I’m participating in the Book Blogger Hop again this week, which invites book bloggers to answer a bookish question and visit each other’s blogs. Hosted at Soon Remembered Tales this week, here’s today’s question:
With Autumn upon us and Halloween drawing near, what books remind you of fall? What ones do you enjoy reading that are about autumn?
My first thought was that Autumn doesn’t seem to get that much play in fiction. Summer and winter, with their more dramatic temperatures, seem to be more usual choices–and then of course, spring is the traditional setting for love stories. (Also for L. M. Montgomery books, which while not all in the spring, all have that feel.)
But perhaps I don’t think of Autumn as a frequent setting because I don’t read the right books. Perhaps Autumn comes up all the time in ghost stories and horror novels. I wouldn’t know.
Anyway, I thought a bit more, and I did hit on two favorite books where Autumn plays a role. First, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente features a heroine named September. While not entirely set in Autumn, there is a scene where September turns into a tree–and begins to dry and crumble as Autumn comes in. It’s truly frightening, and one of the most striking moments of the book.
Second, I thought of Peter Pan in Scarlet, Geraldine McCaughrean’s sequel to J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. I imagine there are all seasons in Neverland (probably delightfully crammed together), but in a metaphorical sense, Neverland exists in a perpetual summer time. This book explores what happens when the magic begins to crumble, and Autumn comes to the island.
I was in Kensington Gardens this September, where Peter Pan lived before going to Neverland. True to the magic of the Gardens, Autumn seemed to arrive over night. My hotel was nearby so I was visiting daily–and one day it was warm summer, the next it turned cold and drifts of leaves covered the ground. It’s not hard to imagine that the fairies decided it was time for a season change, and went to work!