Not only do I have a Secret Next Project that I’ll be working on once Meet the Lidwells is finished and released, but I have *another* story — set in the same universe as the SNP, but not related — that I’ve deemed Secret Future Project.
This SFP will be set in a Pioneer Valley-like setting. [For those unfamiliar with the PV, that’s a corridor in midwestern Massachusetts known for containing five colleges (UMass, Amherst, Smith, Holyoke and Hampshire) and thus having quite a sleepy collegiate town feel to it. I grew up thirty miles to the northeast of it, and it’s one of my favorite places in the world. For those familiar with the PV, I can hear y’all from here yelling at me to stop talking about it so damn much. Heh.]
ANYWAY. I’ve been wanting to write a story set in this kind of place for decades, and I think I’ve found the one thing to write.
The only downside is that I think I’m a little behind the times in terms of my knowledge of stories set on college campuses. When I think of college stories, unfortunately my mind either goes to John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, F Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise, or JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. I’ve read a lot of stories that are more recent, and numerous webcomics as well (a few like Agents of the Realm, Check Please!, and Questionable Content come to mind). Movies? Well, aside from the boomer stories like The Big Chill and The Return of the Secaucus 7, and Gen-X stories like St Elmo’s Fire and all those drunken-frat-bro movies, I’m still searching for more ideas.
SO! I’m curious: what are your favorite stories that revolve about college life? It can be any style, format, or genre. I’m definitely open to all kinds of stories, including LGBT/PoC-centric stories; I’m looking to come up with some unique characters, so everyone’s invited. I’d like to get more of a recent feel of what college is all about nowadays, and I think I need to do more than just listen to the college radio stations that I already listen to.
Thanks ahead of time for your help! 🙂