Top Ten Tuesday (3): More Settings I Want to See

This week's top ten five is based on an essential element of all writing: the setting. Some of the settings that I would like to see more of in books, or simply in books period:

1. Ancient Egypt: Ah, the wonders of the ancient world! My favorite ancient civilization to talk about, I would love to see more about the lives of the average person (farmer, merchant, craftsman, etc.) rather than always turning to Cleopatra or other princesses as a source of inspiration.

2. Non-European-based fantasy setting: Fantasy is really restricted to European influences in both setting, people, and culture, leaving plenty of perfectly good groups of people out. I would love to see more fantasy with African, Asian, Native American, and Aboriginal Australian inspiration. Nickelodeon did just that with Avatar: The Last Airbender and the result was fantastic!

3. Dystopian after a failed revolution: I'm getting really specific here, but I really want to see someone take a broken down society that's tried to change but failed. You can't win 'em all.

4. Adirondack Mountains:  A beautiful setting that is a marvel of beautiful waterfalls, amazing flora and fauna, and small, hidden towns all along the way. Most of Adirondack-set books that I've come across focus on old murder mysteries set in the region and it's a little tiresome from a place that has so much more to offer.

5. Antarctica: Why not? The world's largest desert, meteorites, scientific facilities, and you'd be mistaken to think that everything is just ice all the time:

Photo by Mike White , from Mental Floss website


  1. You're right. I'd love more books set in the Adirondacks and Egypt. Both places have been woefully underused.

  2. I love how specific you were. Great list. I enjoyed it.

    Here's mine

    ~Danica Page
    Taking it One Page at a Time

  3. Antarctica would be a great setting! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/settings/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  4. I totally agree with number 3. that would we super interesting!

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    Manda C.
    My TTT: http://isolemnlyswearx.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-ten-tuesday-top-settings-id-like-to.html

  5. Antarctica would be a good one. I also like your Ancient Egypt choice!

    I loved your teaser Tuesday as well.

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    Kay @ It's a Book Life

  6. Avatar: The Last Airbender is the most genius show ever created. There are so many East-Central Asian influences that they tie into the series. It's so fresh and exciting, and I too, would love to see some more fantasy books that are influenced by more than European/American culture. Awesome list. My TTT :)

  7. I nominated you for the Liebster Award! :D Check it out: http://thebookbanner.blogspot.com/2013/01/liebster-blog-award.html


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