Welcome back to my first Top 5 Tuesday entry in a long time! (I know it’s been a while because I can’t remember the last time I participated! I blame my off-line life for getting in the way…) This week’s topic, brought to you as always by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, is Top 5 Worlds I Want to Live In.
I’m sure that every reader has had that moment where they think, “Man, if I could only slip into that book and live with those characters, I’d be happy.” I remember thinking that a lot when I was younger and we moved around a ton (military family). For the most part, books were my main friends and were my only source of entertainment (until I got into video games, that is).
But what worlds would I want to live in, or even just take a vacation to?
1 – Middle Earth, The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Of course I’d have Middle Earth on this list. I want to see Rivendell, I want to go partying with the hobbits, I want to see the Lonely Mountain and meet the dwarves and the elves. There are so many adventures to get into in Middle Earth, although there seems to be quite a lot of darkness, too. I guess the Shire would be one of the “safer” places to be, especially if I go after the fall of Sauron. I think I’d totally fit in with the hobbit way of life, although probably more along the lines of the Baggins family, as I think I’d have quite a bit of Tookishness in me as well.
2 – Narnia, The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
This is one I remember more from my childhood than anything else. I wanted to go and see the White Witch’s castle, I wanted to pet Aslan, and I wanted to have tea with Mr. Tumnus (although I hate tea, so maybe he’ll have hot chocolate for me instead?). Narnia is another one of those places where there’s a lot of darkness lurking beneath the seemingly-calm surface, but again, I feel like you just have to go there during the right time, like maybe when Kings and Queens of Narnia are reigning in Cair Paravel. Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy.
3 – Hogwarts, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Was there ever any doubt? I’m sure this one is showing up on every single list today. What could be better than being a wizard? I’m sure that I would end up as a muggle were I to visit Harry’s world, though. My luck is just that bad. I want to visit Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, go through Diagon Alley, experience the secret passages of Hogwarts. I don’t even care that Harry and Ron and everyone else are already grown and gone — I just want to be able to solve my problems with magic, dangit. Accio, Remote!
4 – The OASIS, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Okay, so I really don’t want to experience the post-apocalyptic outside world that comes along with Ready Player One, even though it seems like that’s the way the world is heading if we don’t figure out how to utilize renewable resources. However, I very much do want to experience the OASIS itself. Can you imagine being able to invent yourself however you want, whenever you want? Although there are pay-to-play parts, I would gladly spend money in that game if it meant I could travel to places I could have only ever dreamed of (although I’ll stay far away from the Westeros-themed planet!). I’d have my own Gundam and make my way through Gotham City and so many other places. It’s like everything else mashed into one! It does run the risk of you never being able to return to the world of reality, though…
5 – Redwall, The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
This one is a little different because it would require me to change from being a human into being some sort of small woodland creature. And since the only creature I’d ever want to be is a cat, and cats are kinda frowned upon in a society that’s headed mostly by mice and other small rodents… I’m not sure how that would work out. Maybe I’ll be an otter instead. There’s so much food and fun, and even though the books themselves are super dark, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel somewhere. There are friends, there is food, and there are so many interesting things you can do. I’d love to explore Redwall Abbey and learn all about the history from everyone else there.
Honorable Mention – The world of Warriors, Warriors Series by Erin Hunter
Only the first series, though, because the other ones move too far away from Thunderclan (by far my favorite clan). When I was younger, I used to dream about being a cat in a clan and explaining to all of them how humans actually worked, and how they can exploit the human world for their own gain. It will admit that I haven’t read past book four of the third series (the power of three, I think it is?) because I had someone spoil the ending of that series for me and I just couldn’t bring myself to read them any more. I think there are like five or even six Warriors series now, and I know I’ll never pick them up again. They’ll sit on my shelf for the rest of time eternal.
I’m sure there aren’t any surprises on this list, especially because Middle Earth was the first one on it! But what about you? What worlds would you like to live in? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.