When I was reading The Fountainhead, I got the impression it took place in an alternate reality of sorts. A world where architects are more popular and renown, like celebrities. Where the public has a strong opinion about architecture/buildings/etc. Where building architecture is a very important trade. Also, artistic expression (or lack thereof) seems to be a strong issue. The public seem like herd animals, siding with the old system. I like it much better than Atlas Shrugged, which was too long and filled with stupid ideas. Howard Roark fascinated me, especially watching how Gail Wynand transforms under his influence.