Setting over characters

The importance an author gives to a story's setting depends not only on the style of writing but also on the genre. In a romance, for example, the background has a major influence on the behaviour of the characters. Listed below are just a few examples of settings taken from romantic novels:

♦ a Caribbean cruise ship

♦ a tropical island

♦ an Italian vineyard

♦ a lake in the Canadian Rockies

♦ an antiques shop and cottage in the country.

In each case, the setting is described in sensuous detail, the scents of fruits and flowers, crystal clear lakes, whispering breezes and rolling hills.

The pace of the story is always slow enough to allow the reader to savour the sights, sounds and flavours but fast enough to maintain the impetus.

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