Some settings have an expected mood or feeling. A town where the factory that “everyone” worked at has just shut down is probably going to be a depressing place. An abandoned shack next to an old cemetery is likely to feel creepy. An amusement park in the 1950’s, might have an elated mood with children cheerfully proclaiming “Yippee Skippy.” The same park today might have lines so long that a person only gets on three rides all day, and that’s after spending half a week’s pay to get in to the place. In that case, a parent might be using the more sarcastic tone when saying “Yippee Skippy.”
How the characters respond to the mood or feeling of the area can help pull the reader into the story, and help create a setting-character.
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Question of the day: What is your favorite dance that “everyone” knows how to do? (YMCA, for example.)