What About Settings?

Okay, I’ll admit to being guilty of this, too. Like many readers I know, I tend to talk about settings in terms of what I don’t want to see or what I am tired of seeing. However, I’m curious now to see what people DO want to read. From time to time, we talk historical settings and some folks defend their love of the Regency while some of us wish we could have opportunities to see a little more of the world.

The little poll below is by no means a giant comprehensive list of settings, but there are some ideas to get you started. Just vote and tell us what settings interest you most, and if what you most want to read isn’t on there, comment and tell us what it is. Chances are someone else out there wants to read it, too!

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Independence Day

DC4th For our American readers and AAR folks, yesterday was Independence Day and many of us are enjoying the day off today. As always around this time of year, I find myself thinking about Revolutionary War history and realizing that I haven’t read much fiction set during this time period. For such a time of new beginnings and hopefulness, it would seem to be the perfect setting for a romance. It’s a shame more authors don’t use it.

Over email, other folks at AAR and I got to discussing our favorite colonial and American Revolution-set novels. Though few of us had not read much set during these time periods, most of us both in the USA and overseas had particular favorites we remember warmly. It would appear that while we may not find many books with these settings, the ones we do find stand out.

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Setting the Mood

muhldorf castle So, what about a setting makes it feel romantic? We tend to complain about settings being too wallpapery (the 21st Century Regency) or too cliched (every small town in possession of a fetching heroine must be in want of a sheriff’s attentions to her), but what makes settings great?

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Familiar Territory

I’m sometimes sad I will in all likelihood never see a romance set in my hometown. The publishing market in Germany being what it is, there are not many German-set romances printed at all, and those that are tend to be chick lit books set in cool places like Munich or Hamburg or on Sylt. The only novel I have come across that set in the area where I live is a historical novel set during the period when they were burning witches, and I have no wish to read about that. There are a couple of mysteries set in the town I was born in, and I remember the fun I had, while reading them, tracking the detective’s steps and comparing my own vision with that presented in the book.

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