One thing I hate is describing settings. I hate doing it. I hate reading it. I hate it. Even when someone else gives a beautiful, intricate description of a key setting, I usually either skim it or skip it entirely and subconsciously fill it in with a place that I know from real life. So first of all, does anyone else do this, or am I a complete weirdo? Secondly, if other people do this, how important can it really be to include all these descriptions. I suppose I have to give a brief description of major settings, and obviously I have to explain if something has to be very specific for plot reasons. But other than that, how much (or rather, how little) description of settings do I actually need to include? Do you, as a reader, expect and/or desire it? Would you miss it if it's gone?