TTT: Settings I'd like to see more of





This weeks TTT (hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl) is focused on settings you'd like to see more of (or at all) and it looked like a fun one. I've gone quite broad with this one but its got me thinking!


University



I love Circle of Friends and I want to try Fangirl, but I do wonder why there are so many books about high school, and so few about university? J.K Rowling (and before her, legions of authors writing about posh English kids) discovered that boarding schools totally work as a concept - no parents in the way for a start - and children inhale those books. University's the same except your characters are (just) adults and they have a lot of freedom and free time.



Liverpool



I just wish we got more books set in the North in general but the city on my doorstep is still my favourite in the world, and we need more books set here! And not just those historical weepies about un-married pregnant girls trying to keep out of the workhouse. Something modern, and fun.



Scotland, Wales, Ireland
(Historical and modern)



I always think the Celtic nations need more recognition in fiction. Everyone loves Outlander but we could still use more Scottish historical novels. And I loved Eleanor Oliphant and Fox Girl and the White Gazelle as modern examples! I liked How Green was my Valley and Sharon Penman's Welsh trilogy and but aside from those I've barely seen Wales mentioned in a book. And of course you've got your Maeve Binchys and your Celia Aherns, but I'd like to see more of Ireland too - especially historical fiction. And then there's Cornwall and the Isle of Man too I suppose. And Brittany!  


1960s



The 60's is a fun setting because it almost feels like the start of the modern age - with TV and teenagers and decent music and mini-skirts  (and my parents were born.) It was a time of social change. It's definitely an interesting time period and I love the clothes.



Roman Empire



I loved Roman Mysteries and The Eagle of the Ninth as a teen, and those Falco mysteries (like hard-bolied detective stories set in Ancient Rome) look fun. But the Roman Empire was huge! Where's all the historical fiction set in Gaul and Germania and Britannia and Greece? And Egypt and Alexandria and all those places. I'm sure there's lots of it, but there's a wealth to be explored there.




Working-Class adult/ new adult 
chick-lit



I've not read a lot of new adult, but all the adult chick lit I've dipped into seems to be about big city career girls or middle-class women with the kind of lives and problems that aren't necessarily that relate-able to young people from more ordinary backgrounds - especially those just out of school or uni with no career yet to speak of. Where're the Bridget Jones's who work in shops or care-homes or hospitality? And I mean fun, chick-lit - not 'gritty' issue books. I liked Love, Rosie - and Me Before You had a go, even if it came across kind of patronising.




Prohibition USA



Bit of a weird one because I hated Gatsby. But I once had an idea to write a Twelve Dancing Princesses re-telling about the chorus girls in a speakeasy - someone gets murdered and the police inspector is like the soldier from the fairy-tale investigating the mystery. Then I realised that crime writing sounds too much like hard work. I'd read it though!




Modern day
 - but not the UK or the US



I just finished My Sister the Serial Killer and loved it - but one of the things that made it interesting was the setting (Nigeria). The author, Oyinkan Braithwaite, created the world so well and the book just felt really fresh for being set somewhere different. 


TV/ film/ theatre world




One of my favourite books is Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, which I partly love because there's loads of stuff about writing, and collaborative writing, and TV! I'd definitely read more books about that world. It's all the behind the scenes sort of stuff that I find really interesting. I loved The Hour (TV thriller set around a 1960's news programme) and that Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare retold (TV rom-com set in a news room) and Smash! (series set around the creation of a new musical) and would definitely read books with similar settings. 



In a school 
- but about the teachers



Have there been any books like this? There must have been! Like school stories but about the teachers, all their romances and friendships and cliques.



What settings would you like to see more of?



Comments

  1. This is such a good list! Yes, I'd love to see more working-class adults in contemporary fiction, and a school setting about the teachers would be so refreshing. I'd love to read more books set during the Prohibition era, too, and yes to Liverpool and Wales and Ireland and Scotland... basically yes to your entire list.

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    1. Haha thanks, i was like that with yours too. I need to find out if the teachers one has been done before!

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  2. Yes, the Prohibition era would be a very interesting one to read about.

    My TTT.

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    1. I'm always surprised it's not done more!

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  3. Nice list! I'd like to read more about the Roman Empire, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. They all sound interesting. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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  4. Great Picks. I always want more Scotland, Ireland, and Wales books. I haven't read but a handful and those historical romances. I would love a book set around the film world. 1920s is a favorite era of mine.

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    1. A 1920's film-world book would be a great combination! Thanks :)

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  5. I agree- where are all the university books? There should be a ton! :) And I would love to see more of the Celtic locations as well. Wales definitely, and Scotland. Brittany too.

    Gaul and Germania *nods* I would be all for books set in the Roman period, and the conflict between the Romans and the old traditions- I love stuff like that.

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    1. There's so much to cover with the Romans I think, same, the clash of traditions would be really interesting!

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  6. I have seen a few of these today, and not the obvious ones. As a former teacher, I delight in reading books from the teacher's POV. I laughed so much reading Teach Me by Olivia Dade, because their observations of the non-teaching side of teaching were dead-on

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    1. Will have to look out for that one! It's always good reading about a world you know well, as long as they get it right

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  7. Scotland is on my list today. I considered putting Wales and Ireland on it, too, but I didn't want to abuse the U.K. Ha ha. I should have just put them all in one since I love books about those countries. Especially mysteries.

    Happy TTT!

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    1. Scotland's definitely a good mystery setting!

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  8. I really like your list, and we have a lot of settings in common that we like. I am a teacher, and a writer, so maybe I should get to writing a book about school from a teacher's perspective!

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  9. Thanks :) and yeah you should! And send me a complimentary copy when its a bestseller!

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  10. Definitely more Prohibition era for me too!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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