Would you like to read books set somewhere other than North America? If so, where? Why? (The Book Wars topic though I reckon BrokeandBookish have done the same topic or a variation of it some time in the past.)
I am going to be totally unimaginative and pick the places I have a. lived at/visited or b. would like to visit:
- Hyderabad, India: My hometown. An absolutely crazy city that (I hear) is only getting crazier. I would love for an urban fantasy to be set there. I would love to go back and see my city transformed by new stories. I expect lots of mentions of yummy things to eat. You know- adventure, romance, running for your life, some more romance, and lots of spicy, fried idlis!
- Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia: A small industrial city. I only knew what it was like to live in a gated community, and consequently, I lived in a kind of bubble. I missed a lot of socio-cultural details that I otherwise would have picked up as an adult who can think for herself. I think it would be difficult to write a story set here, but hey, someone’s gotta start somewhere. Just know that I’d read it.
- Singapore: It would be the most fun urban fantasy (sorry, I am obsessed with the genre) for me to follow because it is the city I most remember, having lived there more recently. Once more, I want a lot of foody mentions. I was a picky eater back then, and there’s nothing like a good novel to convince me to go back and try new things.
- Bali, Indonesia: I wanna go baaaack! I mean, I stayed in the town of Ubud for, like, three days but I wanna see the misty lakes again and the mountains and the Kecak drama and ugh, I just want to see more. I want someone to write an urban fantasy set in this amazing province of Indonesia and I want it to go off the tourist-y routes.
- Anywhere in Peru: I’ve never been to Peru, but I want to. I also want a fantasy where the POC protagonist doesn’t have to spend it trapped in a llama’s body. I mean, The Emperor’s New Groove is one of my faves, but writers can do so much better! (For the record, I would still want llamas to be part of the story. They are grumpy and furry and totally adorbs.)
- Istandbul, Turkey. It’s got a very cool vibe when you enter the city and there is so much rich history there that I think it could be a sensational setting for any kind of genre – it need not be Historical or realistic – but fantasy and mythic. This is where Troy used to be my friends, the greatest story ever told! Let’s get some more stories from and about this place.
- Rome, Italy. I love Rome, it’s such a wonderful city so full of visual wonders and amazing food and people and atmosphere. I want there to be books set here that aren’t Romances or Dan Brown-esque mysteries (NOT Twilight either!). I think this city has some real magic, I want to see it.
- Madagascar. Ok, I know that’s a pretty big place but I’d love to see what Madagascar is really like. I mean, I doubt it’s got Lions (who sound suspiciously white) talking with Zebras and Penguins and Giraffes. I want to know what it really feels like to be there.
- Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s dreary, it’s all made of stone, it’s green but it’s cold and it’s craggy, difficult terrain where only goats like to live. There are so many red-heads in fantasy and fiction without any justification – setting your story in the difficult but breathtaking Scottish city and/or landscape sounds just phenomenal. Again, I don’t want a historical retelling of Braveheart or anything, just a story.
- The Arctic and The Antarctic. I have read books set in these places and they are so captivating! I love these settings and how the void of the landscape really comes to life and brings the characters to the brink. Fantasy or otherwise, I like this extreme setting in books.
I love reading stories set in other countries, and haven’t read quite enough of them lately. Any recommendations gladly accepted.
- South America. Pretty broad area, I know. I recall only one novel set there (lots of action; I borrowed it from my dad, who bought it to while away a long flight), which means I’ve read as many stories set in Antarctica as in South America. Considering their respective populations, this is beyond odd.
- Greece. I’d like stories about (mostly) normal Greek people, both historical and present day. (*Mostly* normal because really, who is entirely normal? No one I know!) The Greek gods and famous philosophers hog all the limelight, and the glimpses I saw of day-to-day life during a brief stay there left me wistful for more.
- The Middle East and South East/Asia. Especially India, Jordan, and Afghanistan. Especially India. And not just problem novels, or look-how-terrible-these-conditions-are-but-our-protagonist-will-overcome stories, but nice, (mostly) normal adventure tales with nice (mostly) normal Indian people.
- Africa. Again, rather a large land mass. What I have read set on this continent is fascinating (and there are fabulous folktales), but fiction set in Africa seems few and far between.
- New Zealand. I’ve heard that the landscape is breathtaking. And while most places (certainly everywhere I’ve been or seen photos of) have some magic that lifts the soul, New Zealand’s outdoors are said to be especially lush and extraordinary.