Friday, December 12, 2008

International Stories

Ah!  La Belle France!  Paris!  I read a blog yesterday that was talking about stories set in Foreign locals.   It got me thinking about how much I love books that are set in far away places. I love learning about the cultures and the people that live there.  I would love to see more books like this.  I understand that the location needs to be integral to the storyline of the book, but I think there's a market out there for these types of books.  What do y'all say?  Books set in Paris or Cannes or Nice or wherever?  Are they for you? 

13 comments:

beth said...

Absolutely! Those are the best kinds of places--those that let you explore a new world. The world could be in America--I don't know much about Hollywood, for example--but I do prefer a good global setting. Have you read the 39 Clues?

peace, love, and rock&roll said...

I agree! I love books that take place in exotic places because the writing takes you there!

spinregina said...

Oh completely. I loved FRENCH BY HEART, just loved it. Maybe that's why most of my favourite authors are from overseas - London, Dublin, and the U.S.

lotusloq said...

Beth, I haven't read 39 Clues. Where is it set?

I love being immersed in a foreign local like in The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Those are areas I've never traveled, and, with the unrest there, it's likely I will never get the chance to go there in the future, so a book taking me there is like gold.

(Kristen, don't you like all my commas? haha!)

Jill Wheeler said...

I wish I knew enough about another culture to set a story in a faraway place!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

PJ Hoover said...

I think if I had traveled somewhere, I'd love to write a story set there!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Of course I LOVE these books--but I'm a little biased. :)
And spinregina, I want to hug you!

Justus M. Bowman said...

I prefer more fantastic settings: distant planets, parallel universes, etc.

lotusloq said...

Thanks y'all!! I knew I wasn't the only one. I loved French by Heart too! It's such a charming book. In fact, I recommended it to spinregina. I may have to include it in my book reviews.

Lady Glamis said...

Hmm, Monarch is set in Brazil for some of the time. Does that count? Sao Paul, specifically. :)

lotusloq said...

Lady G, I'd say that definitely counts! I'm looking forward to reading it. As you know, I love the beginning.

Stephanie Perkins said...

Oh my stars, there'd BETTER be a market for this! The YA I'm agenting right now just-so-happens to be set in Paris :)

lotusloq said...

I'm so totally your market for that. Good luck finding a publisher for it. (That's assuming it still needs one.) I especially think teens will like books set in places like Paris, London, Rome, Zurich, Tokyo, etc.: Cities they've heard of and think they'd like but have never been to.