Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Landscapes That
Need A Visual Time-lapse
(Good ol’ freebies letting me take creative reign.)
World building gives body and context to the wtf-ness that happens in a story, and sometimes, they feel like characters themselves. The purpose of this theme was to consider landscapes that I wouldn’t mind visualizing its pre-storyline development to the actual happenings in the narratives (i.e. protagonists and their tomfoolery through haphazard wrecking of buildings for narrative effect). Think of this topic as an aerial 3D time-lapse of the construction-and-deconstruction of a focus setting and how the setting had to have begun somewhere.
If I’m making no sense at all: just imagine the Game of Thrones opening sequence and how kingdoms evolve throughout the series. Or…here is an example of a time-lapse.
Now take the above and change it into an aerial shot, then set it back nth years to the start of civilization in ABC Novel and watch the innovation turn nothingness into something.
The Arenas (Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins)
The assumption being made is that most/all arenas were built in the same location (under the dome-like building as seen in CF). So what would be rad? A nth year time-lapse of the construction-to-final product of each arena. Add to that the events that take place during the competition. I mean, surely even if you don’t see kids die, the nuances in setting would be cool to witness.
Post-Calamity (Reckoners – Brandon Sandesron)
Manhattan before it was Babilar.
And perhaps many more. Each setting was so unique that I’d take a liking to viewing the bustling city morph into the quirkiness under each epic reign. I mean, the descriptions were pretty on-point already but I guess you can’t go wrong with visualizing power as it corrupts.
Somewhere in England (More Than This – Patrick Ness)
Highly debatable setting but between the allegorical everything, the simple existence of the scorched fields beyond the tracks, the maze of abandoned housing, the deteriorating hell-like world, the ominous prison and the entity at the center of it all—is more reason to want visualize an aerial time-lapse. And for bonus points, if the visual slowed time down to show the driver’s path. Creepy.
Mountain City (Proxy – Alex London)
One half of the city is a glowing futuristic goldmine; the other is a garbage dump of claustrophobic housing. But it all began with one city. Time-lapse the creation of the divide into two separate entities. But in all honesty: I think anything flashy just wins me over. I am easily entertained…
Mississauga/Halton (Rule of Three – Eric Walters)
The landmarks used in this story takes place near Toronto (close enough to home basically) and because of its proximity coupled with the fascination towards what-if terrorism, collapse of economies, and general survivalist antics of human nature when everything goes awry—it’d be cool to realize this small community band together against the stark activities of the self-serving individuals.
Haven (Artemis Fowl: Eternity Code – Eoin Colfer)
Luthadel (Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson)
Because magic systems and narrative events are integrative to the city landscapes and changes over time. (Or something to that extreme as I’ve been told by my friend who basically read this series in a week on my recommendation and has basically become a fanderson. whathaveIdone?! Alls I know is everything is epic in this read. Derp.)
Concentric Walls (Maria, Rose, Sina) (Shingeki No Kyojin – Hajime Isayama)
I think an aerial view of the creation of the walls and the established cities within would be the coolest thing ever. Well, exciting for me. Not exciting for those who were part of the construction—I think I’d be so sad if all that hard work into building went to waste by some titan trolling humanity’s sense of safety. The aerial view and its concentric walls is drawing similarities from the Game of Thrones opening
That’s all I can think of at the moment.
But if you enjoy glorious world-building like I do, what are some settings/books that you’d love to see given an aerial (and perhaps panoramic) time-lapse of its construction/demolition of the landscape?
(Also: I am not completely crazy.)