What a fabulous list! This would make a terrific blogfest theme especially narrowed down to a specific genre. Great post :O)

  11. I totally agree with your #1 and #10!

  12. I love hogwarts and narnia. Maybe its because they are childlike and when I need to escape reality for a few minutes, the magical places seem to be more like returning home, to childhood. ♥