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22 June 2011

So Many Places To Go

Your hostess for this clash is Gail Pallotta

How relaxing to sit on a beach and watch the waves roll onto shore. No, maybe to plop down in a rocking chair and overlook distant mountains. 

 How about a day shopping in Paris? Oh yeah, that’d be nice. It might be fun to browse at an open market on a Caribbean Island or go to a Luau in Hawaii. What about walking where our ancestors walked? Find out more about ourselves. Or better yet, walk where Jesus walked. 

Even the most seasoned traveler can find new places to go. Thanks to all the writers who transport us to sites we’ve never seen or show us something different at the ones we have. We hear so much about a book’s plot and characters and rightly so, but the characters need to live in interesting surroundings.

 If a writer’s plotting a scuba diving expedition, the diver needs to see clear water, coral reefs and exotic fish and know all about boats and dive equipment. If a character is in the kitchen cooking grits while looking out a window at blue tinted mountains, that person’s in the south in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A character walking on a crowded street surrounded by high rise buildings with Times Square in the distance is in New York City. The setting also can make characters seem real when they smell newly mowed grass, watch a sunset, listen to the wind howl or feel the onset of a sudden shower.

It’s fun to sit back in a favorite easy chair or curl up on the sofa with a cup of coffee or tea with visions of new places to go and read until the heart’s content. If the character in the novel sees something the reader’s never seen, that’s traveling by book. Come away with the authors on this Clash.

But first, do you have a favorite setting for a novel? The Civil War? The beach? Paris? Do share!

Make sure you read the excerpts here and vote. The polls close tomorrow night.
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April Gardner said... Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Great post! Lately, I've been drawn to settings from long ago. Medieval, renaissance, roman or greek, viking. Always historical. :-) I always enjoy a book set in the mountains. There's something indomitable and fierce about then that makes for some great tension!

Gail Pallotta said... Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Hi April,
I know what you're saying about the mountains. They look so majestic and immovable.

Joanne Sher said... Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

I don't really have a favorite setting for a novel--I just love to be transported to wherever the book takes me. Nothing like visiting another place for a couple hours :)

Gail Pallotta said... Wednesday, 22 June, 2011

Hi Joanne,
I think so too, and when the book's a good one, I feel as though I'm right in the scenes.

Christine Lindsay said... Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Setting has always been as important a character to me as the living, breathing people. In some of the newer books out, I see less and less of setting. And while I agree that paragraph after paragraph of desription bog down the story, I do miss it if it's not there.

Gail Pallotta said... Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Hi Christine,
Thanks for stopping by. I certainly agree. Lots of interesting things can happen to characters in their settings. I think of an Alfred Hitchcock movie,
North by Northwest. The setting made it so much scarier, I think.

jennifer said... Thursday, 23 June, 2011

I'm not sure if I have a favorite setting or if I enjoy experience numerous settings. Right now I'm reading a historical romance, and I'm enjoying envisioning the town in my mind. I also enjoyed Dance of the Dandelion, published by Whitefire publishing. The author did such a wonderful job of creating an almost mythical setting, I truly felt like a princess surrounded by meadow flowers! A book I found particular intriguing was about a missionary couple ministering to the Dansi people. For me, it's not so much where the book is set as how it is set that draws me, if that makes sense.

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