Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Settings I’d Like to See More Of(Or At All)

Posted January 21, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 27 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

I love Tuesdays! Why? Well, partially because it’s an easier class day for me, but also because I get to once again write a list, thanks to The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Settings I’d Like to See More Of(Or At All). This was quite a challenging topic for me, but here’s what I came up with:

1. More Dystopias Set in the Near Future

I love Dystopias, but so many of them are set in the far, distant future. I’d really like to see more that are set in the 2030’s or 2040’s–a time period I could reasonably see in my life time, aka Twenty Minutes into the Future. When Dystopias are set so far into the future, it’s hard to see the course of action that would take society to a broken place, but a realistic Dystopia set twenty or thirty years in the future would be really interesting and scary, which is why 1984 was so terrifying at the time it was written. I’d like to see more of that, especially in young adult fiction.

2. More Stories Set in the Afterlife

Yes, there has been a few books like this written recently, mainly Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans comes to mind, but it’s still not a concept explored very much, and I ask “why?” You can make the afterlife anything. You can create an afterlife setting based on religious beliefs. You can create an afterlife setting based on subverting religious beliefs. You can create an afterlife setting that’s totally doesn’t have to rely on the rules of the universe. Bring in an afterlife where gravity’s a non-issue, even. The world is your playground here, authors.

3. More Reinterpretations of Myths, Fairy tales, etc.

There are some of these, my favorite being Cinder, but I think the book world could use a lot more reinterpretations, especially of myths. I’d love to see the basic plot of a Greek tragedy retold in the contemporary world. I know Percy Jackson does this some, but I’m talking more about completing reinterpreting mythology than setting it present day, etc.

4. More Time Travel

OK, this isn’t really a setting, but it’s more the scope of settings that are possible. I’m not one for most really straight science fiction. I prefer science fiction lite or other genres with just a bit of sci-fi thrown in, but who doesn’t love reading a book with time travel? Specifically, I’d like to see this in the young adult genre. Children to middle school gets books like the Magic Treehouse series(which I love), and I’ve heard some adult time travel books, but I can’t really recall any for young adult. If you know of any, let me know!


5. Anywhere on the African Continent

the Americas, Europe, and Asia are all fairly well-represented in literature, but it seems hard to find books set in Africa that have Africa as a setting, not a focus. I’d love to see a book set on the African Continent where the setting plays a relevant, but secondary, role to a good story. You have the Sahara desert and pyramids here, just to start, so the possibilities abound.


6. Castles

I love castles. You know what I would really love? To see a story that takes place completely in a castle. None of the main characters ever leave. This could be a mystery, a drama, or anything–I’m not picky. I’d just like to see a story that really explores its setting.

7. Stories in Space Where the Focus is Not Space Travel

Stories that are set in space, maybe on the moon or a planet, but the focus isn’t actually space travel. I like this idea after reading The Knife of Never Letting Go. In the story, there are still colonial expeditions to the planetary world, but it’s not the whole plot of the story, just in part. I’d like to see books where space colonies have already been established.

8. The Ocean

As in, underneath it/on the bottom/just in it. Stories that take place in a submarine would be a good first step. Maybe in the distant future instead of space colonies we have oceanic colonies. Or, the main characters could be mermaids or other humanoid sea beings. I just think it would make for an unique setting.


9. More Gilmore Girls-esque towns

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but I love the Gilmore Girls. It’s one of my favorite shows ever and I have all seven seasons on DVD. The town of the main characters, Stars Hallow, is filled with quirky characters, and it’s one of the reasons I love the show. I’d love to see more towns like Stars Hallow in books–I like the quirky.

10. A College Setting Without Romance

I know this setting has really been gaining popularity with the whole “new adult” genre, but I’d really like to see a story set in a college setting where romance doesn’t really play a huge role, since I haven’t really seen it yet. I’d also love to see a book set in the year directly following college, since that’s what I’m looking towards right now. It would be nice to have fictional characters I could relate to in that way.


Despite the struggle it took me to come up with this lists, I really enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! I’d love to know if you know of any books with these settings that I’m craving, so feel free to leave suggestions in the comment section.


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27 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Settings I’d Like to See More Of(Or At All)

    • I saw the first six seasons year ago and got the box sets for Christmas, but I avoided the 7th second just because I couldn’t handle an ending until this year. Saw the 7th season in December and BAWLED at the last episode. The emotional attachment I have towards the show is probably unhealthy, but I’ll happily embrace it!

    • I’ll have to check those out–just realized that Gabrielle Zevin wrote the Because it is My Blood and Elsewhere, which is one of the few afterlife novels I’ve read and really liked, so now I’m even more intrigued.

  1. “Both Sides of Time” (The first in the Time Traveler’s Series) is a good YA time traveling Series. I read them my freshman year of high school if I remember correctly. It’s been awhile. Haha. They are by Caroline B. Cooney. She’s an awesome author. The series has 3 books.

    Oh, and Alyson Noel writes about afterlife and things like that. She is a YA author if I remember correctly. 🙂

  2. All of these! I LOVE Percy Jackson, Magic Treehouse, Time travel, college life! This is an amazing list! I was thinking about dystopias in the near future as well. Read Amped. It’s adult fiction set in the near future as well and a really entertaining read. I agree, too much space travel, not enough space settlement! Haha I love the idea of aliens and other planets. LOVE Star Wars. Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    • I actually haven’t read Percy Jackson yet, but I love the idea, and I want more myths! I just read the Amazon summary for Amped & it sounds really interesting–adding to wishlist now! Have you read the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness? I’ve only read The Knife of Never Letting Go, but it takes place mainly on a space settlement. Space travel has a bit to do with the story, mainly the backstory, but for the most part space settlement is much more prominent.

      • I think I started it, but couldn’t finish it. It was awhile ago and I probably had a lot of other books on the go. Percy Jackson just blows my mind. The way Rick Riordan uses the myths and legends is phenomenal. He doesn’t use the stereotypical aspects of Greek myths but really goes deep and fleshes them out. So good. Enjoy Amped! It’s an interesting read and a really cool concept.

  3. Good point that we haven’t seen too many non-romantic college settings. And agreed that dystopias set in the near future are ripe with possibilities. Afterlife made my list too! Hope we see more of these settings.

    • I’ve only read two novels set in the afterlife– Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans and a book I read a long time ago called Elsewhere. They both had really different takes on the afterlife, and I enjoyed them both. Really hope to see more afterlife stories in the next few years.

  4. I think more stories set in the afterlife and more retellings would be amazing! I find both very intriguing and I’d love to see more of them 🙂 And TIME TRAVEL! YES!

  5. Ula @ Blog of Erised

    A College Setting Without Romance would definitely be for me, I don’t read college books exclusively because of love scenes.
    Time travel is also great, need to read that more. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. LillyLilac

    Great list. I’d love to read more stories with time travel, castles, Gilmore Girls-like towns and stories in space but not about traveling in space as well.

  7. Bree

    Great list…I also had university (though I’m OK with romance, lol)…but Gilmore GIrl-esque towns would be amazing…I used to *love* that show!

    Bree 🙂
    My Top Ten @ Coffee Bean Bookshelf

    • Gilmore Girls make my list of top 5 Favorite shows EVER easily. Before I went to college, I watched the episode of Rory’s first day at Yale over and over again to calm my nerves. Now that I’m a senior, I like watching the episode in season 7 where she freaks out about her future, because I relate so well!

      I have to admit that some of the books set at universities with romance look pretty good, and I definitely think I’d like some of them–I’d just like to see a book where the girl doesn’t meet her future husband in college, because my college experience has been more about 2 AM store runs and coffee binges.

  8. Love Gilmore Girls, so definitely agree with that one.

    Okay as for college/year after college. Try Charity Shumway’s Ten Girls to Watch. I really liked it. And it is definitely not a romance. It’s set the year after college and I was surprised by how much I loved it.

    I definitely agree with castles, time travel, and retellings of fairy tales. I can never get enough of those.

    Here’s mine

    ~Danica Page
    Taking it One Page at a Time

    • Looked up your recommendation on Amazon and OK, Yes! I love the book a little already and I haven’t even clicked the “see inside” feature yet. And as a professional writing major, the fact that the MC seems to be a writer appeals to me greatly.

      Oh, and looked, a used copy for 10 cents. Don’t mind if I do.

  9. Rory O'Connor

    Gilmore Girls! I loved that show. It would be awesome to see books set in a town like that and I’d love to see the wit an dialogue replicated as well.

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