The topic this time out is one all readers have considered from time to time: What fictional world would you like to live in?
I have to admit pondering this question a lot when I was young. Probably that is because I was a fairly angst ridden teen who daydreamed about escaping what I then thought was a horrid existence. As I’ve grown older, the idea of jettisoning my current life for the greener grass of fictional landscapes isn’t as tempting as it once was, but it still crosses my mind occasionally.
Understand that each of the ten fictional worlds I’ve picked below isn’t ideal. (Honestly, if any of these places were great places to life without problems then there wouldn’t be any stories about them, right?) My desire take up residence hinging on something special about each one.
Last thing: I’m reserving the right to leave these places if I don’t get the right job, but that is a topic for another time!
BOOKISH WORLDS I’D LIKE TO LIVE IN
Sure, this is a Dungeon and Dragons cookie cutter land with all the normal resident of fantasy environments. We have the dragons, the elves, the dwarfs, the knights, the minotaur, the halflings, and every other AD&D creature regularly appearing in your favorite module, but this place was also magic, rising above its generic fantasy design, and I’d love to visit every familiar corner of it.
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How can I resist a fictional land where magic works but everything else is a near carbon copy of the European High Middle Ages. There are lords and ladies, knights and artists, living together in a world where my chosen religion is the unchallenged foundation of the culture. Are there problems, evil people, and the normal corruption humanity seems to always introduce into everything? Sure, but it isn’t as bad as many other fantasy world’s I’ve read about.
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The idea of living on an alien world where thread destroys everything every so often sounds pretty bad, but it does have one major thing going for it: dragons. What I am specifically interested in being the possibility to be a dragonrider of Pern. Sure, it sounds like a challenging task, but I’d sure love to be in a position to give that type of job a try. Sounds much more fun than my real life occupation.
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The World of the Hyborean Age seems like a difficult but exciting place to live. Yeah, it is very reminiscent of all the other medieval type worlds in fantasy, but there is something grand about these lands where Robert E. Howard’s barbarian hero lives. Perhaps I could take up thieving, become a pirate, or just take over as king of mighty Aquilonia.
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6. STAR WARS
This franchise has fallen steadily in my esteem since its creator George Lucas sold out to Disney, but I still have a constant love deep down inside for the galaxy far, far away from the Original Trilogy. And if I could find the right position, a nice planet to settle down on, and some good friends, then I’d love to enjoy some quality life in this amazing place.
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5. WHEEL OF TIME
I’m not really sure anymore why I continue to have a deep fondness for Robert Jordan’s fantasy world. I mean, those middle books tried really hard to leech all the fun out of this epic saga, but I suppose the familiar fantasy traits, unique mixture, and a fascinating history really made me fall in love with this place.
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This is a brutal world. There are demons, vampires, undead, skaven, orcs, and much worse creatures seeming to lurk around every corner. The terrible stuff happens far too often here. But . . .there are so many wondrous things as well. Magic, airships, and mesmerizing marvels. Would it be difficult to live here? Yeah, it would. But if you could, it might also be quite the experience – both good and bad.
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3. POWDER MAGE
This flintlock fantasy world has captivated my imagination; the powder mages overtaking the Jedi as my favorite “magic-users”, as difficult as it is for me to acknowledge that. As for the world itself, it is yet another familiar yet unique variation of the familiar, but I still love it.
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2. THE LAND
I know many, many people hate the title character, Thomas Covenant, of this old school fantasy. Believe me, I understand. But what I have never understand is why more people don’t love The Land where this guy travels. From magical creatures, wondrous forests, and undying warriors, this place is quite a spectacular environment.
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1. LORD OF THE RINGS
From the ancient days of The Silmarillion to the glorious height of Numenor to the War of the Rings, Tolkien’s world is so complex, so believable yet magical that I feel in love with it the first time I ever opened one of his novels, and I’ve wondered what it would be like to walk the halls of Rivendell or climb up the streets of Minas Tirith since I was a preteen.
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