I have to confess, if I’m writing about a city in a book, the chances are that I’ve been there. It’s incredibly hard to write about locations that you haven’t actually seen or experienced. Google can only do so much as regards to the atmosphere or vibe of a certain place. Yes, you can flick through some photos, research a restaurant online and read through some travel guides – but the experience is rather two dimensional.
So, I’m curious – as a reader does it annoy you if an author writes about a city in which you live and gets it all wrong? Does it take you out of the story, or can you generally work past the anomalies? Are you sat there with your book shouting, no that’s completely wrong and rolling your eyes? Or is it half the fun of reading – discovering when authors don’t get it quite right?
Maggie Carpenter posed the question to me, and I have to confess it’s a good one. Care to share your thoughts? 🙂
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