DAY 18: A Book You Wish You Could Live In.

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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…

Hogwarts is My Home

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?

Aragorn

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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37 thoughts on “DAY 18: A Book You Wish You Could Live In.

  1. Hmmm, not sure really. All the fantasy worlds make for good reading, but living in them is essentially like going back to the Middle Ages, with the added bonus of goblins trying to force a pike up my arse. And dragons are annoying ‘cos I really hate the smell of burnt hair.

    No thanks.

    Oddly enough, I’d really like to go be able to go back into the worlds that I read about during my non-fiction trevails. Being able to experience, for example, the things going on in Hitler’s bunker in April 1945 would fascinating. Same for the Spanish Armada and all the political intrigues during Queen Elizabeth I rein. I’d be very interested to see what her half-sister, Queen Mary was like. They never actually met and Mary was supposed to be very charming and energetic, if slightly bonkers. It’s probably why Liz chopped her head off.

    • Haha that was the trouble I was having! Fantasy has so many awesome things in it but it is hard to find one that isn’t restricted in many ways. Like Pullman and Tolkien as awesome as they are don’t have use of the internet, no blogging there! 😛 The Middle Ages have a lot of restrictions for females too.
      At least you would be safe from the smell directly though judging my your picture!

      Ahhh that’s cool, so you would rather go back in time as opposed to into a world, interesting. Wow, you certainly seem to know a lot about history. I’ve learnt a few facts just from that paragraph. 🙂

      Thanks for your input Cargill!

  2. Okay first of all, I LOVE ALL YOUR CHOICES. Harry Potter- obvious reasons. His Dark Materials- I want a Daemon too! I would love to know what my Daemon’s permanent form would be!

    And Lord of the Rings…oh I know, death and danger is rampant in Middle Earth but I would be there in a minute if I could! (Especially for Aragorn– I mean seriously, WHO COULD make an entrance like that?)

    Fantastic choices! 🙂

    • Heheee, thank you Lindsey! I was thinking about this the other day and I was wondering if Pullman got the idea from spirit animals, there are a lot of similarities. I reckon mine could be a cat, not because I like them but because I’m contrary, love the wilderness and can be quite antisocial. Then again, maybe I’d be something uncool like a tadpole, who knows. 😛

      Hehee I know it makes no sense does it? But we’re fangirls and we LOVE MIDDLE EARTH. Hey, don’t get any ideas about Aragon though, he’s mine. 😉 Want Orlando Bloom? LOL.

      Lovely to chat to you as always!

  3. I’ll be joining you in Middle-Earth. Though I think I’d be chasing down Eomer as opposed to Aragorn (and probably would freak Eowyn out by fangirling over her shamelessly).

    I’ve not been around much (work, 5:30 wakeup… all that fun stuff), but I’ve been loving your responses to these! I might have to look into this when I have some more time on my hands.

    • I thought you might be. 😉 Oooh really? Interesting, is that because of the book version, the movie version, or both? 😛 Hahaa I imagine you and Eowyn would get on very well!

      No worries Maggie, I know how when life gets stressful and busy the blog can go by the wayside, it’s totally understandable. Just don’t be one of those that disappears altogether! That’s happened to too many lovely blogs I follow, and I love your blog!

      Thank you, so glad you have been reading along and enjoying, I would love to see what your answers would be if you attempted this! No doubt you would mention loads of great novels that would test my self restraint. 😀

      • Bit of both. Movie version was quite attractive and the book version was exceptionally snarky and sarcastic. I’d love a combination of the two XD and I hope Eowyn and I would get along well. I’d have to contain squealing about how she’s pretty much one of my life models, at least on first meeting…

        Aw, thank you! I’ll try not to, it’s just been insane with work lately. The work isn’t even that bad, but the commute is something else entirely. I loathe it so much.

        Heh, I might try it once work is over and i have a bit more time to spare… we’ll see how the last year of college treats me.

      • Hahaa, sounds like the best of both world then! LOL, I’m sure the squealing would calm down…at some point…..eventually. 😛

        No problem. 🙂 Don’t worry I completely understand, when life gets full on you don’t feel like blogging! I’m sure I will be around way less once it hits September if last year is anything to go by.

  4. As soon as I saw this question I thought of Middle Earth but in the time of The Hobbit not Lord of the Rings. I would particularly want to visit Rivendell in happy times when the elves dance and sing in the forest at night, and by day feast and swim in the river 🙂

    • I thought the period of time during The Hobbit would be a great time to live in Middle Earth too, just enough danger but not as much responsibility and misery as the LOTR books. But then I thought, wait a minute, Aragorn wouldn’t around at that point!!! So I will stick to the mortal peril I guess. 😛

      Fantastic choice! Rivendell is such a magical, rich and peaceful place I would love to visit there too. 😀

    • I know, right? How could anyone resist? With the sword wielding, noble morals and straggly beard. 😛 The war is a dilemma, but I would brave it for him. 😉

      Harry Potter is the best, thanks for reading Paula!

  5. Omg, such a great blog! I had a few chuckles with the Aragorn and Females Wanted In Middle Earth bits XD I love all these choices! I especially love how your UK-ness shines through in phrases like “tuck in” and “sillybuggers” because we (depressingly) do not say those kids of things in the US unless we’re of course pretending to be in Harry Potter 😀 love it! I would also wanna be a hobbit, btw. Getting to lounge around in the woods all afternoon reading and spending the evening having some ale and fine Shire food?!?!!! Sounds like heaven!
    Great blog, Becky! 😀

    • Thank you Lauren! Haha it’s so true though! They should put up a wanted poster or something and audition people. I’m not quite sure what to think about one of my all time favourite stories being kinda sexist, but ohh well. I guess it reflects the time and the author.
      Hahaha no way, do I sound ridiculously British? I don’t even think about it during everyday life, but occasionally I come across something on an American blog that gets me all excited, like the other day someone posted a picture of BLEACHERS, at a sport event. I nerded out because we don’t have those!!! They’re a see it on TV only thing. 😛

      I absolutely love woods and forests so that is one of the massive appeals of Middle Earth to me. 😀

      Thanks Lauren!

      • Oh, well, I think Tolkien was fairly progressive in his novels for the time – I mean he did give Eowyn a big accomplishment – but methinks all his hanging out with CS Lewis had a bad influence on him XD “John, I think you need to cut out some of your female characters’ scenes.” “Clive… you’re writing a book about a little girl who is transported to another world through a WARDROBE!” “Yes well take my word for it, less Eowyn, more Isengard.”
        Oh I don’t think you sound ridiculously British – just wonderfully British! I’m so jealous, I’ve always wanted to be British but nooooo. You guys don’t have bleachers?! Wow! They’re such a staple here. But why they’re called “bleachers” I can’t even imagine XD

      • Yeah that’s true. I think I read somewhere that Tolkien didn’t like writing about female characters, but I can’t remember where I saw it so I don’t know how accurate that was…!

        Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were friends? I had no idea! Did Lewis have a thing against female characters then? Ha, there’s certainly a LOT of Isengard. 😛

        Haha that’s okay then! 😀 That’s so funny, because I kind of always wanted to be American, HA. It’s almost a running joke with my friends because sometimes I saw things in a way that sounds American or use words like mail instead of post which is also American. 😛 I’ve decided I like being British now, but Americans still ROCK!
        Nope we don’t, sad stuff!

  6. I had also chosen Harry Potter for this question when I did the Challenge. Although preferably a Voldemort-free world… 🙂
    A Daemon sounds so cool. It reminds me of ‘spirit animals’ or totem animals I think they’re called, in Native American culture.
    Howabouts we have a double wedding? You and Aragorn, me and Legolas? 😀

    • Good choice, very good choice! I would also prefer the Voldemort free period, then everyone could be happy forever with lots of rainbows and sunshine. 😛

      Funnily enough I thought that too as I was writing it and mentioned it to someone above in the comments, it does definitely remind me of spirit animals and I do wonder if that was where he got the idea from! I wish we could ask him. 🙂

      YES, sounds fantastic to me. 😀

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  8. Great justifications for why you want to live in those books.
    I’d pick these three:
    – The Bible. Not from any religious imperative, but to see what actually happened, and how it got translated to the page
    – Any of the earlier Clive Cussler books with Dirk Pitt. Adventurous mayhem!
    – Any good fully illustrated travel magazine of the Caribean.

    • Thank you. 🙂

      Ohh my gosh The Bible, that is a BRILLIANT idea, I would love to do that! And a travel magazine, how did I not think of that? 😛 Genius. I’d probably pick one depicting Italy or Nasville! I have yet to read a Clive Cussler book but I will take your word for it. 🙂

  9. I agree with all of your answers!! Harry Potter is a given. I need to re-read His Dark Materials but I remember loving the fantasy world. Middle Earth! Even now, I fervently want to be an elf. I’ve always thought it. So pretty and serene yet pretty nifty with a bow and arrow. Yep, marrying Aragorn wouldn’t be so bad either…

    • Thank you, it’s always good to be on the same wavelength as you! 🙂 Harry Potter is a given, how could it ever not be? 😛 I’ve read His Dark Materials twice now and I STILL can’t remember it very well, even though I loved it. I think it’s such a heavily involved plot that you can’t keep all the details in your head!
      Elves are awesome, I would love if you were an elf! Then you could give me the secret passcode to get into Middle Earth. Hey hand off, Aragorn is mine. 😉 LOL.

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