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I feel like the lovely prompts are triggering me to sing “My Favourite Things”, haha. But anyways, I am one happy human being as ever.
Today’s prompt focuses on our favourite literary settings. I was thinking of the different places that I want to go to, but I also want to showcase some of the settings that I love. I decided to be the middle man and show the places that I want to go to, and how it is somehow inspired by the setting of a certain book. Pre-warning that most of the places in this post are in Europe, and these places are very rich in history. I don’t know why, but that continent really fascinates me. Anyways, here are some of the real world settings that usually gets me sold on the book, makes me want to write one, and where I would be travelling to someday.
London – The UK has a ridiculously amazing culture and history that undoubtedly fascinates me. If a book is set anywhere in the UK, particularly in London, I always make room for it in my ever-growing TBR. I love reading about London, because I end up daydreaming of what it would be like to live there. And these books in particular encouraged me so and helped me with the British invasion in my head.
Case in point: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, 1D fanfiction (guilty reads when I was in high school 😂), Sherlock Holmes
Now here are some of the books that are high up on my TBR: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
St. Petersburg, Russia – Okay history nerds. I am also a Romanov enthusiast, meaning the story of their dynasty is the trigger that makes me want to go to Russia. But that’s only the first part. Apparently the Grisha universe is inspired by Russian culture, so it is amazing to dive in Leigh Bardugo’s stories while imagining Russia in my head.
Most of the books that I have read are from Leigh Bardugo, which is Shadow and Bone, and Siege and Storm. I am currently reading Six of Crows and it is basically everything I need in life.
Meanwhile, here are some of the books on my TBR: Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye.
Verona, Italy – Let’s be honest here: The only book that I have read that is set in Verona is Romeo and Juliet. And no, I believe that it is a quintessential love story that defined a perfect tragedy. One day, I would take a picture of myself on Juliet’s balcony. All I’m saying is that Verona is the first place that I would want to go to if I had the chance to visit Italy. Italy, like practically every country on this list is a beautiful country that genuinely treasured its history. I am patiently waiting for more YA books set in Italy. It’s just so inspiring to write about.
There are tons of books inspired by Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and apparently more books set in the beloved city. A somewhat modern retelling that I have on my shelf is Juliet by Anne Fortier. A recent book on my TBR is Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.
Also pssst, history nerds. I just love to sink in Dan Brown’s books. Not exactly for some things, but for the history! And how he describes all of those places set in Florence, the Vatican, Rome, and Venice. (Okay, I will stop now.)
Intramuros, Manila, Philippines – I have a feeling that this post is turning into quite a historical post as well, haha. And also yes, I took this photo last year for my Advanced Photography class. Oh my dear sweet niblets, where do I begin with you? Intramuros is my go-to place in Manila. Next to the National Museum of the Philippines, I have always pictured those two places to be the perfect setting for majority of the genres that exist in this world. A YA book set in the Philippines? Yes please! That would be the loveliest thing ever.
Hopefully, I will write one someday? Who knows? I will bet that I will write about the things running around in my head if I have the time. But first, thesis revisions. :3
Broadway (New York) – I believe that this is the center stage of every person who dreams of becoming a musical sensation. Also, for theater enthusiasts like me, this is where the magic unfolds. I mean, who doesn’t dream of seeing a play in Broadway? (cough, Hamilton, cough) And in those dreams, the lights are on that person who yearns to become the star of the most amazing plays. Where have we read that one before? I particularly chose Broadway because 1) History 2) Matter of the theater in the present, and 3) The power it has to be a powerful setting for any story.
There a lot of books about teenagers joining the theater like Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. There tons of great books that referenced the theater in their stories, and it just wonderful to see it on the page.
And that’s about it! These are just a few of the places that I want to go to, and the main inspiration of the settings in some of my favorite books. I love these beautiful places very much, and I hope that someday I could go to all of them.
What are some of the places that inspire you? What are some of your favourite settings in books? What place is it inspired from? I need book recommendations, please! Let’s talk about it and let’s daydream together. 🙂