Post by notsoholymarie on Aug 17, 2012 18:45:39 GMT -5
I know it really is a small portion in the book, but I feel like I need to talk about it.
So, some cities are influenced by Crowley or Aziaraphale.
Crowley did Glassgow and Aziraphale did Edinburgh, and because I have visited both of those cities, I can totally see why the authors chose to mention those 2 cities.
Glasgow is always renewing its buildings, streets, infrastructures and all. Very very modern city. Edinburgh kept the old town almost intact. You feel like you are in the middle ages when you walk there.
Also, to continue the subject, what other cities do you think were influenced by one or the other side?
Because I am from Montreal, I will say that Montreal is from Crowley and Quebec City is from Aziraphale. Montreal is a very up-beat kinda stressful city, as for Quebec City, it is always calm with next to no crimes (they have the same crime rates as Disney World)
I'm from Atlantic City, and I gotta say that it's definitely not an Aziraphale city. Hell, it's probably not a Crowley city either. Maybe it just spawned straight up influenced by only humanity, and both Crowley and Aziraphale do not want to take credit for it. I wouldn't blame them.
Detroit and Chicago is the closest city... I mean Detroit is so hard. Because it's a GREAT place if you want to see old buildings. But at the same time it is decaying and dying. But it also use to be one of the most high tech cities.
Tübingen, the city I go to uni at, and all the little towns around it, are *definitely* Aziraphale cities. It's this fairly mountainous, picturesque area in south Germany, nearly at the Alps, and the cities have been quite wonderfully untouched by earthquakes or war for the past five centuries at least, to the point where the heart of the city consists of some 600-year-old Medieval-looking buildings. Oh, and there's flowers *everywhere. *Everywhere*. On window sills, on the rails of bridges, even huge pots of bouquets on lampposts.
On the other hand, Stuttgart is only about 100 km away, and very definitely seems like a Crowley city. It has a huge busy train station that, unfortunately, does not allow trains to go simply through; they have to reach the city and then switch to another railway to continue, and it's simply infernal. Plans are being made to change that, but you need to raze a lot of green areas and old buildings to do that, and it's all kind of frustrating for everyone involved. And it's a pretty standard modern city otherwise. >D
Last Edit: Aug 27, 2012 15:15:37 GMT -5 by Kaytara
Oh man that really does sound like an Azi city! Thank god you're not in Stuttgart. That sounds like a big pain with the trains. Sounds almost like Detroit with our stupid roads. We don't have trains but the French made their road way, which is that circle sort of formation, and then the British made their roads. So you get roads that are barely 5 feet long sometimes, making it really hard to navigate.
Post by spacegandalf on Aug 28, 2012 10:37:46 GMT -5
I reckon my town is probably beyond even a Crowley town. It's history is pretty bloody so it probably just came to be through regular human nastiness. King Richard II was killed at our castle and Shakespeare described it as Pomfret, Pomfret! O thou bloody prison, Fatal and ominous to noble peers! Within the guilty closure of thy walls Richard the second here was hack'd to death; And, for more slander to thy dismal seat, We give thee up our guiltless blood to drink.
...Wow. That highway thing does look pretty Crowleyish.
I shall now share pictures as well! To maintain balance, or something.
This is the view of the bridge with the main street leading from the train station to the inner city:
This is a random street in the inner city:
This is a random fountain:
You see? It actually looks like the result of a Disney-esque song montage with Aziraphale getting really drunk and sort of waddling through the city in NEEDS MORE FLOWERS mode and sort of waving his hand and making flowers appear wherever there's space, and then running out of space, and then making huge pots of flowers appear on the lampposts throughout the entire main street just for kicks. And then throwing in a dovecot for the hell of it.
While Crowley kind of follows along and half-heartedly tries to sabotage his efforts.
Pretty much all smaller towns in the area, as well as what I've seen of Switzerland just over the boarder, look like that.
Last Edit: Aug 28, 2012 13:36:03 GMT -5 by Kaytara