Okay, this was a lot harder than I expected. I think I need to read more fantasy books that are set in happier places. However, now that I’ve got all my choices laid out, I think they all represent rather different parts of me, interestingly enough.
The Wizarding World from Harry Potter
(The child in me)
I mean……Hogwarts is already my home, so. It’s warm and familiar and magical. Also, fun fact, I’ve always pictured Ron’s house to look like my own childhood best friend’s house, which adds another layer of familiarity and nostalgia ❤
Cabeswater from The Raven Cycle
(The introvert in me)
I don’t think I’d want to live in Cabeswater, but I’d want to live near it (probably at the Barnes. This one should be about the Barnes but I want to talk about Cabeswater) so I could hang out there, especially because of the whole time warpy thing. I’d love to while away hours there knowing that I’d wasted hardly any time at all when I came back out. It feels like the perfect place to escape when I’m exhausted from the world and people and real life and just want to be alone and read. Also it’s so atmospheric and beautiful and magical, I’d love to lay on the ground and just…look. So basically I want to live in the setting of The Raven Cycle and use Cabeswater as my hideaway.
Red London from the Shades of Magic series
(The explorer in me)
I’d love to explore Red London if I lived there, it’s so magical and lively and adventurous, and I love to explore by foot. I wouldn’t want to get into scuffles like Lila and Kell did there, but I’d love to see the festivities and lurk around quietly. I want to observe the action and try the food.
The Lunar Chronicles Universe
(The traveler in me)
If there’s no plague or evil queens, I’d love to live in the Lunar Chronicles universe and play around with their technology. Most of all, I’d love to board one of their ships and be on the other side of the world in no time. So I guess what I’m saying is I’d love to live on the Rampion. And travel the world. And be Cress. I want to be Cress. That’s what I’m trying to say.
The Picturesque Secret History
(The Northerner in me)
Okay, hear me out, and maybe this is cheating because I already live in New England, but not in a place nearly as atmospheric. I love sleepy, chilly northern towns. I love foresty, autumnal college campuses full of old brick buildings. I love the setting of The Secret History, and while I do not want my life to be nearly as depressing or dramatic as the lives in this book, I’ve got a morbid longing for the picturesque, forgive me.
How do you feel about these places? What bookish worlds would you like to live in?