I like a good adventure. And I also like to be safe. Thus, reading books makes for good, safe adventure with minimal risk of injury (minus the occasional paper cut).
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and Bookish is the Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books.
- Panem in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. By the time you finish reading the series, you feel as if you were there in the action the whole time. It is a believable place and very imaginable.
- The Harry Potter series setting by J.K. Rowling. This is one of those places that is so made up and yet seems so real. From book one, you can picture the magic and mystery. It is amazing how everything comes together, the magic and the non-magic.
- Wonderland from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This is a classic that brings you to a far away and mystical place. I think some of the imagery in my head is from the animated movie, but nonetheless, you are taken to a place that you believe to be true.
- The chocolate factory in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. What kid didn’t want to visit? The setting is so unusual and yet plays into all kinds of childhood dreams. Plus, who doesn’t want to meet an Oompa Loompa?
- The prairies in the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I don’t really know what it was like to live back then, but she describes things in such vivid and lifelike detail that you can’t help but feel like you are there too. Although I question if I would be cut out for life back then, I can’t help but wish I could experience it.
- The Soviet prison camp in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Tvardovsky. This was an assigned reading in high school, but I loved the book. It is set in the dead of winter in a Northern Russian prison just following World War II and follows a prisoner from dawn to the end of the day. When you read the book, you feel cold and tired and true empathy for this man living in such a difficult setting.
- Avonlea in the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. I have been to see the house and the village on PEI, and you can see things that look like what the book talks about. In fact most of the settings of the book are available in some form as a tourism site. But, the book alone enables you to see that world, without having to travel any farther.
- The room in Room by Emma Donoghue. Jack’s world is a single room. He describes it in intense detail to the point where you too can feel as if you have spent time in room. That, like the story, is pretty amazing.
- Narnia in The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. I love that this book takes us from our world to another through the eyes of people who are from our world. Narnia is a fascinating place that sounds to me as if it would be beautiful to visit and know.
- The prisoner of war camp in Paul Brickhill’s The Great Escape. My grade 5 teacher read this book to us. To be honest, I haven’t read it since, but I will never forget how real it seemed (given it is based on a true story).
So, there we go… A few vivid worlds and settings I have visited through books.
Do you have any particular places in books that you found to be particularly memorable or vivid?