Saturday, September 25, 2010

Top Ten Picks: Fictional Places

Top Ten Picks is hosted by Jillian of Random Ramblings. Who doesn't love to be swept away in a fictional world? I love it when a book completely me in. Yet there are some books where, after putting them down, I just wish I could go live there because the place that the author describes sound so amazing. But as you all know, I love adaptations, so not all of my choices are strictly literary. So without further ado, here are my very favorite fictional places. The ones that I wish really existed.

10.) The world of Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Based on my review and the giveaway I held a while back, you all know how much I love this book. It has magic. Action. Spells. Romance. Danger. What more could I ask for from a fantasy novel?

9.) The perfect world in Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Talk about creeptastic. I know a lot of people who believe they would be too freaked out by this novel. I not only love the world in the book, but the way it's brought to life in the adaptation. The animation is beautiful, yet still scary.

8.) Nevernever from The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Raise your hand if I love this series! One of the things I loved about Nevernever was the number of frightening creatures lurking around every bend. While I would probably be toast after five minutes there, it made for a thrilling read.

7.) Neverland, originally from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
I will confess, Peter Pan sits on my bookshelf, waiting to be read. However, I've definitely seen at least three adaptations of this novel, and Neverland simply enchants me every time. I'm not sure what it is about this place, but it draws me in, so I'm excited to read about it.

6.) Tortall from too many Tamora Pierce books to name
This world is full of magic, knights and ladies. Sign me up!

5.) Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
Where do I begin? I love the Shire with its cozy Hobbit holes, Rivendell and even the magnificence of Gondor. Furthermore, I think the films directed by Peter Jackson do this world justice. I proudly own the extended editions of all three movies.

4.) Narnia from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Every time I walk into my coat closet, all I see are coats. I keep hoping this will change. Lucy, Edmund Peter and Susan meet so many fantastic creatures in Narnia, and it has really cool things like lions who can fly. Honestly, I love everything about Narnia.

3.) Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I keep waiting for my acceptance letter to come. Wouldn't it be awesome to be able to apparate from place to place? You wouldn't have to deal with traffic, or your GPS telling you to drive straight through a construction zone. Not to mention, the Hogwarts castle and grounds sound magical. I want to read in the Gryffindor common room and spend Christmas having snowball fights with the Weasleys.

2.) Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
If you're new to this blog, let me tell you something about myself: I love Jane Austen, and Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorite novels. I spent a year in England and had the good fortune to Stourhead Estate, where part of the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie was filmed, resulting in an irrational desire to live on an English estate. So why is Pemberley one of my favorites? Why, it's attached to none other than Mr. Darcy!

1.) The library from Beauty and the Beast
Yes, that's right, my top pick is actually from a Disney movie. However, this location is certainly literary. In a perfect world, I'd love to have that library. At any rate, I hope my books at least get their own room.

Now that you all know my choices, what are the literary worlds you'd most like to visit, the ones you wish were real?

To find out where I got the photos I've used in this post, just click on the photos themselves.


  1. Oh, no. The library from Beauty and the Beast is mine. I'll play the age card on you. Because I'm older and I said so. :-)

    Great choices!

  2. Fabulous list! Oh man, your 1-3 would be very similar to mine though I may place Hogwarts as my #1.

  3. Love that list! Pemberley is an awesome choice :)



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