Which isn't typical for me because I tend to be a very character-driven reader. I appreciate good settings when I read them, but setting is not a story dealbreaker for me. I'm guilty in some ancient WIPs of totally glossing over setting altogether, placing characters in nameless Everytowns and letting their experiences/relationships take center stage.
Hemlock's setting is the fictional town Hemlock, and it's awesome. The world-building for this small town is rich, and I've loved getting to know the residents and streets and landmarks. I've found I really like being immersed in a town while reading, and getting to know the minor-character residents (mayors and baristas and classmates etc.) as well as the protagonists and antagonists. (Maybe this is because I live in a very big place now? Perhaps I miss the community vibe often found in smaller city life?) While reading, it occurred to me that Hemlock reminds me of True Blood's Bon Temps (confession: I've never read the Sookie Stackhouse books nor have I watched past the first season) or The Simpsons' Springfield, one of my most favorite small-town settings of all time. And lo and behold, I was on Kathleen Peacock's website and found this in her FAQs:
Where is Hemlock? Is it a real place?
Hemlock is a bit like Springfield in The Simpsons. Though I’m sure there may well be a real town called Hemlock, my Hemlock exists mostly in my head. It’s a hodgepodge of streets and corners and buildings from places I’ve lived, visited, seen pictures of, or just flat made up.
What sorts of settings do you like to read/write?