Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Does the setting of the novel have any effect on your opinion of book? The reason I ask is because, a couple of weeks ago, I started reading a book. However, within the first few pages, I learned the book took place in NYC, so I immediately decided that I didn't want to read it. I've read books in NYC, but the feel that NYC gives is not my favorite. I don't really know how to explain it.

On broader terms, you could compare a rural setting vs. an urban setting. Or if you want to go even broader, you could compare the feel various countries give a novel. Granted, some of that is contingent upon the author, who is likely to be writing the story in his or her home country.

So, how does setting affect your take on a novel?


  1. I get what you're saying. Personally setting doesn't affect me unless I can't feel the story there. I love NYC so I'll read anything with that setting almost automatically. And it might even sway me to liking the book a little more (like The Mortal Instruments first book, for instance). If I can't feel the place, I'm not going to like the setting, regardless of where it is. The same applies to the adverse.

  2. I can understand your reluctance to read things set in NYC - I actually live here and sometimes I don't really want to read about where I live over and over. But there are many that I do love set here.

    On the other side of things, it drives me batty when an author isn't specific about where the story is taking place. I mean, I get it for futuristic stuff. But when it's realistic fic, I really like to know where I'm reading about.

    Sometimes I think the location of the book is as much a character as the characters themselves. I hope that makes sense. I just think it's really important to have a specific setting in mind. :)