“Top Ten Tuesday” is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Eight Settings I Would and Would Not Like To Live In.
In what seems to be an ongoing theme lately, I struggled a little with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt. I know, I know – When do I not? So, I decided to put my own twist on the topic this week to make things a little easier on myself. Below you’ll find a list of the fictional settings I would most like, and most hate, to live in. Note to self: Do not allow myself to be transported into a dystopian novel. It would spell almost certain doom.
Top Four Worlds I’d Love To Live In
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft And Wizardry:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I’m a twenty-five-year-old woman still anxiously awaiting her acceptance letter to this beloved magical institution. Need I say more?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Much like Hogwarts, Narnia is a world filled with magic and enchantment, where fauns, witches and anthropomorphized animals abound. I used to regularly dream of being transported to this extraordinarily realm as a child, and was even known to scrounge through the odd wardrobe in the vain hope I might discover a portal that would deliver me there. Oh, don’t look at me like that. Like you haven’t done it, too!
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Speaking as someone who grew up in a bustling urban environment, I’ve always been fascinated by small town settings. From the quirky locals to the quaint pastoral landscape, Avonlea in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables had everything I ever dreamt about and more. Having visited Prince Edward Island firsthand I can also personally attest to its beauty. While I suspect I might not be made for such a quiet, isolated place, the promise of my very own Gilbert Blythe might just be enough to entice me. I’ll even let him call me ‘Carrots’.
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Moonglass is likely my least favourite of Jessi Kirby’s novels (Although this is a little like saying that season two of The Wire is my least favourite – They’re all brilliant!) but one area in which this novel particularly excelled was in Kirby’s rendering of the setting. At the outset of the novel the protagonist and her father return to Crystal Cove, California, the beach where her parents first met, in an attempt to cope with her loss and repair their relationship. Kirby brings Crystal Cove to life with such vivid imagery that I could almost feel the sea breeze on my face and taste the saltwater on my tongue. I wanted to search for my very own sea glass and run on the beach every morning right alongside Anna. When can I move in to my very own cottage on the beach?
Top Four Worlds I’d Hate To Live In
Airstrip One, Oceania:
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
A world dominated by global conflict in which government surveillance and mind control run rampant and individualism is perceived as a threat punishable by torture, George Orwell’s brilliant Nineteen Eighty-Four single-handedly created the now-infamous ‘Big Brother’ and whose concepts have entered the public consciousness as the future we all dread and fear most. The scariest part of all? It no longer seems all that far-fetched.
The Republic of Gilead:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Often imitated but never quite matched, Margaret Atwood’s chilling, thought-provoking dystopian tale takes place in what is easily one of my most hated (and dreaded) of societies. A theocratic dictatorship in which women are subjugated and reduced to second-class citizens prized only for their reproductive abilities, The Republic of Gilead is like a nightmare come to life. A society in which women are forbidden even to read? Talk about a fate worse than death!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A searing satirization of Western society’s increasing preoccupation with reality television and the dangers of excessive governmental control, Panem is one fictional setting that anyone would be wise to steer clear of. Between the constant fear of being chosen as a tribute and one’s inability to ever rise above or change their social station, there’s a debilitating sense of hopelessness and defeat in Collin’s bleak dystopian vision. Is it any wonder why Panem and its surrounding districts are one of the last fictional places I would ever want to live?
The Spaceship ‘Godspeed’:
Across The Universe by Beth Revis
As endlessly fascinated as I was by Beth Revis’ ingenious, and often terrifying, setting, the spaceship ‘Godspeed’ is one of the very last places I would wish to live. The immensity of outer space has always intimidated me at the best of times, and I can only imagine how scary and suffocating it must be to be trapped on spaceship with no means of escape or change of scenery, particularly when events begin to take a turn for the dangerous, as they eventually do.
Now it’s your turn! Which fictional settings would you love or hate to live in, and why? Please let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!