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This Week’s Question
What’s your favorite book world?
Agent Annie says…
I would have to say the Universe of Stephen King. It’s so fascinating how interconnected his books are, not just the surface stuff that takes place in Maine or New England, but the underlying tapestry of monsters, heroes, travelers and everyday folk. I will also read his books and have re-read several!
Invested Ivana says…
Man, that’s a hard question. My first instinct is to say the worlds of either The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley or Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, both historical fiction with some fantasy elements. Yet, I know enough about history to know that living in either medieval times or the 18th century would NOT be pleasant for a modern person. Lice is all you have to say to make me adore the modern world.
So many of the urban fantasy worlds I read are gritty and harsh, and though I enjoy visiting them, I don’t think I’d survive living there. I certainly don’t want to live in a dystopian or post-apocalyptic world.
I think my choice would have to be living in the wizarding world of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, after He Who Must Not Be Named is defeated the second time, because I LOVE the magic. I’d have a house elf, whom I would treat VERY well, and an owl, and an incredibly smart pet rat (who is not an animagus in hiding). I would learn all the household magic so I didn’t have to wash dishes or clean the house ever again (just in case something happened to my house elf), and I would become excellent at apparating so I never had to waste time traveling if I didn’t want to. 🙂
Nervous Nellie says…
Wow. What world? Well, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to live in any of the worlds I read about because I would never survive. All the heroes and heroines are kick ass and I am anything but. If I had to choose my favorite world…to visit…ONLY to visit via a book, I would choose J.D. Robb‘s world in the In Death series, The Hellequin Chronicles series by Steve McHugh or the Scanguard Vampire‘s world written by Tina Folsom.
Kat Mandu says…
Favorite book world – This is a tough one for me. The first one that popped into my head was naturally, Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling). But I feel like the wizarding world is a pretty standard answer for most fantasy fans, so I’ll donate another answer. I really love Patricia C. Wrede‘s fantasy world that you discover in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Here, dragons will be your friends, princesses are badasses, and magic always leads to the best adventures. It’s a four-book series I used to immerse myself in when I was a kid.
Luna Lovebooks says…
My favorite book world would definitely have to be that of Cassandra Clare‘s Shadowhunters from Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy! I love the idea of a world within ours that ordinary people can’t see. A world where angel warriors keep demons and other things that go bump in the night at bay. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should!
Ruby Lee says…
It is so hard for me to pick just one because I think half of the force that draws us to a particular series is the desire to be a part of that world. When I read I want to escape into the story so I really only want to read books where I would like the book world.
1) Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. In all truth, part of me would want to be in this world just to see what Reyes looks like. I also know that this world would be stressful and require a lot of caffeine but how awesome would it be to be among the army that stops Satan. What an adventure.
2) Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham. I would love to be part of an FBI team that has paranormal abilities and stops bad guys while falling in love with their partner. That would be the ultimate.
3) Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I know this is a finished series and I really don’t want to be part of the world at the end. I would like to be with Sookie and experience the entire crazy vampire, shape-shifting, werewolf, fairy world from the start.
I could go on and on because there are so many worlds I would love to live in. Fortunately for me I can go anytime I want by just turning on my kindle.
Vagabond Vahn says…
Traditional Fantasy has always seemed a risky genre to me for World Builders. The author is in charge of building everything from scratch and striking a balance between providing the reader enough details to envision and experience the world, and bogging them down with too much information.
I once read a Traditional Fantasy story where the character was traveling away from town. The author started writing about a bush the character was passing by, and I realized 2 paragraphs later that I was still reading about that bush. That pulled me out of the story completely, and was a jarring realization. I put that book down and moved on.
The two trilogies I mentioned above really stick out in my mind. They are beautiful representations of the right balance in the creation of those worlds. There is enough history, geography, and lore present to provide a solid foundation for the reader that gives them a good grasp of the world and it’s rules. It’s the right amount to allow me to lose myself in that world with the characters, without pulling me out of the scene with a textbook style dialog about that history, or a bush.
The story is the most important, but I can be pulled out of the story if the world building doesn’t find a good balance.
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