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Top Ten Books that wouldn’t be the same without their settings August 13, 2013

Filed under: Top Ten Tuesdays — dianatierney3 @ 12:49 pm


There are some stories that can’t be separated from their locations. The setting for the book is as much a part of the story as the characters themselves and in many cases the setting is what makes the story. So this Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books that wouldn’t be the same without their setting.

1. Austenland. The story of a Jane Austen obsessed woman who travels to a country estate to live out her Jane Austen fantasies.
2. The Parasol Protectorate Series. You most certainly couldn’t have vampires and werewolves battling it out in 20th century Arizona. This story could never be the same without it’s location of Victorian Foggy London.
3. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I don’t think that the story of the occupation of the island of Guernsey off the coast of England was all that unique during WWII. However, the story of the people and the literary society that they formed would not be the same in any other place and time.
4. Outlander. When Claire comes crashing in to 18th century Scotland it set the tone, the warring clans, the mystery of the highlands makes this book what it is. It’s the foundation for everything` within the storyline.
5. The Color Purple. The story of two sisters as told through letters, one in the jim crow era south just could not be the same if it was placed in another place or perhaps time.
6. The Grapes of Wrath, the story of a family escaping the dust bowl and trying to find a life in California belongs to that setting.
7. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Steam punk under water colonies, crazy sea monsters a la 20,000 leagues under the sea. Need I say more?
8. The Rum Diary, the drunken exploits of a couple of guys in the Caribbean makes this book what it is.
9. The Forgotten Garden a mysterious cottage, family secrets, a lonely manor on a Cornwall Cliffside. It’s a mysterious setting that just adds to the feeling of the story.
10. The Harry Potter Series. Come on, Hogwarts castle, England and a Daigon alley, you can’t take this story out of the English wizarding world for a million dollars.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. If you want to play along, post a link on their site to your blog and then post a link them from your blog.


3 Responses to “Top Ten Books that wouldn’t be the same without their settings”

  1. ChrissiReads Says:

    I love how you’ve tackled this week’s list. 😀 Very different!

  2. Lisa Says:

    Great approach to the topic! I agree, it’s the settings that make some of these so memorable! (Laughing over images of the Parasol Protectorate in modern day Arizona…) Are you planning to see the Austenland movie? It looks like a lot of fun!

  3. dianatierney3 Says:

    Thank you both! yes, I can’t wait to see the Austenland movie, it has a great cast and it’s how I found out about the book.

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