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22nd Jun '16 3:55:01 AM gewunomox
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* Music/{{Pixies}}, who formed in Boston (Joey Santiago and Black Francis were both students of the university of Massachusetts Amherst before they formed the band, too).

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* Music/{{Pixies}}, Music/ThePixies, who formed in Boston (Joey Santiago and Black Francis were both students of the university of Massachusetts Amherst before they formed the band, too).
3rd Jun '16 7:14:14 AM BeerBaron
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** ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 4}}'' will be set there, with much attention being paid to the Fenway Park area and Scollay Square (now Government Center). The Vault is also located northwest of Boston near Concord.

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** ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 4}}'' will be is set there, with much attention being paid to the Fenway Park area and Scollay Square (now Government Center). The Vault 111, where the game begins, is also located northwest of Boston in the fictional town of Sanctuary Hill, near Concord.
25th May '16 6:52:49 AM Mdumas43073
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* ''Film/SummerOf42'' is set on Packett Island, a fictionalized version of Nantucket.

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* ''Film/SummerOf42'' is set on Packett Island, a fictionalized version of Nantucket.
21st May '16 3:43:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''LittleWomen'' and the rest of Louisa M. Alcott's stories are set in and around her native Concord, Mass. Alcott's father Bronson was a prominent Transcendentalist, a philosophic movement whose leaders -- likewise native to the area -- also included Thoreau and Emerson. Virtually all of America's great silver age writers were either from or lived in Concord, including NathanielHawthorne.

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* ''LittleWomen'' ''Literature/LittleWomen'' and the rest of Louisa M. Alcott's stories are set in and around her native Concord, Mass. Alcott's father Bronson was a prominent Transcendentalist, a philosophic movement whose leaders -- likewise native to the area -- also included Thoreau and Emerson. Virtually all of America's great silver age writers were either from or lived in Concord, including NathanielHawthorne.



** Updike's ''TheWitchesOfEastwick'' cross-pollinated HollywoodNewEngland with LovecraftCountry. The fictional town of Eastwick has since become conflated with the actual town of Ipswich since much of TheFilmOfTheBook was filmed there, while the setting of the book was modeled after a small village in Rhode Island named Wickford which looks pretty much like a cross between the two.
* ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'' makes much of its New Hampshire setting.

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** Updike's ''TheWitchesOfEastwick'' ''Literature/TheWitchesOfEastwick'' cross-pollinated HollywoodNewEngland with LovecraftCountry. The fictional town of Eastwick has since become conflated with the actual town of Ipswich since much of TheFilmOfTheBook was filmed there, while the setting of the book was modeled after a small village in Rhode Island named Wickford which looks pretty much like a cross between the two.
* ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'' ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'' makes much of its New Hampshire setting.



* William Dean Howells' classic ''TheRiseOfSilasLapham'' is set in Boston.

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* William Dean Howells' classic ''TheRiseOfSilasLapham'' ''Literature/TheRiseOfSilasLapham'' is set in Boston.



* The eponymous island in S. M. Stirling's ''IslandInTheSeaOfTime'' trilogy is Nantucket. In his {{Emberverse}} series it's Ground Zero for the Change (the same event that sends Nantucket back thousands of years in time) and is visited by Rudi and his fellow Questers [[spoiler: where he acquires the Sword of the Lady]].

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* The eponymous island in S. M. Stirling's ''IslandInTheSeaOfTime'' ''Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime'' trilogy is Nantucket. In his {{Emberverse}} series it's Ground Zero for the Change (the same event that sends Nantucket back thousands of years in time) and is visited by Rudi and his fellow Questers [[spoiler: where he acquires the Sword of the Lady]].
18th May '16 3:07:55 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''NewsRadio'', a botched speech therapy session has Lisa speaking in her native Boston accent, which she had dropped for being too embarrassing. It's also implied that it might have been intentional to ruin her radio voice.

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* In ''NewsRadio'', ''Series/NewsRadio'', a botched speech therapy session has Lisa speaking in her native Boston accent, which she had dropped for being too embarrassing. It's also implied that it might have been intentional to ruin her radio voice.
9th May '16 4:23:17 PM nlpnt
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** Similarly, Vermont is happy to tell you at length about its trees and skiing. The only cities that exist are Burlington and Brattleboro, the latter of which is technically a town and is known only because people coming up from MA, CT, or NYC usually pass through it and/or stop there to get gas and food or to find some way to get their kids to shut up.

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** Similarly, Vermont is happy to tell you at length about its trees and skiing. The only cities that exist are Burlington (We All Live In Chittenden County is a thing in local media) and Brattleboro, the latter of which is technically a town and is known only because people coming up from MA, CT, or NYC usually pass through it and/or stop there to get gas and food or to find some way to get their kids to shut up.
17th Apr '16 11:37:44 PM CaptEquinox
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* ''Film/{{Spotlight}} has lots of Pahk Yer Cah at Hahvad Yahd.

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* ''Film/{{Spotlight}} ''Film/{{Spotlight}}'' has lots of Pahk Yer Cah at Hahvad Yahd.Yahd, by both working-class and middle-class characters.
17th Apr '16 11:36:36 PM CaptEquinox
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* In Ronald Colman's one Academy Award-winning film, ''A Double Life'', he has an affair with a coffee shop waitress (Shelley Winters' film debut) who tells him that he sounds like Baaston.

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* In Ronald Colman's one Academy Award-winning film, ''A Double Life'', he has an affair with a coffee shop waitress (Shelley Winters' film debut) who tells him that he sounds like Baaston. (Colman was English-Scots, and spoke in his normal voice for this film.)


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* ''Film/{{Spotlight}} has lots of Pahk Yer Cah at Hahvad Yahd.
4th Apr '16 7:45:38 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* '''Merrimack Valley''': Suburban sprawl and lots of it, especially as you cross into New Hampshire. Do not, under any circumstances, ever enter into [[WretchedHive Lawrence]] unless you have a deathwish.

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* '''Merrimack Valley''': Suburban sprawl and lots of it, especially as you cross into New Hampshire. Hampshire (Nashua in particular is ''legendary'' for its vast loosely-connected web of strip malls, chain restaurants, and office parks near the Mass border). Do not, under any circumstances, ever enter into [[WretchedHive Lawrence]] unless you have a deathwish.
5th Mar '16 8:08:39 AM HasturHasturHastur
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This trope mostly covers Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and eastern Massachusetts (UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, Plymouth, Cape Cod, and the islands). When Connecticut appears, it tends to be depicted as a bunch of rich suburbs of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity (a drive from parts of CT to NYC is roughly only an hour!) filled with [[InsufferableGenius insufferable geniuses]] who are/were educated at posh universities like Yale, though cities not named New Haven tend to be portrayed as decrepit, crime-ridden [[WretchedHive shitholes]] that are essentially the East Coast's version of the Rust Belt (ironic as those living near it consider it quite the opposite; the parts near Yale aren't half bad, but it gets pretty awful as you head away from it, and there are some parts that are ''unbelievably'' dangerous even by national standards). Western Massachusetts ("west'a Woostah"), for all intents and purposes, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg does not exist]] (if you ask a lot of people from West Mass this is truth in television, particularly when dealing with a Bostonian; as the saying goes, "west'a Woostah, it's a different place".). On the rare occasions where things are set "west'a Woostah", expect to see lots of farmland, as well as college kids if it takes place in the city (and lesbians if it takes place in Northampton, which, although a stereotype, is certainly TruthInTelevision if you ask anyone who lives in the Five College area, ''especially'' if they actually go to Smith). Springfield serves as a rough analogue to Boston, but it is seldom, if ever seen in fiction; the more cynical would probably chalk this up to no one wanting to set foot in Springfield, Holyoke, or Chicopee, and most Western MA residents would probably agree with this. In turn, the Berkshires are unknown even to most Western MA residents; outside of Pittsfield and North Adams, the rest of the area is basically another plane of existence, and if it is acknowledged, it's usually treated as part of Upstate New York in everything but name. As anyone from Boston will tell you, it's a wicked good city, though the roads are wicked retahded. In addition, there's a new competitor in the cliché-stakes: "Southie", home of the {{Southies}}, which (as depicted in media) is not so much South Boston as it is a crime-ridden, extremely northerly borough of [[BigApplesauce New York]]. Whaya they tawk funny. Lastly, anywhere in Central Mass and the Merrimack Valley that isn't Worcester is either a bedroom community for Boston, Worcester, Hartford, CT, or Manchester, NH (with all the suburban sprawl that one would expect; this is largely TruthInTelevision depending on how close to New Hampshire you are, as Nashua and Merrimack are particularly infamous for this, though it becomes increasingly rural as you head towards Worcester, Hubbardston and Barre generally being where the suburbs become rural) or a [[PlaceWorseThanDeath no man's land]], be it rural (the entire Quabbin Valley, which is known for being one of the poorest and most deprived areas of the state, with Athol being particularly infamous even among those who live in the area) or urban (Fitchburg and Lawrence are known for being some of the worst cities in the state, while Lowell, Haverhill, and Leominster are also pretty terrible).

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This trope mostly covers Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and eastern Massachusetts (UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, Plymouth, Cape Cod, and the islands). When Connecticut appears, it tends to be depicted More individualized stereotypes of the less-covered areas are as a bunch of rich suburbs of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity (a drive from parts of CT to NYC is roughly only an hour!) filled with [[InsufferableGenius insufferable geniuses]] who are/were educated at posh follows:
* '''Connecticut''': Posh
universities like Yale, though cities not named New Haven tend to be portrayed as decrepit, crime-ridden [[WretchedHive shitholes]] that are essentially the East Coast's version of the Rust Belt (ironic as those living near it consider it quite the opposite; the parts near Yale aren't half bad, but it gets pretty awful as you head away from it, and there are some parts that are ''unbelievably'' dangerous even by national standards). Western Massachusetts ("west'a Woostah"), for all intents and purposes, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg does not exist]] (if you ask a lot of people from West Mass this is truth in television, particularly when dealing with a Bostonian; as the saying goes, "west'a Woostah, it's a different place".). On the rare occasions where things are set "west'a Woostah", expect to see lots of farmland, as well as old money, endless suburban sprawl, tons of rich spoiled brats, and some horrifically nasty cities with very small pockets of safety that you do not stray from under any circumstances (Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport all come to mind). Rural CT overlaps with LovecraftCountry.
* '''Western Mass''': Farmland, woods,
college kids if it takes place kids, and more farmland. Add in the city (and lesbians if it takes place you're in Northampton, which, although a stereotype, is certainly TruthInTelevision if you ask Northampton (which anyone who lives in the Five College area, ''especially'' if they actually go there and/or goes to Smith). Springfield serves as a rough analogue to Boston, but it Smith can tell you is seldom, if ever seen in fiction; the more cynical would probably chalk this up to no one wanting to set foot in very much TruthInTelevision). Stay out of Springfield, Holyoke, or Chicopee, and most Western MA residents would probably agree with this. In turn, the Berkshires are unknown even to most Western MA residents; outside of Pittsfield Chicopee at all cost, and North Adams, the rest of the area is basically it may not be a bad idea to just stick to Amherst and Northampton if you're averse to rednecks as well.
* '''Berkshires''': May as well be
another plane of existence, and if it is acknowledged, it's usually existence. Often treated as a part of Upstate upstate New York in everything but name. As anyone from Boston will tell you, it's a wicked good city, though with the roads are wicked retahded. In addition, there's a new competitor in the cliché-stakes: "Southie", home of the {{Southies}}, which (as depicted in media) is not so much South Boston as it is a crime-ridden, extremely northerly borough of [[BigApplesauce New York]]. Whaya they tawk funny. Lastly, anywhere in Central Mass serial numbers filed off.
* '''Central Mass''': 50/50 split between rednecks
and the Merrimack Valley that isn't Worcester is either a bedroom community communities for Boston, Worcester, Hartford, CT, or Manchester, NH (with all the suburban sprawl that one would expect; this is largely TruthInTelevision depending on how close to New Hampshire and (as you are, as Nashua and Merrimack are head south) Hartford. Also LovecraftCountry, particularly infamous [[DyingTown Athol]] (which formed the basis for this, though it becomes increasingly rural as Dunwich), and you head towards Worcester, Hubbardston and Barre generally being where the suburbs become rural) or a [[PlaceWorseThanDeath no man's land]], be it rural (the entire Quabbin Valley, which is known for being one of the poorest and most deprived areas of the state, with Athol being particularly infamous even among those who live in the area) or urban (Fitchburg and Lawrence are known for being some of the worst cities in the state, while Lowell, Haverhill, also want to avoid Fitchburg and Leominster are also pretty terrible).
like the plague.
* '''Merrimack Valley''': Suburban sprawl and lots of it, especially as you cross into New Hampshire. Do not, under any circumstances, ever enter into [[WretchedHive Lawrence]] unless you have a deathwish.
* '''North Shore''': Fishermen, townies, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick heroin]]. Also has some LovecraftCountry features, especially since Salem is located here.
* '''South Coast''': Everyone is Portuguese and Roman Catholic. Come for the caldo verde and malasadas, stay for the abandoned mill buildings, dirty needles, and endless rows of check-cashing outlets and rent-to-own stores if you're not passing through on your way to Rhode Island or Cape Cod.
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