I was wondering, as I've just started thinking about a story-idea I just had, if it's really necessary to state where the story takes place? In which city and even which country? Because the setting doesn't have any importance for the story, it's the kind of story that could take place anywhere, because it revolves around two families, and a few other people close to them, and their reactions to a certain event in their lives. I thought of basing it on my own home town without never mentioning places with their actual name, just describing them and maybe even letting the characters names be of the kind that could be of a number of different nationalities. I don't want to write a novel set in my hometown, I want it to be unknown but still describe it quite thouroughly the way I see it. Maybe some people will be able to identify it from the descriptions but that is not a big issue. Would it be a bad thing to let the setting remain unknown? I don't want to make up a fictitious name either, that would sound lame I think.