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Top Ten Settings I Want to See More Of...
These are in the order that they occurred to me...
1. Alternate History
After finishing Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series and being in total awe of how he created his own story within the context of history, I want more stories like this! I love the idea of looking at how history could have turned out differently.
2. Time Travel
I love the idea of time travel and think there are so many possibilities to explore. Not only could this encompass a variety of different settings, but I also love the idea of what you do in one setting impacting the future setting. Butterfly effect.
3. Ancient Times
Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, Ancient China... I want to go back to these great empires. No doubt these were exciting times. I'm a fan of escapist fiction and any of these ancient times would make for a great escape from our technology driven reality.
4. Victorian Era
This somewhat translates into my desire for more steampunk. This period fascinates me, from the style of dress, to the fascination with spiritualism and natural history, to industrialization. It was such an exciting time of growth and discovery with so many possibilities.
5. World War I
This probably comes from my current love of Downton Abbey. I see plenty of literature focused on World War II, but far less about World War I. I can see strong tragic romance possibilities because so many young men died.
6. Futuristic, but not Dystopian/Apocalyptic
I'm a huge fan of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, but it might be fun to explore a less grim view of our future. I still want conflict and challenges, but maybe something that isn't "the government is out to get us" or "the world is ending." Perhaps something with awesome gadgets and mystery and adventure.
7. American Revolution
This is another time period that I think is really exciting and inspiring. Felicity was my favorite American Girl, and I loved how exciting her stories were. I'd love to see some spunky heroines, perhaps on both sides of the Revolution.
8. Wild West
Trains, cowboys, pioneers in the rough and expansive landscape of the Wild West are full of possibilities. This is a unique setting that we see little of in YA. And hot cowboys? Yes, please.
9. During Travel (Trains, Planes, Zeppelins, Ships)
There's something romantic about long trips because it's just long enough to establish a connection, and then there's the threat of what to do when you arrive at the destination. Titanic is an obvious one, but I also read this book a long time ago called Hindenburg, 1937 that was a romance aboard a doomed zeppelin (with Nazis) and it was such an engaging setting! I'd also love to see some stories aboard trains. I really like trains.
10. Sports Arenas
I want more books featuring girl athletes. One of my favorite movies is Bend It Like Beckham. I played on travel volleyball teams and even though that movie was about a soccer team, it still resonated with me. I can't think of a single book I enjoyed about a girl athlete... So clearly we need more!