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

by | May 19, 2010 | Books | 327 comments

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?

327 Comments

  1. Josin L. McQuein

    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.

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  2. Patty

    Send me to Hogwarts.

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  3. stacy

    Yep, Hogwarts. Or Middle Earth.

    I often can't decide which.

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  4. Berlynn

    Hogwarts. But I never got my letter.

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  5. Crazy Cat Lady

    Is it too cliche to say Harry Potter?

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  6. emily sparkles

    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 clichรฉ. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Lynn

    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)

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  8. Jaimie

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

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  9. Violet

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

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  10. Surly Jason

    The Commonwealth from Peter F Hamilton's saga.

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  11. Nancy

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

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  12. Leah

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

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  13. Rachel

    Anne Mccaffrey 's Pern
    AH to be a Dragonrider

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  14. John

    George Orwell's 1984.

    Oh wait…

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  15. Josin L. McQuein

    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.

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  16. Heidi Ellis

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

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  17. Dianne Young

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

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  18. treena & kootenay

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

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  19. Hillary

    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.

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  20. Bob

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

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  21. Rebecca

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. Lucy Coats

    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.

    Lucy Coats @ http://scribblecitycentral.blogspot.com

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  23. Dara

    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…

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  24. Renee Collins

    Middle Earth. Specifically the Grey Havens. That way, I could live forever with my sweet, sweet Legolas. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  25. Liz

    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.

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  26. I'm Too Old for This

    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.

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  27. Richard

    Osterin!

    Wait, are we allowed to use our own worlds?

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  28. Shallee

    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…

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  29. Bryan Russell (Ink)

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

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  30. Shelli

    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!

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  31. Stephanie Garber

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

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  32. Marilyn Peake

    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.

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  33. Ryan Thomas Riddle

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

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  34. Lisa Desrochers

    Mine!

    But seriously, MINE!

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

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  35. Julie

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

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  36. denise krochta

    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!)

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  37. Sandy Shin

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

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  38. Connie

    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."

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  39. P. Grier

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

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  40. silvia

    Anne of Green Gables!

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  41. bridgetcarle

    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.

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  42. Valerie

    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.

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  43. Reggie

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

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  44. Cora Zane

    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.

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  45. Anonymous

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

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  46. Anonymous

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

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  47. patlaff

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

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  48. Marilyn Peake

    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!

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  49. February Grace

    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.

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  50. a-r-williams

    Ender's Game.

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

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  51. Steppe

    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!!!

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  52. Scott

    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.

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  53. Ken Hannahs

    Two different worlds:

    1) Redwall Abbey from the the Jacques books.

    2) DINOTOPIA!

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  54. Snarky Writer

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

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  55. Jane Harmony

    Of course Middle Earth is the ultimate. ๐Ÿ™‚
    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.

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  56. Malin

    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.

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  57. Sara

    Modelland!!!!

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  58. J. T. Shea

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

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  59. Alyosha

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

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  60. Katrina L. Lantz

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

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

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  61. Jill

    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.

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  62. Melissa

    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.

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  63. Emily White

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

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  64. Justin and Melinda

    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????

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  65. Sangu

    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.

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  66. Bethany Elizabeth

    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!

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  67. Anonymous

    Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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

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  68. Erika Robuck

    The Scottish highlands with Jamie in OUTLANDER. Temp's rising just thinking about it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  69. James Lewis

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

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  70. jtb

    i'm with Scott above and would add Asimov too

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  71. abc

    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?

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  72. Caitie

    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!

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  73. Jakob Barnard

    The Universe of David Weber's Dahak novels.

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  74. Ciara

    Good question!

    Definitely Rivendell.

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

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  75. Charli Armstrong

    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.

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  76. Kari

    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.

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  77. Mary McDonald

    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.

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  78. Calliopenjo

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

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  79. Nancy

    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!

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  80. Mira

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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.

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  81. Liberty Speidel

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  82. Kate Harrison

    Numonia! Because I have a crush on Moonman.

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  83. Mira

    Oh, and a utopian political and economic system.

    Of which, I am in charge.

    But that goes without saying.

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  84. The Hot Heads Groupie

    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!

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  85. Tim Riley

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

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  86. J. T. Shea

    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.

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  87. Shawn

    I dunno. Is Stepford Wives a novel?

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  88. Scott

    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.

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  89. Chuck H.

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

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  90. Robin_Lucas

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

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  91. BlueMoon

    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.

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  92. MJR

    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.

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  93. Briana

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

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  94. Richard Gibson

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

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  95. Scott

    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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  96. Sarah Callejo

    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.

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  97. Brittany

    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!

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  98. Munk

    "Where the Red Fern Grows"

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  99. J. R. McLemore

    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.

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  100. Susan Gourley/Kelley

    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.

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  101. Sissy

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

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  102. Shawn

    Oh wait. It's Ira Levin.

    Never mind.

    I'd end up having to kiss a dude.

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  103. Pam

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth

    Inkheart (the Inkworld)

    Sookie Stackhouse

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  104. Amanda Sablan

    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…

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  105. lucidkim

    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!).

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  106. T.J.

    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.)

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  107. abc

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

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  108. Worddance

    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.

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  109. lynleigh

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

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  110. K.L. Brady

    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.

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  111. K.L. Brady

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

    brain fart.

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  112. Romy

    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.

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  113. JulieanneReeves

    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.

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  114. Diana

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

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  115. Laurie

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

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  116. bridgetcarle

    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.

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  117. Naomi Canale

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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  118. Gil

    I prefer to live in Bartleby's office.

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  119. Katrina L. Lantz

    @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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  120. Tori

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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  121. Anonymous

    Wonderland. Definately.

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  122. Katrina L. Lantz

    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.

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  123. D.

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

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  124. Sarra

    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…

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  125. Jil

    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!

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  126. Steve Masover

    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…

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  127. Alexis

    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.

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  128. WriterGirl

    no contest! hogwarts. like a lot of people!

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  129. Michael Pickett

    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

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  130. Jck

    I have to say Iris, from the Mortal Instruments.

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  131. Gehayi

    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.

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  132. Rebecca

    Middle Earth. Or Pern.

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  133. Rissa Watkins

    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*

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  134. Karen C

    Finally someone said Discworld!
    Oook oook!!

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  135. Nicole

    Definitely Pern!

    Hogwarts is a close second ๐Ÿ™‚

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  136. Mary Hoffman's Newsletter

    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.

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  137. Stephen Prosapio

    What a great question!

    No one's mentioned any Erotica novels yet??? ๐Ÿ˜›

    Okay, okay. "Peter and Wendyโ€ the novel form of JM Barrie's wonderful play, โ€œPeter Panโ€.

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  138. Amanda

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

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  139. Laura Marcella

    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!

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  140. Kate

    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.

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  141. RR Kovar

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

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  142. MC Rogerson

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

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  143. Hilary

    Damar, from The Hero and the Crown

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  144. John Forrester

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

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  145. Nicole L Rivera

    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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  146. Joseph L. Selby

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

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  147. Elie

    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 ..

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  148. Anonymous

    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.

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  149. Gerri

    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.

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  150. kathryn evans

    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!

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  151. Talei

    Alex Garland's Beach sans the crazies.

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  152. susancolebank

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

    I, of course, would be Jane.

    :o)

    -S.

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  153. Jaleh D

    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.

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  154. Icy Roses

    Either Hogwarts or Narnia!

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  155. Angelique

    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.

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  156. J. Todd

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

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  157. Caitlin R. O'Connell

    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.

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  158. Sally Jo

    Stella Gibbon's Starkadder Farm.

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  159. Jamesmcshane

    Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next novels, without question.

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  160. Anita Saxena

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

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  161. Perry

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

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  162. Shelli

    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.

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  163. Laurie

    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.

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  164. Magdalena Munro

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

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  165. wildbill2u

    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

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  166. Kay

    Cloud City, here I come.

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  167. The Pollinatrix

    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.

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  168. Liam

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

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  169. Anthony DeRouen

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

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  170. bfav

    District 13….or the moors of Wuthering Heights.

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  171. shasha

    never never land!

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  172. Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado

    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

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  173. Hallowtide

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

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  174. Livia

    Pern. I want to impress a dragon ๐Ÿ™‚

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  175. Victoria

    Best answer of the day has to be Julianne Reeves… how true is that! We are on the holodeck…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  176. bettyk

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

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  177. Chassily Wakefield

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  178. Ann Marie Wraight

    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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  179. Julie Weathers

    Firefly definitely. It combines the fantastic with the historic. I love the concept and then men aren't bad either. After that, Middle Earth or Hogwarts.

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  180. Anonymous

    Pemberley . . . as long as I was a member of the elite class. The lack of electricity would be a lot more tolerable if one wasn't a servant!

    Oh, and I'd want to be married to Darcy, too. Perhaps I'm asking too much?

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  181. Amitha Knight

    What a great question!

    I'd love to live in a quaint English village with Miss Marple, (only without the murder…)

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  182. wendy

    Great imaginative question!

    I'd love to live in another world reality. To tell the truth, there's no novel I know of where I'd like to live. However there's an old PC game called The Legend of Kyrandia where I sometimes wish I could be. The setting is a beautiful island, which is appears to be a combination of old english forest and tropical island. The characters are sweet and quirky, sometimes powerful and wise.

    Wherever you go on the island, there's magic afoot whether it be found in the rocky mountain labyrinths lit by fireberries, the waterfall with magic blueberries growing alongside,or the ornate marble fountain with magic water, or in the magic cauldron owned by one of the Royal Mystics who lives alone in the forest where the other Royal Mystics also live. One has his own talking dragon who lies curled up in the main room, leaving only enough room for the mystic to sit at his desk writing spells onto scrolls.

    Secret paths wind through vast forests of oak and pine and clumps of flowers, but where there's never a bramble bush in sight.
    The main character, Brandon, lives inside one of these huge trees. He reaches the front door, high up in the tree, by means of a root elevator.

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  183. Sarah

    The Great Gatsby or The Sun Also Rises! (And if I can choose a play instead of a novel, anything by Noel Coward). Pre-Depression fashion, wit, and gin ๐Ÿ™‚

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  184. Writer's Block

    This is an easy one. I would live in the great forests of Alba (and yes that is a real place, let's see how many people can figure out where it is). In this wonderful midevil place there would be plenty of Night Elves, fair folk and of course dwarves and trolls and wizards – Oh My! As I would be the only human in the forest, I am sure I would find myself in the midst of many a predicament as I would encounter such queer creatures on my quest to return safely to my human village.

    Most of the beings I would meet would be fairly courteous as is the way of the wee folk, but as with any large group, there of course is a "mean girl" who invariably wants to hurt me because of my race and the fact that I have "the touch" and am also considered to be the "Chosen One" who will bring the human race and elfin race together in harmony.

    But alas, I am destined to meet a fair elf that is both gallant and (dare I say it?) quite handsome, who naturally comes to my rescue and with all the bravery and power of the Gods, will defeat all my enemies and we will ride off into the mists and live happily ever after…or do we?

    In case anyone was wondering, yes this is part of a query letter that I actually am planning to send to the illustrious Nathan Bransford, for I have chosen you to give me my first ever rejection letter. I am putting the last editorial touches to my latest completed novel and after much consideration decided that this seems the best place to lose my query virginity.

    Happy Writing Everyone!

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  185. Crystal

    Wow, that's a real tough one! I think my choices are a three way tie. It's between The fantasy-themed ancient Japanese setting of the Tales of the Otori series, the magic, medieval world of the Song of the Lioness series, and of course a cliche, but always a favorite, The world of Wizards and Witches from Harry Potter. Though, my favorite has to be the Song of the Lioness series, because I love medieval settings ๐Ÿ™‚

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  186. Collier

    I'd live in the era between 1880 and 1920, with preferences for Holmes' London, San Francisco before the great earthquake, Chicago at the Columbian Exposition, or New York City.

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  187. Anonymous

    The Star Wars Galaxy … I wanna light saber!

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  188. Kate Evangelista

    In the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.

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  189. Brian Moen

    I'd live in the wide open spaces of Birdwell Island. I would love to spend weeks on end hanging out and playing fetch and wrestling with Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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  190. chosekiei

    The whole universe created by Lovecraft. As horrible as it often is, it's complex and fascinating. I would love to discover it from the inside.

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  191. CindyLou Foster

    Lirael, because I would always be wishing for my own Disreputable Dog.

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  192. Ruth Donnelly

    One more vote for Hogwarts. Parts of Middle-Earth are appealing, too.

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  193. Denise of Ingleside

    I'm where i want to be, Prince Edward Island, but the era is Anne of Green Gables Little House on the Prairie era for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    OOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    Scotland… Outlander Series *drool*

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  194. piscesmuse

    Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings, probably in the Rainwilds or aboard a liveship. I know she absolutely positively tortures her characters and her worlds go through some pretty tough upheaval's but man does she have an interesting world I would love to explore.

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  195. Nathan Bransford

    anon-

    No sidetracking. If you want to talk about whatever happens to be the biggest news of the day might I suggest the forums?

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  196. CMR

    I'm voting for the family: we go with Gillengaria of Sharon Shinn's The Twelve Houses series.

    Personally, the world of Mary Poppins but only if I get to be one of her charges. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although the idea of living in Thursday Next's world is highly intriguing.

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  197. Mel Skinner

    In Peter S. Beagle's "The Last Unicorn." Specifically, I would like to live in King Haggard's kingdom, within sight of the castle.

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  198. Ellie

    It would definitely be Hogwarts or Middle Earth for me.

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  199. Terry Stonecrop

    The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, by Douglas Adams.

    Or, I'm with Ryan Field on this one, Breakfast at Tiffany's, by Truman Capote.

    Although, the movie version with Audrey Hepburn, may have been a nicer place.

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  200. Maureen

    Hogwarts! A wand,a cape and a broom and I'm there.

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  201. Joshua Peacock

    Middle-Earth! I'm a hobbit (i'm only 5'8) but I would love to be a Gondorian or Rohirrim knight!!!

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  202. Claudie

    As much as I'd love most fantasy novels, I objectively wouldn't want to live in those conditions. Especially not on Westeros. *shudders*

    So, I'll agree with the Hogwarts gang. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  203. Tracy

    I'd want to be one of Anne Rice's vampires. Sure they're emotionally torturous on each other and get themselves into the most dire situations. But they make suffering seem so sensual.

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  204. Cathi Stoler

    Ancient Rome. I love the Lindsey Davis novels. It all feels very familiar. Although it would definitely be better to be a noble woman/man in those times–one whom the Emperor Vespasian favors. Maybe I could be Marcus Didius Falco's assistant sleuth!

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  205. momtrolfreak

    Hogwarts, hands-down.
    Aside from that, most of my favorites are set in places I'd never want to live: Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD, for instance. Maybe Memoirs of A Geisha….

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  206. Jessica Peter

    For me, it's Middle Earth (possibly Gondor under Aragorn or in Rohan), Fionavar from Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry, or alternate Louisiana from Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series . . .

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  207. Jim Bessey

    This may be a bit pedestrian, but I would live in a house boat at Bahia Mar near John D MacDonald's Travis McGee. I may get there yet. Sure do miss the late John D and his stories.

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  208. KM

    I'd have to say somewhere in the Federation in a "Star Trek" novel. Guess that makes me a Trekie, but I'm not ashamed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If that didn't work, I'd hop on over to Hogwartz and force the sorting hat to put me in Ravenclaw.

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  209. Shannon Kay

    1. Narnia. I think I'd choose to live in the "golden age" of Narnia when the Pevensies reigned. Are you going to Narnia? Take me along with you! To meet the lion with the golden mane, to stare into his eyes of truth. I hear the ground is living gold, and you can drink diamonds, I've been told, in Narnia.

    2. Anne of Green Gables era Avonlea. Alternately, Anne of the Island era Redmond College if I could be one of Anne's friends/housemates at Patty's Place.

    3. I might like to be a fairy in the Artemis Fowl world. They get magic and technology!

    4. Ballet Shoes. I'm enamored with those old-time British stage academies. Sure, I ended up a theatre major, but this "world" still seems amazing to me.

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  210. Anonymous

    i want to live in twilight's world.

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  211. Suzie F.

    Without a doubt, Hogwarts and The Burrow.

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  212. Tricia J. O'Brien

    For magic I'd go to Earthsea (or Hogwarts as so many have said). But for the possibilities I'd be Thursday Next and get to visit any bookworld that exists. That would be the ultimate.

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  213. William

    Hogwarts or Landover. Landover is from Terry Brooks's Magic Kingdom for Sale series.

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  214. Racer

    Kostcheiโ€™s forest.

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  215. Sara

    first instinct had me saying Hogwarts.

    After some thought I've decided on the world of Kelewan in the Empire Trilogy, by Raymond E. Fiest and Janny Wurts.

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  216. Linda

    Stick me between the covers of The Great Gatsby.

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  217. Dawn Maria

    I think it would have to be Rivendell from LOTR. A close second would be Egypt, the 1888 Egypt of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mystery series.

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  218. Ishta Mercurio

    Oh, tough one. Off the top of my head, I have to say I'd want to become a Twilight vampire. Immortality, never needing to sleep, superstrength, super hearing, maybe even another superpower unique to me, all the time in the world to learn languages and instruments and do DIY and write books and whatever else I wanted… Oh, yeah. I'd take the bite for sure.

    If you asked me again in a few years I'd probably have a different answer, though. I have more that I want to do right now than I have time for, so my answer is more about where I am right now than anything else.

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  219. Winter Hansen

    While Hogwarts and Middle Earth have a lot of appeal, I would still love to be in Michelle Paver's Ice Age world of the Ancient Darkness Chronicles (Wolf Brother, etc.). Amazing and magical.

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  220. Judith Van Alstyne

    Does it have to be fantasy/sci-fi? Because I would choose any place where George Eliot is writing. (But of course I'd wager it's the pre-industrial English country-side.) Man, I'd love to see how she would develop my character. I hope I live through it!

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  221. Jackie Brown

    The Garden of Eden. I don't much care for apples or for snakes.

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  222. Jolene

    Looks like you're still Twilight free here ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I need to be a hobbit, not to just join in the pack but seriously? First breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies…

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  223. Austin Girl

    I'd escape inside a vintage hard-boiled detective novel surrounded by obese men who lust after my bird aka "MacGuffin."

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  224. Anonymous

    O might be fun right about now. She gets lots of sex.

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  225. Anonymous

    Nathan,

    You're missing tons of wonderful anime worlds, which are described in novels that are now available in English. You need some more diversification here.

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  226. Goldilocks

    Wonderland. Anyone for tea?

    Although, I wouldn't mind aquiring a wizard education…

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  227. Augustina Peach

    I just spent a week without a refrigerator waiting for mine to be fixed, and it was no fun. But I'd still like to visit pre-electrical times. Maybe I would hang out with the Ingalls family in one of their Little Houses, or go to 17th-century England with Ann Turnbull's characters (except there's that black death thing….time travel visitors would be immune, right?).

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  228. Elliot Grace

    …any Gaiman fans? Somebody please sneak me over the Wall from "Stardust."

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  229. anna black

    Hogwarts of course. Before Sirius Black's death (Gary Oldman is so hot)

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  230. Deepa

    Forks… with the Vampires! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  231. Deepa

    @ Jolene,

    Not twilight free anymore. lol

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  232. Amanda

    I don't care if everyone else says Hogwarts, I wanna go there too. Or Mrs. Weasley's home. I would have knitting needles going for sure! I'd have a quill (not an evil one like Rita Skeeter) that would write for me whenever I had a new writing idea.

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  233. Anonymous

    The Great Gatsby and Mad Men–I know it's a TV show but can't I have two fantasy/reality worlds?

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  234. Dawn

    I'm not going to argue–I'd love to live through Hogwarts! I also wouldn't mind being tossed into any Jane Austen novel or living out Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South."

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  235. Anonymous

    I would live in Eve Dallas's world from the In Death series if I could be married to Roarke. Wait.I'd pick the book version of the Pride and Prejudice movie with Kiera Knightly and accept Mr. Darcy's first proposal.However,the world of Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy is fascinating and thrilling. Then again,Michael McDowell's Black water series is eerily fascinating.Sigh,I confess I cannot choose one book. Perhaps that is why I write.

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  236. Anonymous

    I would live in any romance novel, the only place where every woman has an orgasm every time.

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  237. John

    The Gospels, by Matt, Mark, Luke and John. Love the quirky protagonist.

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  238. Shirls

    I'd like to live on Heinlein's Tertius and get a rejuvenation and visit with Lazarus and Maureen and Tamara and Laz and Lor…

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  239. Cathy

    Earthsea.

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  240. Amanda Plavich

    Harry Potter world post-Voldemort ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ooo! Or inside of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. That giant room made of candy…oh yes.

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  241. Heidi

    Unoriginal, I know, but I clearly remember being fifteen years old and reading Harry Potter for the very first time, and even back then, it struck me that I had never ever wished so hard for a fictional world to be reality.

    My second choice would be the Two Rivers in Andor (Wheel of Time). Or Tar Valon.

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  242. T. Wolfe

    I can't decide between Anne McCaffrey's Pern or Rowan series … both would be nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  243. Debbie

    Definitely Rivendell from Lord of the Rings. Every time I watch the movie, I want to be there.

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  244. Anonymous

    What can I say? The Star Wars Universe, even though this was a film before it was a series of novels. After that, Star Trek, Novels again, after it was a series.

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  245. Disgruntled Bear

    Top 3:
    Ganzfield from MINDER.
    Hogwarts.
    The alternate-reality Victorian England of Gail Carriger's PARASOL PROTECTORATE (Soulless, etc.).

    However, ONLY if I BELONGED there. I think it would just be sad to be a muggle at Hogwarts or a G-neg at Ganzfield.

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  246. Anonymous

    I know Star Wars was a movie first, but I also read the novels. So the Star Wars Universe as 1. Also, Star Trek, though it was a series a movies first also …

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  247. Jeffery E Doherty

    I love fantasy books with a medieval feel and in real life, I'm in a medieval re-enactment group BUT infrequent bathing, poor sanitation and no modern amenities takes the shine off the idea.

    Give me the worlds created by Elizabeth Moon (Vatta's War) and (Serrano Legacy) series. She is the best Sci-Fi writer around!

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  248. L.M. Pruitt

    I'm always torn between two–the St. Louis of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, and the Trenton, NJ of Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum series. I can never decide between sexy danger and sexy comedy.

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  249. CarolRose

    Send me to Mr Darcy's world! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  250. helen w

    Alice in Wonderland or Swallows and Amazons for childhood – then Vile Bodies or The Garden of Eden and finally old age in The Summer Book

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  251. Jen Sadler

    Who can choose just one? I always want to hang out in the world of whatever novel I am reading. Currently? I wish to be a part of Percy Jackson's world!

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  252. Shanti

    Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover, without question.

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  253. sex scenes at starbucks

    The island from THE BLACK STALLION.

    Water, food, alone time with my favorite horse…

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  254. Stephanie S.

    Frank Herbert's world, Dune or even Caladan.

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  255. Keetha

    I'm so boring. And a dweeb, too, I suspect but Mitford, North Carolina. Nothing like a twee small town. With a bookstore *and* a bakery.

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  256. Taryn Tyler

    Perelandra in C.S. Lewis' space trilogy. I mean what could be better than living on ground that lulls you to sleep at night and gives you perfect fruit to eat and then spending all day long discussing philosophy?

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  257. KSB

    Gerald Durrell's Corfu in My Family and Other Animals, Vikram Seth's India in A Suitable Boy. Also liked the suggestion of the Famous Five haunts!

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  258. Moira Young

    Damar, in Robin McKinley's novel THE BLUE SWORD.

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  259. Sierra Godfrey

    I would live in Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree series, which is about a huge living tree that hosues nice fairies and goblins, and a different world comes every week to the top of the tree. The children of the story often visit. My favorite worlds: The Land of Birthdays and the Land of Take What you Want.

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  260. jenny wilson

    I would like to live in th tudour court from the Philipa Greogory books mainkly for the amount of sex, food and fun they have, obviously I wold avoid having my head choped off

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  261. jenny wilson

    I would like to live in th tudour court from the Philipa Greogory books mainkly for the amount of sex, food and fun they have, obviously I wold avoid having my head choped off

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  262. Sierra Godfrey

    OH MAN I can't believe I forgot Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals series, ala KSB's comment — oh to live in those heady sun-soaked days of independently-walthy 1930s Greece. Yes, yes, yes.

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  263. Rebecca W

    I would swing on over to Terabithia (although I wouldn't mind stopping by Hogwarts on the way).

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  264. TracyM

    Although it's not fiction, I'd most like to hang out with Thoreau during his stay at Walden Pond.

    Then I'd like to be Jay Gatsby's other neighbor.

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  265. anulkah

    Off the top of my head, definitely Avonlea from the Anne of Green Gables Series.

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  266. Dan

    Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles – I look great in a fedora.

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  267. bblueskye

    I already live in the world of Gore Vidal's "City and the Pillar." Much of the main character's life I have already lived in a way. The struggle with accepting my own homosexuality, the world of gay life I don't agree with, and having that one person in your life you love and could never be with.

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  268. ืฆื ื™ืขื•ืช [ืคืž''ื‘

    Annรบminas, by Nunial, Evendim. One must reinvent one's self to earn the right to dwell in these places, and stand against the Kingdom of Angmar. Then again, since there's not a wisp of tragic-hero material in myself, I'd be a happy Hufflepuff.

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  269. evepaludan

    Definitely plunk me inside of William Goldman's The Princess Bride (the 30th anniversary edition book!) and give me Buttercup's face and hair, Fezzik's strength, & Westley's wit! The only thing I would change: I wouldn't name my child Waverly. (No offense to people who have named their baby girl Waverly.)

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  270. R Elland

    If I could live in a world of one novel…
    The World of Robert Heinlein's Number of the Beast would be it.
    Multiverses, adventure, near immortality, space, time. And family. All the things that a person who wants to really travel can do. That would be perfect for me.

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  271. Horserider

    Hogwarts, Pern, and to be original, Tortall from Tamora Pierce's books. Because I'm in love with Tortall. Or Pirate's Swoop would be even better…

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  272. Steve Ulfelder

    I wouldn't mind living in Bertie Wooster's between-the-wars England. Needless to say, I'd invite myself to various magnificent estates as a long-term guest and stay sloshed all day. Might even luck into a locked-room mystery or two.

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  273. MrWahoo

    Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe" or Kilgore Trout's "Venus on the Halfshell"

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  274. Yen Ooi

    DUNE… definitely.

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  275. Matt Heppe

    The Shire before the War for the Ring. It would be a wonderful place to get away from the troubles of the world.

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  276. Linda

    Any mystical world would work for me, mid-century preferably. Since I can only pick one I am going to have to pick the world of Doctor Who, his world has no bounders; your imagination can go on forever.

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  277. Anonymous

    Any mystical world would work for me, mid-century preferably. Since I can only pick one I am going to have to pick the world of Doctor Who, his world has no bounders; your imagination can go on forever.

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  278. Fawn Neun

    Easy – Ankh-Morepork on Discworld.

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  279. ecb

    Caldwell, NY

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  280. Alyssa

    Narnia! Hands down. I would gladly live through all of them except The Last Battle.

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  281. Nicole

    Ironically you picked out two places I would totally love to be. Living in a world that has Hogwarts mean I can perform magic. Middle Earth…well honestly, what else is there to say about that?

    There was one other place I would totally go, but for the LIFE of me I cannot remember where it is or the book…that's going to drive me crazy all night now…

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  282. Anonymous

    Who wouldn't want to be a wizard and live at Hogwarts or Hogsmead?

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  283. Carol Fleserieu-Miller

    I've been thinking about this question and have actually come up with an answer. Usually I say I don't have a favorite of this or that and am noncommittal (sp?)
    But, I went to see Avatar twice. And, I don't do that very often. Both times, I came out of the theater wanting to be one of the 10foot tall, extremely athletic, spiritual, kind, loyal, fierce, courageous, loving, one with nature, blue bodied, scantily clad, tail with superconnection people on Avatar.

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  284. Anonymous

    Pride and Prejudice,but only if it could be the movie version and I can be Lizzy.Mr. Darcy would not be turned down with his first proposal.

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  285. pOwldreamer

    Ah,I would have to choose the first book in the In Death series by JD Robb. Roarke and Eve Dallas are the Lizzy and Darcy of the year 2058. I get to be Eve,thoug.

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  286. Kathy M.

    I love the world I am in now, but love escaping to the the worlds of other imaginations for a time.

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  287. Rebecca

    D'Hara or the Midlands, from Terry Goodkinds "Sword of Truth" Series

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  288. Eleanor Van Natta

    Ah, its a toss-up between Bronte's Wuthering Heights heather-filled hills and Gabaldon's "Outlander" series and her Scottish Highlands…but I ultimately agree with Josin McQuein in that I wouldn't actually, truly want to experience all that makes up those novels! Broken hearts and bodies abound…I will experience that via book, thank you.

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  289. B.B. Walter

    Terre de Ange from the Kushiel Series…Or George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series.

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  290. Marjorie

    I would like to live in the world of "Little Lulu." OK, that's not a novel. So I will pick living inside a Nancy Drew book.

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  291. Gina Frost

    I would want to live in Terry Goodkind's Midlands

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  292. Kim Koning

    Fantasia…with Atreyu, Falkor …. The Never Ending Story

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  293. Mark

    Tom McGuane's, Deadrock, because I have.

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  294. Anonymous

    Warrior cats defiantely

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  295. Anonymous

    Warrior cats definately,but most people probably dont know what it is like i dont know what all this middle earth stuff is about…

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  296. Alexandru Nuca

    Dune… or Peter Mayle's South of France

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