Monday, May 17, 2010
How to choose...
In preparation for my new story, Poison Ivy, I've been doing a lot of thinking and researching about settings. Choosing the right setting--East Coast, West Coast, cities big and small, or even the Moon--is crucial to the mood and tone of your story. The perfect setting can add depth or even become a supporting character.
For instance, would Twilight have been the same if Edward was stuck inside all day, every day because he lived in LA, where the sun shines almost everyday? Probably not. It probably would have been the most boring book ever. But, then again, that might have led to more kissing scenes... hmmm. Oh well, I guess we will never know because Stephenie Meyer chose her setting wisely, picking one of the rainiest cities in the US.
For Twilight, choosing Forks, Washington was a logical choice, but what if your story doesn't have any sparkling vampires in it? How do you choose a setting?
I have to admit that I have a tendency of choosing a setting based on places I want to go. So, when I was searching for a setting for Poison Ivy, I decided on Sonoma, California . That city is absolutely beautiful, and would be a perfect setting. Not to mention, I would love to go there and tour wine country (sounds like fun, right?). But, after delving a little deeper into my story, I've come to realize that Sonoma, although breathtaking, doesn't quite set the right mood or tone for my story. Which pretty much sucks. [Insert whining here.] So I'm back on the search for the perfect setting. Hopefully I'll find it one day.
I'm curious to know, how do you all pick the perfect setting for your stories?