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Small Backwater Towns

  • December 15th, 2013 @ 08:31 AM
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Generally speaking in most horror films (especially American horror films) they will usually take place in a small backwater town where everyone knows everyone, there are a few other elements; there is almost always lots of shops ran by cheery friendly locals, there is usually a local sheriff and most of the time lots of fields including those large buildings that house corn and normally have rivers near by.

Now I am not here to talk about films but more of the towns they depict. Aside from the horrific reputation these places seem to get they seem very nice, the idealistic, friendly cookie cutter mom baking an apple pie and then leaving it on the porch to cool and very few people lock their doors. I have heard of some places like this such as Hanover in New Hampshire which I know does exist for real and also the location there they filmed Dawsons Creek of Wilmington in North Carolina but does anyone here live in these sort of places? Do you like living there or do you dislike the quiet? Is it really or do these places not really exist in reality?

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Reply Posted: December 15th, 2013 @ 09:05 AM
That sounds like the place I live but I don't live in town. I know people that never lock their doors. I've left for town without locking mine, left stuff out that in most towns would get stolen. Bet my keys are in the ignition of my truck right now and have been all night.

I love it here, I like the fact that most of the time its so quiet you can hear every little creature that's making a sound. Any unexpected visitors in the yard are of the 4 legged kind and are not going to steal you blind. Not that we don't have any thieves. I also like the fact that the light pollution from street lights at night isn't so bad that my telescope is useless.

Larger towns have their own attractions though that we will never have here. Like really fast internet, great places to eat or shop, museums, zoos. We have planned a vacation around seeing a museum. I picked Denver and it was great. Short drive to work, unless there's a traffic jam then you spend as much time on the road as we do.


Reply Posted: December 15th, 2013 @ 09:17 AM
I do not plan to stalk you when I say this Hil and if you do not wish to post in here I will understand but where is it that you live? I take an interest in places like this and would love to read and learn about these places?


Reply Posted: December 15th, 2013 @ 09:35 AM
I live in the Missouri Ozarks. It is a really nice place, friendly people for the most part, be prepared to do a lot of waving at people you don't know when driving down the road. We do have some weirdo's. It just not a everyday thing having to deal with them. I had problems with a neighbor a few years ago but the Native Americans ran him off, which they caused problems of their own but all of them have moved on and that's been several years ago now. For the most part its peaceful now.


Reply Posted: December 15th, 2013 @ 02:17 PM
I wouldn't call the Louisiana Bayou all that safe (kids on drugs and too much drinking seem prevalent there), but everyone does seem to know each other down there. It has a pretty small population, at least per Parish. People help each other out and everyone knows the sheriff and deputies and the like. It was an unfamiliar experience to me.


Reply Posted: December 16th, 2013 @ 01:00 PM
I don't live in that kind of town, but I have spent time in quite a few during my travels. The people are generally noticeably more friendly than city and suburban folk, but not always. I definitely wouldn't want to live in a small farm town, but the small mountain towns are usually pretty awesome.


Reply Posted: December 16th, 2013 @ 03:11 PM
I don't live in a small backwater town but there are plenty of them within about a 2 hour drive from here. Lots of them are small tourist towns or ski towns, others are small farm towns.

I really like the small mountain towns, they just feel like they're in touch with nature because they're so secluded from any major city. I haven't been to one in at least a few months, I'll probably see a few more this winter.




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