I’m heading off on a much needed and very exciting vacation and I started to wonder at the places I’ll be going as well as the books I’ve read that took place in the areas in and around where I’ll be.
Have you ever gone on vacation to places that were spoken about in the books you’ve read and did the thought cross your mind – as it has mine – to visit or find those spots covered in your favorite novel?
Or what about this: Did you *purposely* go to those places *because* they were in your favorite books?
I’ve yet to write a book that took place long enough in current day to have to have the specific details of exactly/kinda sorta where my characters were so I’m wondering at those of you who have gone to specific locations to see how accurate the description was.
I am working on a trilogy that does mention the city and state’s names – but no street names so that doesn’t really count – especially since the trilogy takes place mainly in a foreign country in another time.
If you keep up on my blog, you will note that I’ve spoken with a rather well-known author and as told that their daughter actually flew to a specific place to get an idea of the area for an upcoming book.
I’m not sure if this place was a city with street names and shops or if it was out in the mountain ranges since she writes with both those backdrops and didn’t think to ask that specific question.
So, when in a country/state that has been used as the main area in your favorite book(s), have you found that the details in the book were spot on, pretty accurate, a general idea or disappointing?
When – or if – you go to see these places, would you expect spot on details or would you just be pleasantly surprised if it was generally correct?
I get that there are many variables and authors need a little leniency here and there to help the flow of their story but how much are you willing to accept?
Oh! I thought of something else. What if you lived in the general vicinity if the location? Would it perturb you if they didn’t keep to the truth of the area – especially if it was in a current day setting? Because we all know that, if it’s futuristic, things change and, if it’s in the past, how much do we really know about the changes that did occur between then and now.
So many things to ponder and I’d love to hear what your mindset is!
Well, off jet-skiing ~ enjoy!!
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