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December 31, 2010 4:09 PM Subscribe
Is it possible to get to know a place fairly well, without actually visiting it?
posted by joyeuxamelie to media & arts (23 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a writer and while I'd love to be able to visit all of the cities and places I'd like to set my stories in, that's just not possible for a lot of reasons. However, I don't want to set my story in Paris, for instance, and come off as pretentious to a reader who has actually been there.
Do you think it's possible to get to know a city well enough to have a fictional character move through it and interact with people in it, simply by reading some books or watching documentaries?
If so, what films/books/media would you suggest? While I'm mostly interested in European cities right now, I'm open to any suggestion concerning any city. Who knows? It might make an excellent locale for my next story!