Ok, there’s no way I’m going to be able to pick just ONE book I wish I could live in, there are far too many fantastic ones! For the most part though my choices lean heavily to the fantasy genre for obvious reasons. I mean, who wouldn’t want to escape to a place where fairies, trolls, unicorns, and magic exist? That is just too greater opportunity to pass up. 😀
The first book I would love to live in is unsurprisingly J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, which I’m sure many of you will agree with! I want to taste those perilous Bertie Botts Every Favour Beans and tuck in at the great feast. I want to talk to a moving picture and forget my House password. I want to ride on a broom, soar with a Hippogriff and fly with a dragon. I want to walk down the corridors of Hogwarts in awe and watch those moving staircases play sillybuggers for hours!
There isn’t one aspect of the Harry Potter universe that I dislike, everything about it is magic. I especially love that it runs parallel to our own world because it makes it feel all the more possible. What I wouldn’t give to leave my muggle life behind and learn to use magic. 😀 I think I’m still in denial actually…
My second choice is Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (hmm, I’ve ended up referencing him more than I expected in this challenge). The reason behind this choice is that every human in Pullman’s world gets to have their own Dæmon! What’s a Dæmon you ask? Well, it is kind of difficult to explain, but every person is born with an animal that is physically and mentally attached to them by an invisible tether. They are incapable of going a few yards from each other so it is kind of like having a permanent companion. A Dæmon can switch into any type of animal at will depending on what form they feel like or a situation needs. Want something to cuddle? You Dæmon can turn into a dog. Need protection? Have your Dæmon turn into a tiger. Want to spy on a private conversation? Your Dæmon can turn into a bird! They can transform into any animal shape until their human reaches adolescence, at which point it settles on a final form that reflects the human’s characteristics e.g. a dog showing they are loyal. A Dæmon normally acts as a best friend, a conscience or someone to seek advice from. In the book it is presented as a wonderful and powerful relationship. I would love to find out what my Dæmon’s static animal form would be to reflect my personality. 😀
Finally, I also wish I could live in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth because…well okay, there is NO logical reason why I should want to love in Middle Earth! It’s dangerous and violent and there are orks and evils lords out to get everyone, BUT I JUST WANNA LIVE THERE OKAY? I WANT TO BE A HOBBIT, OR AN ELF AND I WANT TO MARRY ARAGORN. Because seriously, who else could make an entrance like this?
Anyhoooows, trivial and frivolous thoughts aside that make my love of Lord of the Rings look shallow, I really do love Tolkien’s universe. I would happily live in a hobbit hole if I could, but I love that there are so many choices. I could settle in a village in a remote bit of country or devote my life to one of the many magical forests. I could delve into the mines with the dwarves never be seen again or spend my time in a grand castle’s of thick stone, hoping to bump into a certain future king. While the majority of Tolkien’s books are set during times of peril, there is hope too and many strong, admirable characters who stand up for what they believe in despite the impossible odds.
Plus there are only a minuscule percentage of females characters in the books, so I think they could use my help, don’t you? 😛
Which book do you wish you could live in? There are so many to choose from! 🙂
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