Sometimes a story can only be as good as its setting, and when that setting is Louisiana, it’s bound to be great.
The state’s vibrant culture and rich history provide the perfect setting for a magical film or captivating story.
From Disney’s The Princess and the Frog to Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire, Louisiana has been the setting for many great works.
To add to our knowledge, we asked you about your favorite books and movies set in Louisiana. Here’s what you said:
“A Confederation of Fools” by John Kennedy Toole:
John Kennedy Tool’s A Confederacy of Dunces is by far a most recommended Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical comedy set in New Orleans and following hilarious protagonist Ignatius J. Reilly through the city where he encounters a ” wild cast of characters meets,” and is described by LSU Press as “an offbeat but believable tribute to a city defined by its parade of eccentric residents.”
Caroline, from Baton Rouge, said she finally read A Confederacy of Dunces last year and it split her sides.
“Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice
Set in New Orleans, “Interview with the Vampire” is narrated by protagonist Louis, who, according to Anne Rice’s website, tells how he became a vampire, how he adjusted to his new way of life, and how he bonded with his new ally, Claudia discovered himself.
Jinxy from New Orleans called Rice “a true NOLA storyteller”.
“The Awakening” by Kate Chopin
Set in New Orleans and Grand Isle, The Awakening follows protagonist Edna Pontellier as she struggles with infidelity, identity and the role of women in her society. The novel is also known for its ambiguous ending.
Daniel, from New Orleans, described the novel as “very powerful” after borrowing a copy from a friend.
“The Witching Hour” by Anne Rice
Another Anne Rice novel, The Witching Hour, tells the story of a neurosurgeon named Rowan Mayfair who descends from a line of ancient witches. According to Penguin Random House’s website, Rowan finds the corpse of a New Orleans man and brings him back to life with a new power he didn’t have before.
Although this is just one of Rice’s Mayfair series, the trilogy had such an impact on readers that one commenter said she named her daughter after the protagonist, Rowan.
“A Streetcar Called Desire” by Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, a New Orleans classic, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that follows Blanche DuBois and her conflict with her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.
Inspired by the play, the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival hosts a Stella screaming contest in the French Quarter each year. It just shows how people feel about this piece.
“The Forbidden Key”
The Skeleton Key is a highly recommended and haunting film full of mystery, thrills and dark magic. Kate Hudson plays a hospice nurse on a New Orleans plantation, where she delves into the history and mysteries of the home, according to IMDB.
Alexa, from New Orleans, said the movie “still haunts me.”
“The Princess and the Frog”
A fresh take on a classic fairy tale, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog is set in New Orleans and follows Tiana on a magical adventure around the bayou after she kisses a frog who was once a prince.
The love for this film goes beyond Louisiana. Disney also announced in early July that Splash Mountain would be transformed into a Princess and the Frog attraction called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
About good friendships and good gossip, Steel Magnolias follows a young stylist who moves to Louisiana and befriends a group of women who work at the local beauty salon, according to IMDB.
Set in Louisiana, Eve’s Bayou focuses on Eve Batiste as she learns about the role of women in her family, mystical powers and the truth about her father and her affluent lifestyle.
Fair, from New Orleans, said Eve’s Bayou was her favorite Sunday afternoon movie of all time.