Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

If You Could Live in the World of One Novel, Which One Would You Choose?

One of the joys of reading a novel is immersing yourself in a different world, whether it's the verdant hills of Middle Earth, the magic around every corner at Hogwarts, the intrepid and dangerous seas aboard the Pequod, or spaceships and strange planets hitchhiking around the galaxy.

If you could pick one fictional world/setting/time period to live in, which one would it be?






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Josin L. McQuein said...

The problem with this is, my favorite novels are set in times/places/circumstances I wouldn't want to live through. That's what makes them exciting.

Patty said...

Send me to Hogwarts.

stacy said...

Yep, Hogwarts. Or Middle Earth.

I often can't decide which.

Berlynn said...

Hogwarts. But I never got my letter.

Crazy Cat Lady said...

Is it too cliche to say Harry Potter?

emily sparkles said...

Zamonia; the fantastical land featured in Walter Moers' novels!
It's a bit of a tie; I want to say Narnia - but The Last Battle took care of that. Middle Earth would also be wonderful, but that's just too cliché. :)

Lynn said...

I've spent a lot of time in Hogwarts but I think I'd prefer to go to Idris. (Home of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series)

Jaimie said...

Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Hoggy Hogwarts. I don't care if everyone else says it, either.

Violet said...

Any Amelia Bedelia story...lots of misunderstandings and most importantly, comedy.

Surly Jason said...

The Commonwealth from Peter F Hamilton's saga.

Nancy said...

The Limberlost with The Harvester (Gene Stratton Porter)around 1910--never a place so beautiful or a man so perfect...

Leah said...

Well, Harry Potter is always a must, but going outside of cliche, I'd say Percy Jackson or Graceling

Jeff Abbott said...

The Road. what fun it would be!

Thewriterofone said...

Definitely Hogwarts.

Rachel said...

Anne Mccaffrey 's Pern
AH to be a Dragonrider

John said...

George Orwell's 1984.

Oh wait...

Josin L. McQuein said...

Okay, I changed my mind.

If I could book hop like Thursday Next, that would be cool. (No, I've never read the books, but they're on my list. I love the concept.) Being confined to one alternate reality would be too much like real-reality.

Gimmee a prose portal.

D.M.Cunningham said...

Terabithia!

Heidi Ellis said...

For me it would be Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover.

Dianne Young said...

No question! I'd want to live in Jasper Fforde's world with Thursday Next, as a literary detective.

treena & kootenay said...

Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree by Tariq Ali makes me want to live in Spain (al-Andalus)just before the collapse of this world.

Hillary said...

It would have to be a world I first discovered when I was younger and easily captivated.

Rachel, Pern is a good one.

I think I would have to go with Daria, from Robin McKinley's Hero & the Crown/The Blue Sword. Not sure which era, though.

Bob said...

I'd pick one of my favorite SciFi series, the Honor Harrington novels. Manticore here I come!

Rebecca said...

Fie Eoin.

Oh, you mean someplace everyone has heard of? I think maybe the Leviathan world, on the Darwinist side. But that may be because it's the most recent book I've read :)

Lucy Coats said...

You're playing my favourite game here.... It's so hard to choose. Gondor under Aragorn? Hogsmeade? Almost anywhere in Robin McKinley's books (although the only place I'd want to be in the New Arcadia of 'Sunshine' is the coffee shop, stuffing my face with cakes). Then there's Chrestomanci's world from Diana Wynne Jones, and Tamora Pierce's Tortall. I'd make a very good fantasy tourist, I think, possibly starting off in Ankh Morpork.

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Dara said...

That's too hard.

How about if I could go to that time period but not be seen? I don't think I'd like to live in some of the historical times that my favorite novels are set in...

Renee Collins said...

Middle Earth. Specifically the Grey Havens. That way, I could live forever with my sweet, sweet Legolas. ;)

Liz said...

When I was a kid, I wanted to live on Pern, surrounded by music and fire lizards like Menolly in Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonsinger" series.

I'm Too Old for This said...

I would live in Raymond Feist's Midkemia. Although there is constant danger through the series, the people and places are wondrous and would be amazing as a place to exist.

Richard said...

Osterin!

Wait, are we allowed to use our own worlds?

Shallee said...

Hm...tough choice. I'd probably pick the world of my childhood favorite, Anne of Green Gables. I always thought Avonlea sounded lovely. Come to think of it, I can go there in real life! I feel a vacation coming on...

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

I'd say Watership Down or Duncton Wood, but I don't like enclosed places...

Shelli said...

Willie Wonka's chocolate factory. Mmmmm, happy thoughts. On a side note, I can see why J. K. Rowlings's books were so dang popular. No matter how old we are, we still want that invitation to Hogwarts!

Stephanie Garber said...

I think I would want to live in Diego from Scott Westerfeld's Specials.

Marilyn Peake said...

Great question. Only one book? Probably the Hogwarts school of HARRY POTTER minus the problems. (Almost all literature involves lots and lots of problems that the main character must oversome.) I would also love to meet the women in THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES.

Ryan Thomas Riddle said...

Aboard a ship of the line during the Napoleonic Era, Horatio Hornblower-style.

Lisa Desrochers said...

Mine!

But seriously, MINE!

Okay, really, I'd go with Tolkien's world of Middle Earth. Dangerous, for sure, but so magical.

Julie said...

I would love to live on the tiny planet of The Little Prince, with just his single rose, and perhaps a sheep.

denise krochta said...

My choice would be Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. Of course, I'd like to be in the aristocracy. (I know, socially unacceptable, but it would be fun!)

Sandy Shin said...

I'm terribly unoriginal, but Hogwarts, without a doubt.

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Connie said...

First choice--my own novels. I've dreamt my way into my own books and nothing is as cool as meeting your own characters face to face.

Second Choice--I'd like to book hop like Thursday Next. Nothing's quite so funny as finding Marianne Dashwood smoking a cigarette behind the manor when she's "off-scene."

P. Grier said...

Either Terre De Ange, from Kushiel's Dart or The Outsiders

silvia said...

Anne of Green Gables!

bridgetcarle said...

I was thinking Rivendell or Lothlorien from Lord of the Rings (and naturally with me as one of the elves), but then I read someone mention Secret Life of Bees. I've always wished I had the Boatwright sisters in my life. If June didn't mind too much, I might want to at least vacation there.

Valerie said...

Definitely Anne of Green Gables home in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. Ah, to walk through the haunted wood and the white way delight!
Another place I thought was beautiful as well was the island in Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Reggie said...

Wonderland! I'd hang out with the Caterpillar and dispense wisdom disguised as nonsense... or is that nonsense disguised as wisdom?

Marilyn Peake said...

Speaking of the real world and book worlds colliding, have you seen that the real-world Foucault’s Pendulum has snapped? – Foucault’s Pendulum cable snaps, causing irreparable damage.

Cora Zane said...

I probably wouldn't survive one week in most of the books I like to read. To be safe, I pick Chiba City, Japan in William Gibson's Neuromancer.

Anonymous said...

The misty mid region of Weir. Um, I'm dark like that.

Anonymous said...

Peter Pan!
I want to fly and hang out in Never-Never land with fairies and boys and have great adventures!

patlaff said...

I already live in the same world as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Marilyn Peake said...

bridgetcarle,

I was the person who mentioned THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. I feel the same as you! I would love to visit the Boatwright sisters, especially August Boatwright, in their bright pink house. Their farm was such a comforting place, I think all my cares would melt away. Such an awesome book!

February Grace said...

Honestly, as much as I love Hitchhiker's the idea of life with Zaphod and robots who are more depressed than I am actually frightens me.

So I'd have to say I'd really like to live with the Browns like Paddington.

Any world where you always get to have your elevenses can't be bad.

And you get to avoid that whole pesky interstellar bypass issue altogether. Sticky buns and the earth continues to exist? Sign me up.

a-r-williams said...

Ender's Game.

It would be interesting to play the "Game" and live on that particular space station.

Steppe said...

OK I'll play.

I'd like to be Captain Willard in
Apocalypse Now, traveling far upstream
to execute my own out of control Doppelganger who took this darn world way way way to seriously. Along the way a lot of characters who didn't take the world serious enough or took it far too seriously would meet various fates. Finally I would confront my out of control self and he would be grateful for an honorable death. Then I'd drop my weapon in front of a jury of my peers. If they dropped their weapons I would grab Lancelot by the arm and head back to Merlin's cave. Wait... different storyline. I give up!!!

Scott said...

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, please. Rainy, entropic, Goth-industrial landscapes, with loads of neon, animatronic pets, and crowded streets full of sexy, multi-lingual denizens drenched in futuristic punk fashion--all day long, baby.

Ken Hannahs said...

Two different worlds:

1) Redwall Abbey from the the Jacques books.

2) DINOTOPIA!

Snarky Writer said...

Pern. Or Valdemar. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a Herald when I grew up (still do, actually).

Jane Harmony said...

Of course Middle Earth is the ultimate. :)
But I wouldn't mind living in Attolia (Megan Whalen Turner)...as long as I was involved in the conspiracies of royalty and not a common layman.
On second thought...pretty much anywhere where I'm guaranteed not to be a common layman haha.

Malin said...

The world in "The Telling" by Ursula Guin. A place where there's always "we" and no one cares who you love or in what way you love them.

Sara said...

Modelland!!!!

J. T. Shea said...

Hogwarts? Ohmigod! I knew I shouldn't have shot all those owls!

Alyosha said...

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It's just so wholesome. But it would be great to live at Pemberley.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

The Magic Treehouse...go anywhere, and take along the manual.

And of course I'd love to go to Hogwarts. Who wouldn't?

Jill said...

I'd hope into my private boat and sail over a year to Where the Wild Things Are.

Not a novel, I know, but my first choice was the Land of Dairy Queen.

Melissa said...

Hogwarts. For sure. This dream of mine is going to come true too! Thank heavens Universal thought it would be a brilliant idea to recreate the WIzarding WOrld of Harry Potter at their theme park.

Emily White said...

I'd love to live in Valinor--the home of the Valar in the Silmarillion. Or Narnia.

Justin and Melinda said...

My answer is nothing magical. It simply would be Pemberly!! Love the book. Love the characters. Love the setting...

Do we get an answer from you, Nathan Bransford????

Sangu said...

Oh, definitely Harry Potter. Every time I spend two hours dusting I think 'oh, if only I could pull a Wingardium Leviosa!'

Most of my favourite books involve settings I wouldn't actually want to be in, which makes this a tricky - though awesome - question.

LurkerMonkey said...

Argh! Aboard the Pequod ...

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Amber, from Roger Zelanzy's Chronicals of Amber - if I were royalty, of course. Able to walk through infinite shadows, creating the world I want... sounds awesome to me!

Jenna Wallace said...

Narnia, without a doubt.

Anonymous said...

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I would join her S.O.S. Brigade.

Erika Robuck said...

The Scottish highlands with Jamie in OUTLANDER. Temp's rising just thinking about it! :)

James Lewis said...

The american frontier, kickin it with Dances with wolves, and Wind in his hair.

jtb said...

i'm with Scott above and would add Asimov too

abc said...

Yep, I'm going to be one of those Anne of Green Gables girls. Are we a type? Can you spot us in a crowd?

Caitie said...

I have to go along with most of the other people and say Hogwarts. I think that place and that world is just one of the most creative things ever...and it would be so much fun!

Jakob Barnard said...

The Universe of David Weber's Dahak novels.

Ciara said...

Good question!

Definitely Rivendell.

And actually, I'd kind of love to visit Beauxbatons, as well as the male equivalent of Beauxbatons.

Charli Armstrong said...

I would live full time by the RiverBank near Ratty. During the School year, I would have to say Hogwarts. Spend alternating Winter Breaks in Wonderland. Alternating Summer Breaks in Neverland. Spring Break in Redwall.

Kari said...

Hogwarts--but only if I get to be a witch.
If I couldn't be a witch, Middle Earth, but only if I get to be an elf.
If both of those fall through, I'd just join Sophie in Howl's Moving Castle.

Mary McDonald said...

I want to go live in Whoville. I hear the Grinch has reformed, and Horton has everyone protecting the little world, so that's where I want to be.

Calliopenjo said...

Now that's a toss up between Hogwarts and Middle Earth.

Nancy said...

Middle-earth. My home would be in Gondor under the reign of King Elessar, but I would be an explorer. I want to know more about the east of Middle-earth. All we know is the Easterlings came from there and the two Blue Wizards wandered that way and never came back. There must be more!

Mira said...

A vacation!!! That's what I need. Time for a vacation.

Ahhhh, vacation time. Rest, relax, get away, zone out. In fact, vacations for all of us. :)

So....my vacation will be in......I was thinking of the 100-Acre Woods from Winnie the Pooh, but it might get boring talking to a bunch of stuffed animals year after year....

And Hogwarts is so close....

Um, I need a world where I have unlimited money, extreme luxury, I can use magic and I can fly. Oh, and I'm twenty-two forever, stunningly gorgeous, incredibly brilliant, and so emotionally healthy, little animals frolic around just to be in my presence. I also have loyal, loving, funny and brilliant friends and ...Russell Crowe. Well, Russell Crowe after years of therapy.

What book is that?

That's the one I want.

Liberty Speidel said...

I'd love to live in J.D. Robb's futuristic New York... the technology sounds so cool, and while it's not quite to Star Trek coolness, I think that level of tech would suit me perfectly. :)

Nathan Bransford said...

justin and melinda-

Just as soon as I decide myself!

Kate Harrison said...

Numonia! Because I have a crush on Moonman.

Mira said...

Oh, and a utopian political and economic system.

Of which, I am in charge.

But that goes without saying.

The Hot Heads Groupie said...

I finished reading The Good Earth yesterday so that "world" is still very real to me. Can we change the assignment and tell you what world we DON'T want to live in? If so, pre-revolutionary China is my answer! YIKES!

Tim Riley said...

I'll say the noir-infused world of Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union

Nathan Bransford said...

Ha! Thanks, Kate!

J. T. Shea said...

And they tasted terrible. The owls, I mean. Even in stew.

Like Rebecca, I love Scott Westerfeld's LEVIATHAN, but I also love machines, so I'd be a Mechanist, but on the side of the young prince Alek.

I followed Marilyn Peake's Boing Boing link. Foucault's pendulum has indeed snapped but the irreparable damage is to the metal sphere, not the universe. Boing Boing Commenters suggest various conspiracies. I suspect Jacob Wonderbar.

Shawn said...

I dunno. Is Stepford Wives a novel?

Scott said...

Interesting that the majority seem to favor those worlds which are defined in the most detail, not necessarily the most pleasant or with the most potential. That probably tells us something about the importance of worldcraft in creating memorable fiction.

Personally, I've never really left Narnia since age 8. I burst into tears when I saw it on the big screen in full color for the first time. Like I had come home after a long time away.

Chuck H. said...

The world of Heinlein's Glory Road. But only if Star and Rufo accompany me.

Robin_Lucas said...

OMG Erika!! I was thinking the same thing- Scotland Highlands with Jamie (swoon!!!)

BlueMoon said...

Pern! I first started writing because I was enamored of Anne McCaffrey's world of dragon riders and wanted to create a world of my own.

MJR said...

I agree with Mira--I need a vacation. I think--at least for the summer--I'd choose to live in an Edith Wharton-esque place like Newport in the 1880s where I could live a life of leisure by the ocean. I'd go berry picking, practice archery, work in the garden, and write my novel.

Briana said...

If we're talking fantasy, then Hogwarts. But otherwise I'd choose to live with the Bennetts in Pride & Prejudice. Send me to Austenland!

Richard Gibson said...

The Galaxy of Asimov's Foundation, specifically on Terminus during the time of the Merchants.

Scott said...

Right on, jtb. Only, from the looks of things, there won't be a whole lot of women there. They're all off in magic high or the land of hairy feet.

Oh, wait, Liberty Speidel might be interested. ;-)

Sarah Callejo said...

I'd choose Wild Cat Island in Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome)
and would now and then hop into a closet to walk through to Narnia.

Brittany said...

1. HOGWARTS!

2. Warriors. I wouldn't mind being a cat.

3. The Gallagher Academy. I'd love to be able to do karate like a Gallagher Girl!

Munk said...

"Where the Red Fern Grows"

J. R. McLemore said...

While I love to read books such as No Country For Old Men, The Handmaid's Tale, The Stand, and countless others such as that, I would never want to live in any of those worlds. That's the beauty of reading such novels: I never have to leave the comfort of my world to experience them!

Now, if I had to choose a fictitious book-world in which to live, I imagine I might choose John Grisham's A Painted House. Some place that's at least somewhat normal.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Hogwarts for me. I love reading Pride and Prejudice and Lord of the Rings but let's face it, as a woman those weren't the best of times.

Sissy said...

I second Pemberly, but only if Darcy was single. Hogwarts is a close second and Du Weldenvarden from Eragon sounds just lovely as well.

Shawn said...

Oh wait. It's Ira Levin.

Never mind.

I'd end up having to kiss a dude.

Pam said...

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Inkheart (the Inkworld)

Sookie Stackhouse

Amanda Sablan said...

No idea. I've never been one for fantasy, so practically all of what I read is set in the real world in situations I wouldn't really want to live in...

lucidkim said...

I was going to say Narnia because I loved those books - but then that whole time frame when Aslan ditched them for ever and a day (always winter, never Christmas: remember??) would suck - and besides, I'm not really an outdoorsy type. Hogwarts might be cool, but visions of air conditioners doesn't come to mind when I think of it - so I'm going to have to go with one of Scalzi's scifi worlds - war or not, I'm thinking A/C is involved (and if I can get a new, hot body - I'm all for that!).

T.J. said...

Even though it was a tv show first, there were still novels written for it: I'd be on the Starship Enterprise of Captain Picard's time. If not, I'd gladly be at Hogwarts (well, I'd rather work in Diagon Alley.)

abc said...

Pam, The Forest of Hands and Teeth? With crazed zombies trying to kill you all the time?

ryan field said...

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Worddance said...

I never want to leave the landscape of good historical or fantasy story. Most of all, I would love to step into Jane Austen's England, where I would dance with Mr. Darcy and pick strawberries with Mr. Knightly.

lynleigh said...

I'd want to live in Gregory Maguire's "Wicked" Oz.

K.L. Brady said...

I'd like to go back to 18th century England - Pride and Prejudice. Love and marriage seems like it was so much simpler then. No facebook, no myspace, no online dating. You found someone half way attractive, hoped they were worth at least 5,000 pounds a year, danced, talked, took walks, fell in love (quickly) and got hitched.

Women didn't have to worry about mortgages because we couldn't own property. Didn't have to work, just read and learned to sing, play an instrument, and/or draw. What a life.

Although I'd like to qualify this by saying I'd only like to live in that time if I could be beautiful, rich, white, and have fully functional plumming . . . and Starbucks. I could, however, live with the candlelight.

K.L. Brady said...

that's supposed to be "plumbing" not plumming. LOL

brain fart.

Romy said...

How did this get to 121 comments and not one mentioned Katherine Kerr's Deverry?

Though Deverry itself is a tad rougher and dirtier than I'm used to, so I think I'd choose to live rather among the Elves in the Westlands.

JulieanneReeves said...

Ok, I'm going to be the rebel here.

Honestly. I'd stay in the world I live in. Even with all its faults and failures it's still the one place that has ALL of those worlds right at our finger tips.

It's like the holodeck on the USS Enterprise. All you have to do is pick up a book and you're anywhere else, you want to be.

YOu can slay a dragon without being burnt to a crisp, or traverse the fiery mount doom without actually falling into the lava. You can walk along 'the avenue' of Green Gables. Step through the stones into Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and be married to the very sexy Jamie Frasier. *wipes drool off keyboard* Sorry off topic.

Anyways you get the point.

Think of all you'd miss if you chose just one.

Diana said...

Easy. Middle Earth in general; Hobbiton in specifics. Fangorn if Hobbiton is not available.

Laurie said...

Oz from the books, or Hogwarts. Narnia wouldn't be too bad, either.

bridgetcarle said...

I also wouldn't mind visiting E. Nesbit's Enchanted Castle before that awful woman came along and wished away all the magic. Still outrages me.

Naomi Canale said...

The Little House on The Prairie. Or a time that took place in the Bible (does that count) I'd really like to know what all really went down :)

Gil said...

I prefer to live in Bartleby's office.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

@abc, LOL. I didn't put Anne of Green Gables as my preferred world, but I LOVE THOSE BOOKS. And I think your hunch is right: we might be a type that people can spot.

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Tori said...

Hmm... Well since I already convinced myself at the age of nine that Harry Potter was real and I was going to be going to Hogwarts via exchange student program (I swear, the letter is just several years late. Any day now...), I think I'll have to pick a runner up. That would be Tortall in Tamora Pierce's books. Although that could be because I'm reading one of them at the moment :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderland. Definately.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Would you really pick a world that's scary? Like FALLEN with its warring angels or WINGS with its trolls? No matter how pretty it is in the summer, I'm staying out of Avalon until every last troll is dead.

D. said...

The world from Lev Grossman's "The Magicians." Hogwarts for real people.

Sarra said...

Sometimes I think I'd like to live in Ayn Rand's ATLAS SHRUGGED... of course, only at the end when the world has fallen apart, and ONLY if I get to be one of the chosen few who can start over with Galt and Dagny. I realize this makes me weird.

If I could choose two, though, I'd go with the parallel universe in The Golden Compass. The idea of having my own daemon makes me happy. I wonder what mine would be...

Jil said...

Mowgli in the Jungle books was who I longed to be as a kid= with all those animals looking after me.

Now i'd choose the world of Jane Ayre or Wuthering Heights where the men were so wild and passionate!

cwsherwoodedits said...

Avonlea.

Steve Masover said...

I suppose it's kind of obscure by now, but I think I might choose Riverworld of Philip Jose Farmer fame. The premise is that everyone ever born in history is revived on a planet that is more or less one huge, winding, deep river canyon (like a whole world that's the Grand Canyon on steroids). The books devolved over the course of the series, I thought, but I can still feel the excitement of entering Riverworld for the first time as a teenage sci fi nut. The premise left so much room or possibility...

Alexis said...

I would live in the book of Timeline (NOT the movie), get in real tight with those quantam physicists, and figure out a way to time/space/reality hop into Hogwarts, Middle Earth, the ship in Ender's Game, all the provinces of Hunger Games, pre-The Flood from Many Waters, Leviathan, Narnia... oh! And I'd hop in the boat with Pi and live on the ocean with him and that Bengal Tiger for a while.

Was that cheating? Oh well.

WriterGirl said...

no contest! hogwarts. like a lot of people!

Michael Pickett said...

This is cheating a little. There are tons of novels written in this universe, but it was thought up for film. It's the first fictitious place that comes to mind for me, though, so I'll say it anyway.

The Star Wars Universe

Jck said...

I have to say Iris, from the Mortal Instruments.

Gehayi said...

This is tough, because--like Josin L. McQuein--my favorite books and series tend to be rather dangerous. Which would not be comfortable to live through.

The other issue is--would I be allowed to gain other abilities by moving from one world to another? I also have to figure in the fact that I have a disability that I presume would not be alleviated if I moved from one world to the next. Treatment for it requires technology and electricity--which eliminates worlds like Middle Earth, Narnia, Pern, Darkover and the various lands featured in GRRM's A Song of Ice and Fire series.

As for The Dresden Files novels, which I adore--well, forget it. I wouldn't be able to go near wizards or any magic, because magical people in that universe are walking techbanes that can fry anything technological at a hundred paces (and yes, that is canon). So I'd be out about 25,500 dollars--the cost of my medical equipment, plus a new computer system--if Harry Dresden even dropped by for two seconds. Garth Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy features something similar--technology shatters, unravels, rusts and just plain stops working whenever even a wind blows across the wall from the Old Kingdom.

And Hogwarts--as cool as I think the Potterverse can be--would be hell on earth for me; my lymphatic pump definitely wouldn't work at Hogwarts (no electricity) and all those stairs! Stairs that move, mind you, and that sometimes require a person to hop on this step or dance on that one. Hogwarts is really not designed for a person with a walker.

I think that I'd do best in the world of the Discworld novels. They have steampunk-y technology not unlike our own (including space travel, and BlackBerry and Internet equivalents), they have flying brooms which apparently work for non-witches, and a library that connects to all other libraries in all other universes in all other dimensions. And you don't actually have to have magic to live well there. That, I think, is the world for me.

Rebecca said...

Middle Earth. Or Pern.

Rissa Watkins said...

Gah! I hate to be trendy, but I have to agree with a lot of others-Harry Potter. Magic would be so cool.

Middle Earth would be nice to visit, but no eletricity? How would I watch Glee or Doctor Who? And then I would never find out what Lost was all about if I missed the last episode. *stop snickering, it's okay to hope*

The Red Angel said...

Definitely either Hogwarts or Wonderland! I really love these "You Tell Me: What Novel...?" posts. :) They're loads of fun to answer.

~TRA

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Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

Definitely Manderley of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. Seaside cliffs, sprawling mansion, drama. What more can I ask for?

Marissa

Karen C said...

Finally someone said Discworld!
Oook oook!!

Kimber An said...

Prince Edward Island

Nicole said...

Definitely Pern!

Hogwarts is a close second :)

Mary Hoffman's Newsletter said...

I do spend a lot of time living in Talia, which I created for the Stravaganza books.

But I wouldn't mind living with Howl in his Moving Castle or Ankh Morpork, or Rivendell (though best of all to be Eowyn at Meduseld).

Or the world of Robin McKinley's Spindle's End. Or maybe Earthsea.

Seems to me though that I HAVE lived in all those places.

Stephen Prosapio said...

What a great question!

No one's mentioned any Erotica novels yet??? :-P

Okay, okay. "Peter and Wendy” the novel form of JM Barrie's wonderful play, “Peter Pan”.

Amanda said...

Amber by Roger Zelazny, but only if I could be of the Blood of Amber or a Chaos Lord (preferably an Amberite).

Laura Marcella said...

I want to inhabit the ocean in King Triton's kingdom. I want a green fishtail, a purple seashell bra, and a flounder, crab, and seagull as my best friends!

Kate said...

Whoever said Bon Temps, yeah, good call. But only if I get my own Bill. Or Sam. Or Eric. I'm not picky.

Don't tell my husband.

RR Kovar said...

Majipoor would be interesting. I figure it would take so long to explore it, I wouldn't get bored.

MC Rogerson said...

I'd like to live in a Swallows and Amazons-type world. Safe adventure, natural beauty and buttered crumpets for tea.

Kelly Wittmann said...

THE EDWARDIANS, by Vita Sackville-West.

Hilary said...

Damar, from The Hero and the Crown

John Forrester said...

Surprised to see no one mentioned the world of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice" -- brilliantly crafted fantasy world.

The Daring Novelist said...

Hands down - only possible answer:

Nero Wolfe's Brownstone

Nicole L Rivera said...

Hogwarts. More specifically. I want to be in Gryffindor, be one of Harry Potter's friends, and play Quiditch. That would be totally awesome, but since it won't happen I'm going to go to the Universal Harry Potter theme park and pretend.
Oh and I would like an owl and pigmy puff (not sure of spelling) as pets. ;)

Joseph L. Selby said...

The Tao of Pooh. Or maybe the original Hundred Acre Wood. I can't decide.

Elie said...

I grew up close to the place where Alan Garner set The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath.
I used to go there and look for the wizard ..

Stephanie McGee said...

Narnia.

Anonymous said...

What a great question! I think I'd have to choose the magical world of the Harry Potter books, but there are so many others I'd love to sample: The Victorian England and France of Henry James's The Ambassadors; the nautical world of Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin series; the Jerusalem of Laurie R. King's O, Jerusalem. Many, many more present themselves to me, but I think I've got my licks in for today.

Gerri said...

Steven Erikson's world of the Malazan empire. Hands down. There, it's rough, dirty, and full of potential. They have history, and it means something. Plus, the whole travel to other realms is way too cool to not want to experience.

I'd have to have a better body, though. Or something. But then again, out there, I'd not be sitting on my ass typing all day, either.

kathryn evans said...

This is very sad but send me off with the Famous Five, I want long, glorious summer days and friendly farmers and mysteries to solve. I want cake and cucumber sandwiches and ginger beer and good friends and a dog that doesn't smell or dribble. I want the only thing I have to worry about to be an old tramp by the railway, or getting lost in a cave. Send me to Blytonville!

Talei said...

Alex Garland's Beach sans the crazies.

susancolebank said...

Edgar Rice Burroughs' jungles in Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.

I, of course, would be Jane.

:o)

-S.

Jaleh D said...

I'd most want to live either on Pern or in Valdemar. Pern has dragons, and Valdemar has magic and Companions. Though there are other worlds I wouldn't mind visiting, those two are the most appealing for a long term stay.

Jacqueline said...

Hogwarts.

Icy Roses said...

Either Hogwarts or Narnia!

Angelique said...

Hogwarts but after the last battle the first year at hogwarts would be a terrific time to learn...just years stretching ahead with no trauma.

J. Todd said...

No one wants to hang out in Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles with me?

Caitlin R. O'Connell said...

Tamora Pierce's Tortall. It seems to me to be the most democratic, least-likely-to-die-of-plague-because-magic-is-cool medieval world I've ever come across.

However, Hogwarts is always a good answer, and I would love to take long vacations in all my favorite historical worlds.

Sally Jo said...

Stella Gibbon's Starkadder Farm.

Jamesmcshane said...

Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next novels, without question.

Anita Saxena said...

I agree with what seems to be the majority: Hogwarts or Bust!

Perry said...

Anne McAffery's Pern. Something about riding dragons and saving the world makes Thread worthwhile.

Shelli said...

a.r.williams -- You rock! I didn't even think of Ender's Game. Yes, I would love to try out those simulation games, too.

Laurie said...

I'm not so into fantasy and sci-fi, (though Hogwarts would be a fun romp,) I would have to say that I would love to be neighbors of the March sisters and hang out with Jo and Amy, (Meg and Beth are little dull, but still). I would love to talk about writing with Jo.

Magdalena Munro said...

David Mitchell's Clout Atlas has so many AWESOME worlds within it that I would most certainly choose this post modern masterpiece.

wildbill2u said...

Lets get real--literally.

Fantasys are relatively easy for an author because he doesn't have to create a fully functional or believeable world. Dune and its successors was the best fantasy world in my opinion

However, a historical novelist must deal with a known period of time, a known culture and ethos and bring the characters to life within realistic settings and actions. Think of how difficult that can be.

Consider "Shogun" the master work of James Clavell. Clavel was able to immerse the reader via the hero, Pilot Blackthorne into the historical past of Shogunate Japan.

Clavell used a a very clever device by putting the Pilot into the culture without any knowledge of customs or language. Along with Blackthorne the reader slowly came to understand and appreciate the Japanese culture.

By the end of the book, like Blackthorne, I could even understand how noble Japanese had to commit seppuku to redeem their honor.

This was a tour de force like no other I can remember.

Wildbill2u

Kay said...

Cloud City, here I come.

The Pollinatrix said...

Clive Barker's Abarat, or, as others have said, Pern. I feel like I actually did live on Pern for a while, since I read the entire series while mostly immobile in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Liam said...

I think Idris from Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments would be nice.

Anthony DeRouen said...

How about, the Old World. Created by Terry Goodkind.

bfav said...

District 13....or the moors of Wuthering Heights.

Heidi J. Johns said...

Narnia

shasha said...

never never land!

Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado said...

I would love to experience the
1860s... a time of great change. A wonderful book that situates in this period is "Peregrinations of a Pariah" by Flora Tristan (Paul Gaugain's grandmother) The other period that facinates me is that between WWI and WWII, a time of awakening. My favorite protagonist of these years is Frida Kahlo. A great book about this period is Barbara KIngsolver's "La Lacuna"

Joanna

Karen A. Chase said...

Around the World in 80 Days. It has it all.

Hallowtide said...

Holmes and Watson's England or Peregrine's Rest, by Jennifer Gostin

Livia said...

Pern. I want to impress a dragon :-)

Victoria said...

Best answer of the day has to be Julianne Reeves... how true is that! We are on the holodeck.... :)

But of course, if I HAD to pick one, (and it wouldn't be my own, far too dangerous) then I think I'd go to J Carey's Terre D'Ange, or maybe N Novik's Temeraire series - providing I get to captain my own dragon.

Obviously, alternate fantasy does it for me. :)

Joyce Shor Johnson said...

Pern. I've always wanted to be a dragon rider!

bettyk said...

My one and only novel choice would be "Far Pavillions" by M.M.Kaye

Chassily Wakefield said...

Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hogwarts! No question. My 14 year old daughter made me an "official" Hogwarts letter for my last birthday, it was the best gift EVER. Now my dream is coming true thanks to Universal in Orlando. I'll be at Hogwarts this year. On Harry's birthday, even. I already warned the people I'm going with to go on and do their thing without me. I'm just going to stand in the entrance to the castle and sob for joy. :)

Ann Marie Wraight said...

Two doors down from Bilbo/Frodo Baggins,
Bag End,
Hobbiton,
The Shire,
Middle Earth.
tel: 0043 45693 84367
(callers by appointment ONLY please)

BEFORE the whole adventure with the Fellowship of the Ring but after Bilbo's first adventure.

THANK YOU.

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