I saw this topic and knew I HAD to do it because uh, I am permanently depressed that I can’t go to all the places I’ve read about in books. Damn you authors giving me unrealistic expectations *shakes fist at sky* I’m going to attempt a list that actually works in order of places I most want to visit this time – look at me trying to be all organised and stuff! Anyway, as you all probably know by now, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish.
1. Diagon Alley – Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling.
Y’all, my need to visit Flourish & Blotts is so strong *sobs* If I got to go to Diagon Alley I could finally get myself a copy of Hogwarts: A History. DO YOU KNOW WHAT I WOULD GIVE FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. DO. YOU. Also: Ollivander’s (I fancy myself as the kind of person who would end up with a bendy wand, long, good for Charms work), that pet shop I can’t remember the name of so I could get myself a cat or possibly an owl; we’ll see when we get there, Gringotts, any place that sells Butterbeer because I’ve been waiting my whole LIFE to try it *sobs more* Ohhh, and obviously I’d need to purchase myself a set of wizarding chess – I’ve always wanted a game with pieces that shout at you unhelpfully when you get things wrong.
Also, I know Hogwarts will be on so many lists but I have reasons why I chose to leave it off mine:
2. Lyra’s Oxford – His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman.
Lyra’s world is like an awesome, steampunk parallel to our own and I have wanted to go there for the LONGEST time. Travelling by Zeppelins, having your own daemon (mine would be a cat otherwise my whole life will have been a lie), ARMOURED BEARS, witches and a London that is the same yet so different. Steampunk worlds are awesome, you guys.
3. Jurassic Park – Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton.
There is a slight chance that I have allowed the message of the book to slide over my head but who cares because DINOSAURS. So many dinosaurs, so many dreams come true *sob sob sob*
4. Alice’s Wonderland – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll.
There is a lot of stuff I love about Alice in Wonderland, mostly that it’s so weird and surreal. I would like to have tea with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, paint roses with the Queen’s Cards, play Croquet with a flamingo, and talk to the Cheshire Cat. Also when she goes through the Looking Glass in the second book and everything is somehow weirder and even more fantastic – Alice, you are my people.
5. The Shire – The Fellowship of The Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien.
If I was a fictional being I would legit be a Hobbit. This is because I too am short, enjoy reading and living a peaceful life away from drama while eatings lots of delicious food. The Shire is idyllic, okay. I’d also like to see the rest of Middle Earth…maybe I could be one of those Hobbits with a taste for adventure that everyone else in the Shire thinks is a bit weird. Cool with it.
6. Neverland – Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie.
Another one of those places I always wanted to visit so much as a child, Neverland has the added appeal now of pure escapism. I could go there and like, never have to face real life again. Plus there are pirates and mermaids and fairies so really there is no downside here.
7. Camp Half-Blood – Percy Jackson, Rick Riordan.
FRICK YEAH, who wouldn’t want to go to Camp Half-Blood?! I love the idea of all the buildings reflecting each of the Gods, and playing Capture the Flag sounds fabulous even though I’d probably lose horrendously. Plus, Percy <3 *you are my sunshine plays in the distance* Also I upon finishing The Son of Neptune I will begrudgingly admit that Camp Jupiter is also the shit and that I’d happily visit both.
8. The Faraway Tree – The Enchanted Wood, Enid Blyton.
The Faraway Tree is a huge, magical tree in the middle of a wood and it is basically the most bitchin’ (fictional) place in all of England. Each branch has a small treehouse with different magical denizens living there – there’s an Angry Pixie, a Fairy, a crazy old lady who washes clothes all day and tips the dirty water down the tree, a Saucepan Man and a dude called Moonface whose face is literally round like the Moon. Plus at night they have these fairs in the woods with toys and fairies and gnomes and everything awesome all just having a party. Oh, but the best thing about The Faraway Tree is that right at the top of the tree you can climb a ladder and emerge into a different land and it’s the coolest. I’m so sad why don’t I live here :(((((
9. Howl’s Moving Castle – Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones.
It’s a giant, creaking, falling apart building that moves. It’s the most perfect home ever *weeps* And Calcifer! And Howl! And Sophieeee! Also I actually prefer the movie interpretation of Howl’s castle to the book but both are great. I would like to live there now please.
10. Valyria – A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin.
I want to see dragons, okay. Really big dragons like the ones spoken of in the old legends, flying and breathing fire and generally being the most badass. Dragooooooooons. I love dragons; I’m very sad that I don’t actually live in a fantasy world. I particularly love the mythology around the dragons in this series – just the fact that there is a legendary dragon known as ‘the black dread’ fills me with glee. Dragons should be glorious and terrible always.