This month’s Top 5 Wednesday prompts aren’t really up my alley, so I’m going to temporarily jump ship and do a couple from Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by Bionic Book Worm. We’re starting out with a sort of difficult one, because I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but let’s see what I can come up with!
AUGUST 1ST – Top 5 book worlds I want to live in
Harry Potter. I mean, this is almost too obvious to even mention, but I have to say it anyway. There is no fictional universe that I have ever wanted to be a part of more than the Harry Potter world. Touring the Leavesden Studio in London was one of the most magical experiences of my life. (Tragically, I was always too practical to be ‘waiting for my Hogwarts letter.’ I knew it was fictional. Kid me wasn’t much of an idealist.)
When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen. I had some problems with this book, but one thing is for sure: I loved the atmosphere. This is a vaguely Victorian paranormal fantasy with a moody, evocative, sultry vibe, and it was awesome. I mean, granted, I’d much rather be rich in this universe than poor, but that’s true of most places, isn’t it?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I read this book almost two years ago, and I still can’t decide what I thought of it. Sometimes I think it’s gorgeous and compelling and beautiful, and sometimes I think it’s underdeveloped and overrated. But again, there is absolutely no arguing that the atmosphere in this novel is stunning. I don’t even like ‘circus stories,’ usually, but damn did I ever want to dive straight into these pages and visit the Night Circus.
Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault. This is usually my answer to the ‘which historical period would you visit’ question. What I wouldn’t give to go back in time and see Alexander the Great in action. He’s a historical figure who’s practically become mythologized, so you can’t help but to be curious about what the real person was like.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. I can’t help it, I love the aesthetic of elite academia. I would love so much to attend Dellecher Classical Conservatory, Rio’s fictional school of higher education, where students study theatre, Shakespeare, dance, art, etc… I can’t remember if classical languages is a department at Dellecher, but if it is, that’s definitely what I would do. Continuing my studies of Latin in a vaguely pretentious environment like that is the aesthetic dream.
Which fictional universes do you want to be a part of? Comment and let me know!