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Discussion Time: Small Town Dynamics

A bit of a different post for today. 

I have been fascinated with small towns for forever. There’s something about a dynamic in a small town that really grips me and makes me adore the story. As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, I really like books, or movies that deal with relationships. A book that focuses on character dynamic is bound to be a book I really love.

And it’s never more true than when it comes to small towns. The main premise of a small town story is that everybody knows everybody, but always in a way that is not obvious at face value. We meet all these different people, but as the story progresses, we learn how they are actually connected. And it’s always quite different than what it first seems.

We’ll meet a family, who seems perfect at first, but then we learn how, for example, the daughter is having issues or the husband and wife are estranged, and it’s always a public secret. And it all ties into the rest of the town.

The thing I enjoy most about the dynamic of a small town is the secrets. I feel like when there is a smaller number of people in a town, where everyone knows everyone else, secrets became the main currency. Everyone has something to hide. And the revelation of the secrets and it’s aftermath are beyond fascinating for me.

The main catalyst for these kinds of stories is a big or traumatic event that shakes the town to its core. And then chaos ensues. All of the secrets come up. And people have to deal with them.

If you’ve read The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling, then you know what I am talking about. A lot of people did not like this. And I feel there are two reasons for it: firstly, it’s a slow book. And second, and more importantly, it’s not Harry Potter. Not in the slightest. I however, find it fascinating. It’s one of my favorite books ever. The way all these characters’ lives intertwine and connect is so spectacular and I think J.K.Rowling did a wonderful job of capturing the atmosphere of a small town.

Another great example of the thing I am talking about is the tv series Broadchurch. If you haven’t watched this, do yourself a favor, and go watch it. It’s a show that deals with a murder that happens in a small town of a young boy, and it follows our two main characters, two detectives who are trying to solve the case. However, they are or get tangled into the lives and relationships of these people, who are all connected in one way or another. And everyone’s a suspect. I adore this show, I believe the third season has started, and I just love everything about it.

So I would like to know: do you have the same fascination with small towns? Have you read any stories like this? Do you have any recommendations for me?
PLEASE leave them in the comments below! 

Hope you enjoyed the post!

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13 thoughts on “Discussion Time: Small Town Dynamics

  1. Follow Me Down and The Roanoke Girls are the first two that come to mind because they’re my most recent reads, but I could probably think of more if I had the time. 😂 I love small towns as well; they’re so interesting! The Casual Vancancy and Broadchurch are on my to do list.

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      1. I think so, too! I think U.K. shows are always a bit better at handling murder mysteries/thrillers, except Hannibal, which was awesome (and cancelled, so that says a lot about the U.S. lol). 😂

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  2. I love small town dynamics. I think my favorite part is how everyone is intertwined somehow and how when some big disaster happens, people rally around and help. I also love the little traditions or festivals in small towns. The Fools Gold series is what I think of when I think of small towns. It’s a small little town in California and eventually throughout the series we get to meet every person in it one way or another, which i think is so fun!

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