Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings
This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings, which reminded me of this awesome thing I saw on iwastesomuchtime.com:
My brother, SIL, and I had a contest as to who could recognize more, but that soon devolved into seeing if we could get them all as a group. I think we were missing one, but I can’t remember which one. I’m a little (ok, horribly) late posting this, but for reasons I can’t explain, I spent most of today thinking it was Wednesday. I can be a little bit clueless sometimes. And it did not help that I, Elizabeth, am doing the list alone this week (ahh), so did not have the benefit of usual conferencing to remind me.
Anyway, my list…
1. Magical World of Harry Potter. I cannot think of a single person I know that would not jump at the chance if they received a Hogwarts letter today. And I think that says something! Not only do we want to be able to use magic, but we also want to be a part of Harry’s world–attend Hogwarts, watch (or play in) a real Quidditch match, stroll through Diagon Alley, and soooo much more. I confess I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios about a month ago and absolutely loved it! Now imagine the real deal!
2. Narnia. Another world I would love to visit. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m picking most vivid worlds or places I’d actually like to go on vacation. Talking animals, light posts, talking animals… Yes I know I said talking animals twice, but think about it!
3. Half Bloods Camp. Ok, yes so far I’m sticking with the map I found, but I really love the Percy Jackson series. Plus, I love to think of the Empire State building as Mount Olympus and the hotel in Las Vegas as the Home of the Lotus Eaters. I thought Rick Riordan did an amazing job weaving his world into ours. I don’t want to vacation here though. I think that usually involves being chased by monsters first…
4. Tortall and the surrounding countries. Finally I’ve deviated off the cool map. What can I say? I really like worlds with magic. And Tamora Pierce knows how to create a world and use magic. I actually do want to visit here too.
5. Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies world. One thing amazing about Scott Westerfeld is that he creates many worlds/societies inside of one world. He creates the society Tally lives in where all they can think about is becoming a pretty, the world that lives outside that society, the pretties world and more. And the reader can really see how Tally changes by being a part of all these worlds.
6. Middle Earth. New world, new languages all crafted masterfully. J.R.R. Tolkien, need I say more?
7. Stardust‘s realm beyond the wall. Confession: this is the only story I can think of where I actually prefer the movie version to the book version. To be fair though, I really love the movie. Regardless, the world created by Neil Gaiman is awesome in both book and movie form.
8. Archeld and its neighbors from Victoria Hanely’s The Seer and the Sword. This is actually one of my favorite young adult books and has been since I read it in middle school. Love the story and the world in which it’s set.
9. Panem. I would certainly never want to visit here, but I cannot deny that Suzanne Collins has created an amazing and intricate world here. Her descriptions make you feel the desperation in sector 12, the excess in the Capitol, and so much more.
10. Pride and Prejudice. Right now, y’all are probably thinking crazy Elizabeth! But my high school paper on this book was actually about what the descriptions of the homes signified about their owners’ characters. For instance, Pemberly is on a beautiful hill with streams running down it, and it’s owner is above everyone else, but more in depth. I can’t exactly remember all this off the top of my head. Since every house somehow fit in with my argument, I can’t imagine that being entirely a coincidence. And if it’s not, then I think it’s super awesome that Jane Austen put that much thought into her settings even if the larger scale setting was her own world.