First of all, congratulations to Annabelle H (_annabelleh_) for being the lucky winner of the Wither/Fever Lauren DeStefano giveaway! If you would e-mail me your postal address (mcculloch[dot]amy[at]gmail[dot]com), I’ll get the books out to you straight away.
Over on the Lucky 13s blog, there’s been a lot of chatter about settings and world-buildings, from California (the setting of The Wig in the Window by Kristin Kittscher) to London (and beyond) in 1894 (the many fascinating settings of The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd). This is by far one of my favourite aspects of both writing and reading novels. A good setting can add so much to a story, almost becoming a character in and of itself.
The same works for movies and TV shows too. These are some of my favourite TV show settings:
It was a show full of sexy castaways, but there’s no denying that the island was the main star of Lost. Even when Lost lost its plot (and a few of those castaways), the mysteries of the island kept people hooked. And who wouldn’t want to be stuck on a deserted island like that? (without the creepy smoke monsters, of course!)
Good Morning Baltimore, every day’s like an open door! Oops, wrong show… Still, what would The Wire be without Baltimore? The accents, the streets, the political tension – yes, it’s far from a complete picture of the city, but it certainly makes for great television viewing.
Sex and the City
The show was basically a love letter to New York City. Could characters like Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte really exist anywhere else? Each one of them is New York through and through. I think Sex and the City 2: Abu Dhabi (itself a gorgeous and exotic city) proves that in this case, New York is the only way, baby.
Game of Thrones
Yeah, I’m not going to be able to get away with writing this post without mentioning the best setting on television at the moment: Westeros. As a fantasy writer, George has been able to borrow from all cultures all over the world to create the lush, bleak, desolate, stormy lands that make up Westeros. And HBO are taking full advantage: this year, the show filmed in locations as varied as Croatia and Iceland (among others!) to get the perfect setting.