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I think every reader thinks of being a part of the books they read, and has had more than a few dreams being in those books too.
Everyone who has ever dreamed that has a list of their favourite worlds they’d want to be a part of, so I’m making mine official.
The criteria for this list is that I will be assuming I am a person of at least minor importance in the world, because assuming I am just a dime a dozen character, my experience of the world wouldn’t be very much…here goes.
NUMBER X: INKWORLD
This one really only made my list because I am assuming that I have the ability to, or know someone who has the ability to bring books to life. It would be amazing to be able to bring any other book to life and meet the characters or have them live in my world, assuming I don’t accidently bring a dragon or some beast to this world and destroy it.
NUMBER IX: STAR WARS
The Star Wars Universe made this list because of how vast it is. There are so many planets that could be explored, and some interesting technology that would fascinate me. Now I’m gonna assume I’ve got a little bit of money or skill that would allow me to travel around the galaxy, and not some moisture farmer that never lets me leave Tatooine.
NUMBER VIII: OZ
I was a little surprised myself that Oz made it into my list. It was an honorable mention when I first started out, but then I realized how cool it could really be. I mean there is witches, munchkins, the Lollipop Guild, talking lions, and who knows what else. I haven’t had too much experience with Oz, but I think it would be an amazing world to explore and expereince.
NUMBER VII: INFERNAL DEVICES
For those that don’t recognize this world right away its the Shadowhunter World, like City of Bones, but set in the Victorian era, and not modern times. Assuming I can be some nameless Shadowhunter, I would love to be able to experience werewolves, vampires, demons, and countless other monsters and demons as a part of my regular life. Plus the interaction between the Shadowhunter world and the Victorian era was much more interesting to me than the modern time interaction. The only reason it’s coming in at #7 is because being a nameless Shadowhunter in that world probably means I would die pretty young, and I’m not a big fan of dying.
NUMBER VI: HOGWARTS
I think every book lover wants to live in the Harry Potter world, whether they’ll admit it or not. For this one I’m assuming that I have some magical powers, and attended Hogwarts or something. It’s magic. How could you not want magic? It would be cool living a “secret life” and hiding your magic from Muggles. Like any HP fan I’ve gone on to Pottermore and been sorted, and turns out I’m a Gryffindor. Don’t know if that would be the same if it were real, but just going through the wizarding experience would be amazing.
NUMBER V: TENERANT (KINGKILLER)
This may come as a surprise, but I think Tenerant would be one of the best worlds to live in. The magic is subtle, and doesn’t influence regular life very much, but it is still there. I don’t really have a lot to say about it because there is so much of it that is still a mystery, but the mystery is why it’s #5 on my list. I don’t imagine I would be smart enough to be a student at The University, but I imagine I am somewhat smart and have enough money to explore the world. I would love to learn from someone who attended The University, and maybe pick up a trick or two.
NUMBER IV: NARNIA
I think the biggest appeal of Narnia would be the different talking animals and the different creatures that inhabit the world. The one catch is that I don’t want to live my whole life in Narnia. I’d want to time jump basically. Come and go as I please, and see the change in Narnia every time I came back. It seems that humans were a rarity for some time in Narnia, so it would be cool to be a rare creature in the world, and then maybe come back to a point where humans were much more common (like in the books basically). I think my biggest goal would be to document Narnia’s history. Maybe come back every so often and talk to people who could tell me what happened since I was there last.
NUMBER III: RANDLAND (WHEEL OF TIME)
I’m obsessed with Wheel of Time right now so that is definitely a contributing factor as to why its #3 on my list. I’m gonna say I lived before Rand lived, so I don’t have the books influencing my life at all. The biggest reason I would want to live there is because of the Aes Sedai. They are such a common part of the world that it would make life so much more interesting. I don’t expect to be anyone of great import, but maybe I could be a gleeman and travel the world, collecting stories and interacting with people from all over the world. PLUS, maybe if I was lucky I could be like Perrin and speak to wolves…but thats just a dream.
NUMBER II: MARVEL
Who wouldn’t want to be a superhero? Even some minor power would be cool, even a seemingly useless power can be useful in certain situations. The reason the Marvel Universe is #2 on my list is because whether or not I was a superhero, that world would be amazing. Yes, I know there is a high risk of dying from countless laser beams, finger snaps, buildings falling, or even interdimensional portals opening in my bedroom while I was sleeping and cutting me in half, but I think the risk is worth the reward. Getting to see Spider-Man swing by or climbing up my buildings wall would make 23 year old me happier than childhood me.
Middle Earth Westeros DC Universe Star Trek Azeroth
NUMBER I: ROSHAR
The Stormlight Archive universe is by far my favourite world that I would want to live in. I’m just going to assume that I am not a member of the Knights Radiant, but that I am a light eyed person. The biggest reason I would want to live in that world is entirely because of the entire world’s dependence on gemstones. They’re used as currency, for light, for the Knight’s powers, and a bunch of other things I couldn’t begin to mention. I’ve always loved the medieval themed stories with knights and swords and stuff, but The Stormlight archive is the most interesting one that I have ever experienced.
What do you think about my Top 10 list? What worlds would be in your list? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. I’d love to see what worlds everyone wants to live in.
In case you missed any of this week’s posts here they are:
Thursday: Thursday Thoughts
Friday: Quote of the Day
First Thursday Thoughts of the year and I figured what better than letting you know about my 2019 reading goals.
With my last semester of school coming to an end in April I’ll hopefully have a lot more time to read after that, but I still read when I can.
I’m currently reading book 6 of the Wheel of Time series; Lord of Chaos. I’m hopefully going to finish it up by the end of the month and then start reading Norse Mythology and Fire & Blood before stepping back into Wheel of Time for A Crown of Swords.
I’m hoping to get all of those done by the end of school.
Come summer I don’t have many books planned, but I’ll hopefully get 3 done by August (I’m hoping to move out this spring so that might slow me down), with another 4 or so done by the end of the year.
I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, but I tend to read a lot of books that have close to 1,000 pages so it takes me a few days.
Lord of Chaos
Fire and Blood
A Crown of Swords
End of 2019
7 other books
It’s a little ambitious, but I think its definitely an attainable goal.
What books are you looking forward to reading this year? Let me know in the comments.
So as a book lover you can probably assume that I asked for some books from Santa. Since I have a giant stack of books to read I tried to limit myself to asking for a few only.
I asked for:
- Fire and Blood (George R.R Martin)
- Norse Mythology (Neil Gaiman)
- Mistborn Series (Brandon Sanderson)
Santa was kind to me and I ended up getting Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and an Imgur Secret Santa participant gave me the first three books of the Dragonriders of Pern Series.
I’m really excited to start reading them. I’ve wanted the Norse Mythology book for a long time and that will probably be the next book I read, Dragonriders may follow that, but we will see.
I figured since it was just Christmas, it would be a perfect time to share with you some of the books I got as gifts and announce the start of the On My Bookshelf Book Club, which will begin in February. It will serve as a platform for some good discussion in a monthly book club, as well as some updates on different events and other things as they come up!
I hope you all had a lovley Christmas and I would love to hear what books you got for Christmas! Let me know in the comments section or fire me an email.
Since most of you are at home or with family I figure most people won’t be using the writing prompt this week but I’ll still try it out.
You wake up on Christmas morning, in your house that you live in alone, and there’s a present sitting outside your bedroom door. It wasn’t there when you went to bed.
You bend down and rip off the bow…
Have fun!! I’d love to hear what someone makes of this.
I think this book was a classic book to read for my generation. Probably helped that Disney ended up making a movie out of it.
The movie was pretty good, and I actually think I enjoyed the movie more than the book for once. The only reason being that I saw the movie first, and read the book a few years later when I was a bit too old for it.
I enjoyed the book itself, and have a beautiful copy of it and the other 6 books in the Narnia series, but it was a bit too simple for me. It’s not a very long book so it never had a chance to dig deeper and become a true epic fantasy, but I think it did a pretty good job for a kids book.
I know there was the whole Aslan = God and all that symbolism, but I didn’t really care. I didn’t look at it like that, and I try not to read books that way. If I notice it then fine, but I don’t go looking for symbolism in books too often.
The one thing I really enjoyed about this book was the creatures. This was the first book I read that had different mythical creatures.
I had read some books that had dragons, or some elves, maybe a few dwarves or fairies, but this was one that had all of them thrown together and some I had never even heard of.
I had mentioned how simple the story was, and that it didn’t really dive deeper, but oddly enough I think that was part of what made the story work. I don’t think you could have had a big world like Narnia and find out every detail of it, because that was part of the magic.
When you climbed through the wardrobe with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, you were discovering the story as they did. You didn’t see the far off corners because our main characters didn’t see the far off corners.
That’s one thing I really enjoy about fantasy books if it’s done properly. Some worlds are so developed it can get confusing because each bit of information is just thrown at us. Other worlds, like Narnia, we discover as each of our characters do. Sure we get some back story or some history of the world, but it comes as needed, not out of the blue.
There are some other stories, one of which I’m reading now, that develop the world through mysticism. You’ll have a giant world full of stories, yet only follow the main characters. Well it’s tricky giving these characters the complete story of the world through their experiences, so they learn about it via magic of some sort.
I think each type of worldbuilding has its uses, and all can be effective in its own way. I think The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe really does a good job of sticking to its type of worldbuilding and making sure the story fits to that theme.
It’s also fitting because in the book the 4 siblings meet Santa and seeing as it’s Christmas Eve I thought there should be some reference to the holiday.
Since it’s the holidays I’d love to hear what books you guys are hoping to get from Santa! Let me know in the comments.
Verdict: Worth the read if you’re younger or okay with kids fantasy. It’s good, but might be too basic for some.
Next week I’m gonna take a look at a curious case about a dog.
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas!