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Downton Abbey, Setting, and the World of Weather Witch: An Introduction

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With the long-awaited (okay, it's only been months but it feels like much longer to me!) return of Downton Abbey, it's put me in mind of my own recent series' setting.

The world of Weather Witch and that of Downton Abbey are separated by approximately seventy very important years, one ocean, and significant dark fantasy elements.

But for both series family and setting rule the roost.

The aristocratic Crawley family is not wholly unlike the Astraea family of Weather Witch, Stormbringer (releasing January 14) and Thunderstruck (May 20). They have money, assets, and important standing in their community. Well, at least the Astraea's did before Jordan's gala when their world was rocked by an accusation.

But I don't want to spoil anything if you have yet to read Weather Witch. So, in light of Downton Abbey's return, I want to focus on setting.

Setting can become a character all on its own. Downton Abbey's setting seems to be such a case.

Much of Downton Abbey is set in the very real (and very lovely) Highclere Castle in Hampshire (although the village of Bampton is used for outdoor scenes and some particular sets still required construction). That setting helps create the authentic mood of the show. And although the Weather Witch series is certainly fictional, real places inspired its setting again and again.

Growing up an hour outside Philadelphia and living and working in the Southern Tier and Central New York areas now, I have amazing opportunities to examine (and enjoy!) spectacular settings. These settings color the Weather Witch series.

The Philadelphia of Weather Witch is different from historic Philadelphia (and certainly different from current Philly!) because the history of that world is very different than ours. If you were dealing with a waterborne threat like the Merrow, you would build farther up the hills from the water, too (unless you want to be chum...). So Weather Witch's map of Philadelphia takes that history into account.

Humanity has always built along waterways (for obvious reasons0 but building by dangerous waterways is...dangerous. Yes, we do it all the time now, building again and again where water and storms wipe our homes away, but perhaps the Philadelphians of Weather Witch are more sensible, in at least that respect.

So, off and on for a few posts, let's examine setting and see where and how the fiction and dark fantasy of Weather Witch was pulled very much from fact.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 January 2014 22:45 )  

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