Photo by Tri Nguyen
Setting is as necessary as plot and character, but only as far as it influences plot and character, the way the water-starved planet Arrakis affects everything that happens in Dune.
No one reads a book for the scenery; it’s a nice bonus if described artfully, but it’s not what makes us crack the pages.
Photo by David Herrera
You go to visit some friends you haven’t seen in awhile, and find yourself sandwiched between your hosts on the couch with a giant scrapbook over your lap like a seat belt, as they show off the half million pictures of snow-capped mountains they snapped on their most recent vacation.