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.
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.