Is “Place” also a character?
Author and blogger M.K. Tod and I met through our mutual interest in historical fiction. This year, she’s exploring the themes of time and place. She invited me to join that discussion, and my post “Place – as complex as a human being’ is on her blog today. Here’s the beginning of my post:
As a reader and a writer of memoir and historical fiction, I know that when the author ‘gets it right,’ time and place take on the qualities of another character.
Place shapes the way people think about themselves, it frames their actions. Place can be friendly or hostile, welcoming or menacing, relaxing or high stress. Place can be all of those, sometimes at the same time.
I believe place can be equally important in any genre if the author chooses to go there. The hotel in Stephen King’s The Shining is just one example.
Have you read books where ‘place’ was a significant character in the story? Leave the title of a book that springs to mind here, then hop on over and join the discussion at Mary’s blog A Writer of History.
While you’re there, check out Mary’s excellent books. Her latest book, Time and Regret, was picked up by Lake Union Publishing.