Fun Friday Facts Question

This week’s question.

You are probably often asked what would be your favorite setting for story.Ā  Let’s go a little different…what is one setting that you would absolutely NEVER set a story? Why?

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7 Comments

  1. I would never set a story in the Middle East. There are so many problems out there right now. There are a lot of issues and conflicts that would make writing a story very difficult.I don’t think that I have the patience or the sensitivity to set a story there.
    Plus, there is also the issue of gay rights over there. Showing homosexuality is a crime punishable by severe injury or death. I like stories with happy endings. There are no happy endings there. I think that the stories I write best suit people in the USA or similar countries where there is hope for the future of gay rights.

  2. Fascinating question. šŸ™‚ I have learned to “never say never” because I can never say what’s going to inspire me tomorrow; it seems like every time I think “Oh wow, I would never write that!”, I end up finding an angle on it that makes it interesting to me.

    The only thing I can think of, off the top of my head, is that I’m unlikely to write anything set in upper-class Georgian/Victorian England simply because it’s so overdone, and the general social setting is one that I find stultifying to even imagine living in. (I can imagine myself writing something set in an oppressive or socially non-mobile society — it’s not necessarily a turnoff by itself — but with all the other ones to choose from, I don’t really want to pick one that’s been so thoroughly mined by generations of writers.) But, you know, maybe tomorrow I’ll have an idea that will make me go, “Oh wow, that WOULD be interesting after all!” So you never know.

  3. I agree with Layla–it’s bad ju-ju to say “i’ll never do ___” Unless you *want* to, say, write a Regency. šŸ™‚

    But even so i doubt i’d ever set a story in New York City. It’s been done and by better writers. If i were to write that book it would definitely be a “fish out of water” story, because i’m a west coaster to the core: I don’t care if we don’t get “real weather” and crowds make me itch. šŸ™‚

    Cool question, Brynn!

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