Thursday, 3 November 2011
How Do YOU See Canada?
I’m Canadian. I mean, if you’ve read my About Me page or maybe even some of my reviews, you know that. I also love books. But when you put the two together, something weird comes to mind: there aren’t actually very many YA books set in Canada.
Sure, there’s Anne of Green Gables and that book with the dog named Sirius that was set in Newfoundland (I can’t remember the title for the life of me) but the truth is, in YA fiction, which is what I read about 99 percent of the time, there just aren’t very many books set in Canada.
The truth is, I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like reading or writing about places I actually live in. So, uh, I’m fine with there not being many books set in Canada. *gasp* It’s true. So, well, what I wanted to know is this: how do YOU see Canada, whether or not you’re a Canadian?
Do you imagine us all buried under fifty feet of snow? (As someone who lives near the West Coast, I find this laughable. It rarely snows here, guys. I know. We’re SO lucky.) Do you see a land of mysteries, maple leaves, and of course, pancakes?
And more importantly, have you read a YA book set in Canada? I’m genuinely curious. I don’t think those books would hold my attention, because of my wanderlust issues, but what images does Canada bring to mind for Americans? Brits? Indians?