Thursday, April 11, 2013

{ the.book.chat - books set in europe }



In honor of Jessica's move to Germany this week the book chat is all about books set in Europe.  When I started to think of books I had read that were set in Europe I realized...that there wasn't any.  I've read lots of books set in Texas and Wyoming though.  I wonder why that is?

When I began searching for books that were set in Europe I had another realized that I have read books that were set in Europe.  I've read a lot of children's books set in Europe.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | The Borrowers | The Secret Garden | Pippi LongstockingMadeline 

It never dawned on me that a lot of children's classic books are set in Europe.  I remember reading Madeline for the first time in school wanting to visit Paris.  My friends and I would talk with fake, silly French accents and pretend we were drinking out of "fancy cups".  I also remember wishing that I didn't have anyone to tell me what to do like Pippi Longstocking.  At least until I realized that I'd have to do my own laundry.  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Secret Garden, The Borrowers and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are all set in the United Kingdom.  Do you remember what's also set in England? 




Yes, the Harry Potter Series is set in London and I even included the European covers of the books as well. Do you "hear" yourself read in other accents when you know you are reading a book where the characters have one?  I know that I do and I'm hoping that someone shares the same quirk with me.  Because that's not weird, right?










13 comments:

  1. I totally hear the accents when I read a book if I know it is set in another place! Although I don't know why Pippi never clicked that it was in Europe to me!

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  2. I never realized that Pippi Longstocking was European, I always pictured her in the mid-west for some reason. I usually read in the accent of the character too, you're not alone in that!

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  3. It's interesting to me that most of the childhood books I've read are set in Europe. I had such a difficult time remembering books I've read as an adult that took place in Europe! Ah, and Pippi Longstocking, such a classic.

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  4. Lolll definitely hear the accents when I'm reading.

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  5. I forgot about so many of these books! How interesting that so many children's books are set in Europe.

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  6. Hahahha between the two of us we're going to get Harry Potter on every single book chat list somehow ;)

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  7. i love Madeline!

    http://ilikebigbooksblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/the-book-chat-3/

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  8. I love all the children's lit books you brought up! British chidren's lit has definitely made an impact in North America as well.

    I was really confused when you said you used the "European" editions of the Harry Potter books because that's what our covers look like in Canada too! The American ones look so strange to me.

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  9. We're reading Pippi right now! we love all the ones you chose and we also love Enid Blyton too. Our Harry Potter covers are the same as the UK & Canadian ones too.

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  10. Forgot to say here in Australia our covers are the same.

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  11. I'm the opposite, I imagine all book characters to have a British accent (unless the dialogue is written in a really obvious dialect) - I'm always surprised when movie versions of the characters have American/Australian/Swedish (etc) accents because in my head everyone is English!

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