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Sara Edmonds | When It Comes To Location How Much Detail Do You Need?

October 17, 2009

Sara EdmondsFINGER LICKING FIFTEENI was reading Janet Evanovich’s Finger Lickin’ Fifteen– and after the gut retching laughter- I realized that even though I have never been to New Jersey, Janet’s descriptions make me feel like it is a place I have been to many times before. It also made me reflect on how much detail I need when it comes to location in the book I am reading.

I am not normally cognizant of the locations- or even the background description in general- when I am reading a book I really enjoy. When the author does a really good job of pulling me into the story, my mind tends to fill in any detail that isn’t readily there, such a location, or even the general skin and eye description of the main characters. Those things I tend to pull from experience and fill in automatically. And I realize that for most authors there is not enough time, or money, to go to every place a book is set. But I realize that for some readers not having this information may be frustrating.

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