Flaming Leaves: Autumn in Books Part II

It’s not just autumn; weather in general is terribly underrated in books, did you notice ? There’s never an unexpected rain on the day of battle. Upcoming clouds never worry the characters or give them a bad mood ( Unless they’re on a boat. Then it really should matter. ) Nor does sunny weather noticed and appreciated ! It might not be very important, but it plays in favor of how realistic everything seems. Personally, if a day is really windy, I WILL feel anxious. I would write a whole discussion post on this, but I have nothing else to say about it 😂
On to Autumn ! I have come up with only 3 books strongly featuring the season ( that I have read, at least ! ). See ? Seasons are underrated !

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“Walking through the woods of the Autumn Court felt like striding inside a jewel box.
Even with all that potentially hunted us now, the colors were so vivid it was an effort not to gawk and gape.”

In a land called Prythian, territories are divided in Courts; Winter, Spring, Autumn, Summer and Day, Night, Dawn.
The Autumn Court is perpetually in its season. Natives of High Fae from there have fiery red hair, green eyes, and an affinity to fire as elemental magic.

Snow Like Ashes Series by Sara Raasch

” The dense humidity of the Eldridge was nonexistent in Autumn’s dry coolness, its yellow-and-red forests sleepy and crunchy and colored with warmth. Oktuber was a maze of rickety barns and tents in maroon, azure, and sunshine orange, with the crystalline blue sky gleaming above, a sharp and beautiful contrast to the kingdom’s earth tones. But it was the Autumnians themselves who left me gaping—they were beautiful.
Their hair hung in tendrils as dark as the night sky, swaying in the dust kicked up from the roads that wove through Autumn’s tent cities. Their skin glistened the same coppery brown as the leaves on some of their trees, only where the leaves were crinkled and dry, the Autumnians’ faces were perfectly creamy.”

Here, Autumn is a country too, Oktuber being its capital. It is also in perpetual Fall. Its citizens don’t have magic of their own, it is rather stored in an object passed down in the royal family called a Conduit, and serves to keep the land rich and alive in its one season, like, to grow crops and make it rain and such. ( I’ve only realized the similarities between these two series today. But the thing with lands inspired by seasons is the only thing similar, don’t worry. Everything else about each of them is entirely unique. )

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement in such a way as to make the girl who was moving there seem fixed to a sliding walk, letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward. […] The trees overhead made a great sound of letting down their dry rain.

I chose this book for 2 reasons: Because it had a strong depiction of fire and fire is quite obviously red ( Unless it’s hot enough to be blue or you’re heating copper then it’s green, but that’s not the point. ) and because the main character, Guy Montag ( Nice Guy, btw *notsorryforthepun* ), meets another character in autumn. And this meeting quite literally is the reason the whole book happens. Yup, careful who you meet in autumn, guys, or you might end up like this fellow here.

That’s all I have for Part II ! Hope you enjoy your autumns ! Time for your feedback ! What’s your favorite thing about Fall ? Do you like it when the weather is strongly depicted in books ? What are some of your favorite books where fire/red hues are important ? How do you feel about these books ?

4 thoughts on “Flaming Leaves: Autumn in Books Part II

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  1. I definitely agree with you that seasons are underrated. I feel like the weather is a great way to set the atmosphere of a scene. I also find that I associate certain books with types of weather. For example, if we have a rainy day I always think of the Night Circus as a book to read and with the summer I gravitate towards those cute, contemporary novels.

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    1. Indeed ! If it’s raining in a book, it feels at least 20% more real to me, as picturing rain and clouds is easier than fantasy elements because it’s so familiar ! I do associate books with weather too ! Also, I wish there was more mention and appreciation of seasons in covers, titles, and storylines ! It’d sure help me to pick what to read XD

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