There's a phrase that comes up when discussing Southern literature. You might've heard it:
The South is a place; East, North and West are merely directions.
This will make sense to anyone who has read To Kill A Mockingbird or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Authors like Harper Lee and John Berendt take you to places with distinct voices, characters and surroundings. You can hear the accents, feel the prejudice, and picture the unique landscape and architecture.