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  1. Lewis Carroll does very well setting the scene for the whole book of Alice in Wonderland with the whimsical way he describes Alice falling down the well – it also gives us a little insight into Alice as she curiously takes the jar off a shelf and then tries to return it:
    Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed; it was labelled `ORANGE MARMALADE’, but to her great disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as she fell past it.
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    • Misha on April 5, 2016 at 3:50 AM

    I like how you approach setting as a character. 🙂
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  2. Settings are a fun part of writing. I use everyday settings with everyday people and I use real establishments like restaurants and hotels. I even Google their menus and use food and beer from them in my settings. Great post!

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  3. Cute story and thank you for reminding me what
    Fiction is as I can share it with my son who I am
    teaching as we are now Homeschooling him.
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  4. If done right, setting is everything to a character, I think. It’s their place at the time.

  5. Whenever I think of setting as a character, I think on Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Powerful stuff… The gothic genre is heavy on the ‘setting is character’ element. It’s up there in my favourites along with the the virgin (or innocent) heroine.

    I’ll have to read more books and watch more films/TV with an eye on the setting. As you said search for the attributes that might tell a different story and strength the theme and subject matter already presented. Thanks J.!
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  6. Interesting method. We each have our own way of expression through writing.

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  7. The setting is key. So many times I read a story, and then realize how important that setting has been to the development of the characters. Often it’s integral to maintaining the tension that keeps me reading. Great that you’ve posted about it here.
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  8. I love this concept. I must try it out more often. Thanks, J!
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    1. Anytime! 🙂

    • Akilah on April 10, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    The Hunger Games
    Game of Thrones
    Harry Potter

    Those were the first books that came to mind that both use setting as almost its own character and use setting to reveal character in a very real way.
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