Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by the brilliant folks at The Broke and the Bookish. Today: Historical Settings You Love (Or Would Like To See).
- Israel. Because I’ve been there a few times for both vacation and family and it is a beautiful country full of history, mythology, age-old wars and untold secrets. Sure, there is danger too, but that need not be the focus or, perhaps, it could be? Either way, I think this could be a great setting and the story need not necessarily be religious (for instance Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc brings us to Petra on a fantastic adventure, and warring religious factions play a part but aren’t centre-stage).
- The Prairies of Canada. Because I love the prairies and I love to write about them and to read about them. Check out Dust by Arthur Slade. Fantastic (literally)! I want more.
- The Antarctic would be a really cool (haha) setting to see in a book for young people. Perhaps something that follows the footsteps of Shackleton’s exploration/discovery of the southernmost landmass? It’s just such a vast space, a desert really, but as much as it appears like a dead zone there is so much there that is alive and thriving . . .
- Denmark. Because I’ve also been here and I just haven’t see this awesome country featured in anything but Hamlet and Hamlet retellings! Copenhagen is such a cool city with a rich history rife with royalty and intrigue (a King Charles who enjoyed having pictures of himself on horseback painted), with a walled in part of the city (Tivoli gardens!) with a world famous Zoo–there’s just so much here!
- Space. :) Because it’s Space. There are lots of books out there, but there could be more–there is so much potential here!
I honestly have one, and only one, hope: that I get to read YA/MG set in pre-colonized South Asia. And if the place happens to be India (or a kingdom in the Indian subcontinent), I’d like one that isn’t all bleak and about forced marriages and, “look how unhappy Indian women used to be”*. Look at the variety of literature (classic and contemporary) that’s set in Regency era England or Victorian England–not all of it is about social issues and if it is, it isn’t what the entire novel is about. That’s what I’d like to see, but in a South Asian country/kingdom.
Sorry I don’t have a proper list!
*That said, research and sources are definitely a plus!
Here are the places I’d like to see some stories set in:
- Fiji. Historical or modern, I don’t care. Just give me something. Anything.
- South Korea. And a well done story that doesn’t mock the people and the culture.
- Palestine. Because their plight is close to my heart and I’d like to see a story that lets me see them as more than how the media portrays them.
- India/Pakistan. And like Yash, I want to see a story that isn’t about the oppression of women from a western perspective.
- Saudi Arabia. I just want something more like Alif the Unseen.
- Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and surrounding region. Modern, because that’s super important (and also interesting), and historically – there are thousands of years of really fascinating history & culture & development of thought/belief/religion here* which tend to be lumped together and more or less forgotten, I guess because nobody built pyramids. And by history, I do mean all of history, from semi-nomadic tribes to city-states to semi-unified nations conquered and re-conquered by the superpowers of the century (usually Assyria and successor states vs. Egypt, with brief bursts of semi-independence in between), to later empires and dominant cultures (Greece and Rome) and tragedies, and later powers (Western European nations)… to the present day. Or, heck, the future. Has anyone ever written a futuristic or sci-fi novel set here and focused on local characters? (American or British thrillers/spy novels featuring Americans and Brits do not count.) If so, please let me know.
- I’m still a sucker for historical Britain. Maybe because I know the history a bit more? (Or maybe I know the history because I’ve read so many historical novels.) Kinda done with the Victorian era. Not anywhere near over the 1100s-1400s.
- China in the 1800s to early 1900s. This is because of all the Laurence Yep I read in elementary school. (Boxers and Saints, I cannot wait.)
- Canada. All of Canada, every century. There is not nearly enough good Canadian historical fiction, and a general dearth of Canadian historical fiction for readers older than twelve. More, please! First Nations stories, early (French) traders’ adventures, European settlers’ mishaps, successive waves of immigrants, everything between, during, and since – I want it all.
- Historical seeings I’d like to see – anything I haven’t read yet. So, pretty much anything involving South and Central America and large swaths of Asia. There isn’t nearly enough in my library about the many African civilizations (aside from Egypt – what child doesn’t plan to be an Egyptologist at some point?) and peoples, despite the power and influence of, say, Kush and Akkad, so that needs to be remedied. More from South Asia, as Yash and Nafiza have said. Oh, and also the neglected European countries and cities, like Prague. But that’s partly because I hear the music is very good there.
- So, if there are writers reading this – more historical fiction, please? *charming grin*
*And, okay, everywhere.