Is the Washington, DC area coming up in this genre?







Okay, so I’m currently reading through a bunch of books that have coincidentally been set in the Washington, DC Metro area (my hometown if you didn’t know)! I totally had no idea of this going in, aside from one book.  It makes me curious about this area’s growing popularity. I’ve read countless stories set in New York and LA, but not really here. It also makes me wonder, has anyone else ever read a series set in their own hometown? How did you feel about it? I think it’s sort of cool at times because I can easily visualize the landmarks a lot more.

13 responses

  1. I haven’t read any of those books, but I might have to now!

    It is cool to read about places you’ve lived. I also think it’s obvious when an author has lived in the place they’re writing about because there’s a different level of detail and knowledge. Even though I’ve never been to Seattle, when I read Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid books, I feel like I’m there, which is also pretty cool.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    • Yeah, I can definitely tell when someone’s been there. They get very involved in the little details and nuances.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

  2. Zeenat

    I wondered where all the D.C. area books were? I mean I feel like in the UF/PNR genre you would have tons of D.C. just because of politics and policies (you know, how much rights vampires should have?). I’m going to check those books out!

    March 25, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    • Yeah, I always wondered that myself! DC is the perfect place for power play. You should check them out! Especially Vamp City (when it’s released) and Origins. Blood and Sunlight is coming along slowly for me.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

  3. I always like it better for an author to make up a setting if they’ve never spent any time in the venue of their book, otherwise it’s just not believable. I’ve moved around a lot and try to travel, so if I see a book set in NYC or someother place where I’ve lived I’m always harder on the details. I spent a summer in Venice Italy so if I see a book set there I immediately want to read it and in a way visit it again. If you haven’t read Jenna Black’s Dark Descendant it’s set in the DC area. The locale is refreshing, and really perfect for books because interesting so many ways on it’s own. The capital, the politics, all the different areas, beautiful architecture, lots of landmarks, and it straddles two states. Plus I there’s nothing more beautiful than the cherry blossoms in bloom.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    • Thanks for the rec! I think Dark Descendant is on my TBR list. The name is definitely familiar. And speaking of Cherry Blossoms, they’re blooming right now! They’re gorgeous and the weather has been amazing.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      • My family lives in Ft. Washington, and I’ve lived with them off and on while I was growing up. I use to love the cherry blossoms how they look around the monuments, and even on the highway around Boiling AFB they had cherry blossoms planted down the median and I remember thinking how wonderful all the little petals looked blanketing the dark asphalt.

        -You can probably tell I was kind of dramatic as a kid.

        And the the sequel to Dark Descendant comes out next month so if you like it you won’t have to wait a year like I did to get the follow up.

        March 26, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        • Cool! It’s bumped up a bit in my TBR pile. We’ll see! I have family in Ft. Washington. We have a new National Harbor nearby there now. It’s really pretty there. Hope you come back to visit and check it out there!

          March 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

          • I live about three hours away. But I have a rather large family whos numbers are only rivaled by the amount of drama that comes with large families. so I limit my time there. It’s a great area except for the traffic.

            March 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM

          • Yeah, large families are certainly “special”. And yes, DC can take pride that it wins a gold medal for the MOST traffic in the USA!! Ridiculous, I know!

            March 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM

  4. Dan

    Give blood and sunlight a chance. The first half is slow but it picks up. You either love or really hate the characters. Wassermann has another vamp book set in md too but I haven’t gotten to it yet

    March 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    • I’m not ready to totally give up on it yet. I have to finish it for Maryland pride, lol. I’m just going to take my time reading it. Thanks, though!

      March 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

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