Friday Favorites: Fictional Worlds

Happy Friday, my dear bookish people! We are here today to talk about our favorite fictional worlds. These can be worlds you’d drop everything to go live in because they are just *that wonderful* or worlds that straight up terrify you, but are still highly intriguing and well built. Or it can just be a world that is filled with smokin’ hot Fae, because sometimes that’s just what you need. So let’s go world hopping!

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The Shire (The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings) – This will ALWAYS be my first answer when someone asks about favorite fictional worlds. ALWAYS. I’m sure there are many nice places in Middle Earth, but The Shire will always have my heart. Though, I’ve recently read Fellowship of the Ring again, and Hobbits can be jerks a little bit. Those darn Sackville-Bagginses! But as long as I have the Green Dragon and a perfectly cozy hobbit hole to cook up my second breakfast in, I’ll be content.

Yousay (LIFEL1K3) – And here is an example of a world that I would definitely NOT survive, but damn is it interesting as heck. Jay Kristoff is becoming one of my favorite world builders. He somehow manages to create rich new worlds without bashing you over the head in the process of building it. Yousay is the USA after some shit went down. It seems very hot, very chaotic, and very interesting. There are half robot dogs FFS! I want a half robot corgi gosh darn it!!

Erilea (Throne of Glass) – I can’t help but love the world from Throne of Glass. It might not be as well built as others, but there is something magical about it that my mind constantly wanders back to.

The World of Scythe – Yes, hi, I need to live forever so I can read ALL THE BOOKS! In Scythe, our world has been stripped of mortality and damn is it interesting to see how Schusterman imagines what we’d be like. It is a little frightening. But I feel like it would be immensely fun to live hundreds of years. Think of all the exploring you could do, not just of the world, but of who you are as a person and what you enjoy doing.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – You didn’t think I’d have a Favorite Fictional Worlds list without this did you?? The wizarding world sounds like an absolute blast, assuming you don’t run afoul of any of the murderous dark wizards. There is such awe and endless possibility in the wizarding world. Though, I could use with some less post book world building…

Cosmere (Mistborn/Stormlight Archives/others) – Brandon Sanderson can build one heck of a world. I can’t say I’d want to visit the world in Mistborn until the Era 2 book, but Roshar in Stormlight Archives has some really interesting sounding places. Putting aside the livability factor of Sanderson’s worlds, I really have to doff my hat to the man, because never in my life have I experienced world building as good as his. It seems so effortless, yet I can imagine there is quite a bit of work behind it all. And the way all the differently worlds tie in via the Cosmere kinda blows my mind. Literally, it blows right past my mind sometimes, but in a good way.

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