Recently, I watched the first episode of an old series, Prison Break, because I wanted to see Wentworth Miller in action (he’s the physical inspiration for one of the heroes of my latest series). I enjoyed that episode, found the premise intriguing, and positively adored Wentworth. Yet I have no desire to watch any more episodes. I tried to figure out why. Is it the dark milieu? That’s what Claudia says put her off. But I love the series Criminal Minds and Law and Order: SVU, and they don’t come much darker than that. So it had to be the prison thing. I never wanted to watch Oz either.
Then it occurred to me that there were other fictional shows I had no interest in, shows that were (and some that still are) very popular. The Office. Lost. ER. Scrubs. That’s when it dawned on me. I don’t like shows that take place in only one setting, especially if it’s an institutional or corporate setting (I gather that The Office takes place in other settings, too, but all the bits I ever saw were in an office, the place I find most soul-less). I don’t seem to mind sitcoms that take place in a home, although I only watch two of them regularly, so obviously I don’t seek them out. And I don’t consider a city to be “one setting” since it has such a variety of places for scenes.
I think it’s true for me with books, too. I’m not a huge fan of the cabin or road romance when they take place only in the cabin or coach. I can’t stand to have my characters actually BE on the road or in the cabin for more than a few chapters. I find it claustrophobic.
So what about you? Do you mind small settings, one-place settings? Do you like road books or cabin romances? Do you yearn for a variety of settings within one book (or TV show or movie)? What was your favorite single-setting TV show or movie or book?