1. DarkPen14

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    Where could I set a superhero story?

    Discussion in 'Setting Development' started by DarkPen14, Feb 5, 2019.

    My story takes place in the residential suburban area of a big city. I'm not sure if I should pull a DC and make up a city and say it's somewhere the real world or if I should use an actual city
     
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    The story does eventually move through the city's other districts, but for the most part it's around apartment complexes and the like
     
  3. DPena

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    My first reaction is a fictional city, but if you live in a large city that you know intimately, it would be far more realistic (and probably easier) to describe the details of your city from your own perspective rather than make something up.

    I'm currently developing a fictional city for my own book and since I'm no engineer, describing it with any kind of realistic infrastructure has been quite the challenge.
     
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    Probably easier to make everything align with your story purposes if you make up a city.
     
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    Make up a city name, then use a real world setting with names like streets and neighborhoods changed. This is essentially what DC did with "Gotham City" (New York City) and "Metropolis" (Chicago, I always thought). Also, consider using a foreign city (Prague, Budapest, Paris, etc.), which might give your story a little mystique. Of course, it's so easy to happen across a reader who's been to one of those cities and cries B.S. on your description, naming it something else could help.
     
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    I wouldn't mind seeing a superhero story take place in a small town setting.
     
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    @DarkPen14: Is this for that story you are working on with Stormy Katzenberger in it? (That's the name stuck in my head since your last thread ):)

    I see it in a wet, damp, forestry area like in or around Seattle.
     
  8. DarkPen14

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    Yes, same story as Wisp/Spectre/Stormy Katzenberger/ and Low-Budget-Batman/Suburban Knight
     

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