Top Ten Settings I’d Like To See More Of (Or At All)

Posted January 22, 2013 by Kara in Uncategorized / 28 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic: Ten Settings I’d Like To See More Of (Or At All) — (maybe you want read more books set in space or books set in Alaska or the beach).

You’re reading a book.  It is a good story, and it has you hooked. But you feel a certain punch of deja vu while reading it.  Haven’t you been here before? Oh, yes you have.  The setting is just like the other 50 books you have read before this one.

“It would be nice to have a change of scenery, please

This week, we look at settings that would shake up the literature world and add something new and exciting to the grand Book Universe.

  1. More Non-Cowboy Texas Storylines – Yes, we have cowboys.  But we also have some very rich culture as well.
  2. More Scandinavia – When people think European, the mind immediately settles on such countries such as Britain, Ireland or France.  I want to see something come out of Sweden or Norway that has nothing to do with sexed up murder mysteries.
  3. More Dystopias set outside of the USA – I am fairly certain that the center of recovery would not be in the United States – we won’t even approve of healthcare of dying citizens.
  4. More Asia – Japan is awesome! But there are other areas that are lacking in the fictional universe, such as Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, etc etc. Japan sounds romantic, but it has also been a bit redundant.
  5. More Culture-friendly Books – There is a huge span of races and possibilities out in the world, but the fictional universe seems to be stuck on Anglo culture. The market is growing, but not fast enough.  There are still about 5 to 7 books based on white culture for every 1 non-white inspired book (not actual facts, just guessing).
  6. More Mind-bending Fantasy – Fantasy is a great genre, and I would love to see some authors tackle a setting or certain cultures that really cause the reader to think, or adapt to the new way of thinking.
  7. More Genders – Wouldn’t it be great to see more books tackle the gender barrier by adding in new identities? I also hardly see anyone approach the transgender, pan-gender  or the asexual label in writing. I think it would be great to see someone take a dare and approach a world where the setting has a welcomed and diverse gender world-building approach.  This might be a stretch, but I just wanted to put it out there for future reference. 
  8. More Realistic Fiction – I just love realistic fiction, and I would like to see the market take a risk and try to produce something other than paranormal.  Paranormal is fun, but right now, there is a whole backlog of werewolves, vampires, ghosts, etc etc etc.
  9. More Canadian Stories – call it envy, but I love to read about my neighbors to the north.  I find stories set in Canada fascinating and quite enjoyable.
  10. More Vikings – You had to see that one coming.

How about you? Which trends would you like to see less of in your future reads?

28 responses to “Top Ten Settings I’d Like To See More Of (Or At All)

    • The Enemy by Charlie Higson. That entire series is set in the UK. And it’s fabulous. And Cinder and Scarlet are set outside the US, though the world is very different from ours. I am with you though. There are not enough.

  1. Amy

    I totally agree with this list. I would love to see more books in Asia, more dystopians not set in the US, and more books that push the gender barrier. Great list Lyn!!

  2. Oooh, yes! I agree about Texas. Everything Texas is all cowboys and rodeo and lone star state. I feel like Texas things could be less Texas, you know? I recently read a series set in Austin that wasn’t OMG I’M TEXAS. Alyssa Goodnight’s books, if you’re curious.

    Ah, I just read a book with an asexual heroine!

    Vikings: Julia Golding’s book known as either The Silver Sea or Wolf Cry.

    • Thank you! I love these recs!!

      The whole Texas thing gets so old after a while. We have an awesome bustling city life out here as well. And steak. Crap-ton of steak.

  3. Oh nice selection here! Being from Canada, I enjoyed seeing it featured…and wintery stories are amazing imo! I also agree that I’d love to see more Asia, more Mindbending Fantasy, more culture friendly books & more genders! Great answers all around 😀

  4. I agree with each of these!! Awesome post hun!!! #5 is one that always annoys the hell out of me …authors seem to completely forget there are other races out there. I want to read a book with some gorgeous carmal or dark skinned gals and guys lol (:

    Haley @ YA-Aholic

  5. Oh these are great ones! My favorite is the last one, Vikings! I have read a few Viking books and I do love them, but I can only hope that more people will write about them so that I can read more.

  6. Yes! Why must all books in Texas be about cowboys? It would be great to see some diversity! And I totally agree with the dystopians set OUTSIDE of the US. There are just too many of them that revolve around the states! And yay for Canada! I’ve read a few stories set in Canada and they’re fun reads. 🙂 In fact, I read one that was set not too far from me, in a place I’ve actually been! I love it when I know the place a writer is writing about.

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