Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is book settings I’d love to visit. I feel like I’ve blogged about that before, so I’m shuffling the topic around a bit. Here are some cool places where more books need to be set.
Places That Should Be Book Settings
1. Croatia. I really want to visit Croatia someday. I think it’s a beautiful country. But, when I tell people I want to see Croatia, they say, “Where? Don’t you mean Asia?” No. I don’t mean Asia. This is why we need more books set in Croatia. (And better geography classes.)
2. Antarctica. Another place I want to visit. It's the most interesting and mysterious continent on Earth. I’ve read quite a few Antarctica books, but I’m always ready for more.
3. One of those places where the ground is on fire. Have you heard of Centralia, Pennsylvania? In 1962, a coal seam under the town started on fire, and it’s still burning today. Centralia is a smoky ghost town now. If you don’t watch your step, you can fall through the ground and into a fiery pit of death. Isn’t there also an underground coal fire that’s been burning in Australia for 6000 years? Burning Mountain? Is that what it’s called? (Refer back to what I said about needing better geography classes.)
4. The boring part of Colorado. I’ve done so many reading challenges where one of the tasks was read a book set in your hometown. There are no books set in my hometown! (No books that I want to read, anyway.) There are books set in Colorado (like The Shining), but they’re mostly set in the mountains. I live on the plains. The closest a book has come to my hometown is The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. I know there are some cowboy romances set around here, but I'm not going to read a cowboy romance. (Sorry cowboy lovers.)
5. Islands that are truly deserted. Like, a barren rock sticking out of the ocean.
6. Places with lesser-known wars. How many WWII books do we have? A billion? What about the wars that get overlooked? What about wars that happened a really long time ago? There have been a lot of wars, people!
7. Abandoned ancient cities. Do you know how many ancient cities are buried in jungles around the world? I don’t think anybody knows. A lot of them haven’t been excavated yet because they’re hard to reach. They’re just sitting there, waiting for someone to explore them. I want to read about the explorers.
8. Ancient cities before they were abandoned. Why were the cities abandoned in the first place? Where is all the fiction about ancient civilizations?
9. Earth before there were cities. We need more Neanderthal books. I’ve said that before, and I’ll keep saying it until we get more Neanderthal books.
10. The bowels of the Internet. The Internet can be a dark, strange, disgusting place. There is a lot of potential for Internet-based horror stories.
What place do you think should be a book setting?