We all have our favorite places. And, quite often, we want to see our favorite places in movies and or books. Sometimes I wonder if one of the reasons I like iZOMBiE so much is because it’s set in Seattle, and I know where all the places they mention are (Capitol Hill precinct? Yeah, I’ve been there. I have not, however, been to the morgue). And yet, for some reason, books tend not to be set in my favorite places, and I really have no idea why that is.
And so, I have compiled a list.
LOCATION #1: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
I mean, come on! We’re pretty awesome. Plus, there are all the little areas around Seattle that would be cool places to set books. Fremont. Ballard. Queen Anne. There’s even a cement troll under a bridge that’s like thirty feet tall or something (Google Fremont Troll, it should show up), and for a little while there was a rumor that there was an actual troll living in the cement troll, which is a good book idea (and now I might actually write it).
LOCATION #2: PORTLAND, OREGON
I love Portland. Mostly because of Powell’s (block long bookstore!), but it’s also a pretty cool city, and there are so few books set there, it’s kind of sad.
LOCATION #3: SUNRIVER, OREGON
Sunriver is really awesome, and, again, the perfect place to set a book. It’s this little town with a bunch of vacation rentals, bike trails everywhere, and this cute little town. It’s also high desert, there’s a river, and mountains and crazy amounts of snowfall in the winter. It’d be a very cute place to set a summer romance novel.
LOCATION #4: CHICO, CALIFORNIA
Chico is actually one of the smallest cities I have ever been too, and it has this very odd vibe too it: part hipster/artsy community, part suburb, part ranch country. I guess the ranch country is more Corning, but Chico is this very interesting place, and I can totally imagine some contemporary book about art and horses and possibly a road trip set there.
LOCATION #5: WHIDBEY ISLAND, WASHINGTON
The Edge of Nowhere doesn’t count, because it didn’t get the Whidbey vibe right at all. I’m still actually kind of offended how wrong they got Whidbey. But Langley is possibly my favorite place on Earth, and it’s like ten or something miles from the Ferry, and I just really want to see a book set in Langley that actually gets it right.
LOCATION #6: MAUI, HAWAII
For whatever reason, there aren’t a ton of YA books set in Hawaii, which is odd, since Hawaii, Maui especially, seems like a perfect place to set an urban fantasy novel.
AND, FINALLY, LOCATION #7: VANCOUVER, CANADA
I love the Vancouver bakeries. Like really, really love them. They’re all over the place and they’re mostly Parisian. Like, my top three places to get macarons are all in Vancouver or the surrounding area. Basically, I want a book set here that has lots and lots of food in it. (lots and lots).
So, blogglings! What are some places you wish were the settings for books? Are there any TV shows/movies/books that feature your hometown? If there are, do you feel like it’s an accurate portrayal, or did they get it all wrong?