On the Third Day of Sauciness
My true love gave to me:
Three Character Cities
|July 2012 August Man Malaysia Magazine|
Sometimes authors build the world in which their stories take place, so thoroughly that the cities begin to feel like characters in their own right. These are three cities that we feel like we know. We know our way around town, we know the culture, we know the food, we know the people. And we are just as attached to these locations as we are to the inhabitants.
1. Bon Temps, Louisiana (The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris)
2. Chicago, Illinois (Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill)
I've never been to Chicago (but I want to go. Badly.) but thanks to Chloe Neill's fantastic series I feel like I have. While I may not know where the various neighborhoods are, I have a grasp of what they are like. I know what Cadogan's Oak Park block feels like, and I can picture the gym where Merit learns to defend her House. The staples of Chicago food are described in such detail, right down to how they should be eaten, that I feel like I won't look like a total noob when I DO get to sample them. This series could not take place in any other city, and still be the same series.
3. Dublin, Ireland (Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning)
KMM has said that she wanted to write a series about the transition from a pre- to a post-apocalyptic world, and she did it beautifully when we watched her destroy Dublin. The Dublin that Mac fell in love with is definitely not the Dublin that Dani is enamored with in Iced. But whether it's before or after the walls crashed, Dublin is certainly as important to the Fever series as any character.