Location, Location

Friday, September 25, 2009

If you haven't already heard, I have an upcoming trip to New York City that I am soooo super excited about!! (And trust me, you will hear about it more, hehe). I have adored the thought of NYC my entire life and out of the whole world it has been the number one place I've wanted to go, lol. Some people may think I have small aspirations, but well, it is what it is. So, of course, recently I've only wanted to do, think, see, read, etc. all things NYC. Any book that takes place in the city and has descriptions of it is something I want to read. But another area I like to read about is Washington DC. I went there a couple years ago and fell in love with the hustle and bustle of that city (so imagine my excitement then for NYC!) as well as the significance of that city. A lot of the DC locations are mystery/thrillers or legal thrillers etc. that take place near the white house, and those are fun too.

I've noticed, however, that so very many books take place in the coastal areas off of Maine/Cape Cod and all those areas. For whatever reason, those settings tend to bore me. I enjoy the beach scene but only in tropical areas like Florida (where I live) or Hawaii, etc. If I read the synopsis for a book and it takes place in one of those northern coastal areas it automatically turns me off. Not to say I won't enjoy the book but that's a negative factor for me. At the same time, I realize others LOVE that location!

So what do YOU think? Do you have certain settings you like and ones you don't?

What have you read that takes place where you live? I don't know that I've ever read one that takes place in Orlando. The only Florida ones I've looked at have taken place in the more rural areas and those also do not interest me at all.

13 comments:

thetruebookaddict said...

Lucky, lucky you! I hope you have fun...in fact, I know you'll have fun!

I love to read about European locales, especially historical places. My dream is to visit Europe (England, France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, etc). I also want to visit Egypt because I've always been fascinated by Egyptian culture. Guess I better get over my fear of flying, huh?

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks takes place in Civil War era Franklin, Tennessee which is near Nashville. I have not finished it, but that is the only book I've ever (started) read set in or around Nashville.

Great post!

Amanda said...

I love NYC!!! I went there for the first time in 2007 and ended up going twice. I hope to go to BEA there in May. It's been too long since I've been there!

Sarbear said...

Oh my goodness, you are going to have so much fun there!
You are right -- there are a lot of movies that take place over there... I wonder if it's the romantic idea of the place.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I understand wanting to visit NYC! The closest I came was Boston, way back in the eighties.

My daughter and I want to visit NYC—for her, it's all about "Sex and the City"—but my draw is Greenwich Village!

As for Europe...Ireland is calling to me.

Julie said...

Oh how fun. I love NY and have wanted to go to boston for a while. I also have wanted to visit cape cod. sounds like a blast.

Jenny said...

michelle -- haha yeah, true unless you want to take a boat! I used to love flying and did so frequently but now it's been about 8 years (i think)... within the past 8 years i've become sort of an anxious person and i'm afraid once we get to the airport i'm going to get nervous. but maybe my past will kick in and i'll feel already familiar with it.

Amanda -- i've already started to drop hints here and there to hubby about going back in may for BEA lol!

sara -- i re-watched SATC the movie the other day and didn't realize how depressing that movie was and how little of the city it actually showed! BUT it did show the public library which I do plan on going to!

Laurel -- it's a lot about SATC for me too, lol, but there isn't a bit of manhattan i want to miss. i'm planning on going EVERYWHERE! I don't plan on sleeping or eating. ;)

Jenny said...

Julie -- I apparently know a lot of people from boston and they've def. made me want to go there too. i saw ny has tours that go there but it's a few hour drive I think so i'll save that for another time!

Jaime said...

Ooohhh I am so jealous! I have always wanted to live in the Boston area and be close to NYC! Have fun fun fun!

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

Have a great time in NY! I have never been there, but hope to go sometime soon. I have family nearby so I'm hoping to impose on them, LOL.

I love to read about far away places that I'm not likely to get to...

As for reading about locations close to you, I love Stephen White's Alan Gregory Series. It's set in Boulder, CO which is very close to where I grew up and actually the town where my mom works. I love seeing all the familiar locations show up in the books!

Jenny said...

Jaime -- Thanks! I'm sure I'll have lots of fun!!

Melissa -- Thanks! As for reading about familiar places, I agree that would be fun! I don't think I've read anything like that except for in books that take place in DC and of course I'm only as familiar with DC as I could get in a few days, hehe.

Allie ~ Hist-Fic Chick said...

Ah! You're coming to NYC! I just commented on your Sunday Salon post from today saying "have fun wherever you are off to..." - Sry, I haven't been checking blogs lately as I have been sick and not really on the computer very much! You are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE New York!! It is amazing, and I love living here. I've lived here my whole life (well, I grew up in the 'burbs about 40 min outside of the city, moved here when I came to college at FIT and stayed here since then), and as a kid I always used to come into the city and walk around SoHo and Greenwich Village - that is when I fell in love with the place and just KNEW I would live here as soon as I was old enough to move out of my parents' house! Sure enough, here I am! My boyfriend and I live uptown and we absolutely love it. You are not going to want to leave! And autumn in NYC is the perfect time to visit...crisp weather and beautiful fall days. You certainly can never get bored living here, as there is always something going on or something to do. Enjoy!!

Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books) said...

We are completely opposite! I LOVE Maine settings! I actually don't like NYC!! I've visited there a handful of times, but I'd never want to live there. For some reason, and it could have been the time of year, but the area we were at smelled like sewage and it was awful!! So now I just have that in my head!! I just didn't care for it.. I guess I'm a small-town girl at heart! LOL

Jenny said...

Jennifer, LOL that is too funny! I will admit the city has that sewage smell in some areas. =( But what I love is how there's always people out and about, always things to do... as much as I know those who live there hate times square, I think I would love to be somewhere where I know people will be up and awake at all hours and where the surrounding areas (even starbucks!) are open 24 hours. I'm definitely a ciety person, lol.

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