J J Hanna
Fictional Places I Would Love to Visit
Due to the many books I’ve read, I’ve found the amazing ability to travel without getting on a plane. In most of those books, I’ve found worlds I would love to live in, or at least visit. Here are a few of my favorites.
Camp Half-Blood, from the books by Rick Riordan, is one of the coolest places on earth. The downside, well, unless you’re the Oracle of Delphi, only demigods can get in. Between the long anticipated capture the flag games, a climbing wall with lava for emphasis, archery and sword fighting, and pegasus stables, it would be impossible to get bored. Not to mention that all of the campers have a superpower of some sort due to their godly heritage. Basically, this is definitely somewhere I’d like to visit, if not stay at for a while.
Let’s be real — who read The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis and didn’t want to go there? Sure, it was winter for a while, but once Aslan came back it sounds like a pretty amazing place to live. And, despite the winter and White Witch, the animals and trees talk! How great would that be? I’d love to go to a party in the ballroom of Cair Paravel, or even just spend some time walking among the trees.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
J. K. Rowling really outdid herself with the Harry Potter books. Specifically, the school she created. People tend to think Hermione is strange for being so excited about everything. She gets labeled as a nerd. A fan favorite line is, “I’m going to bed before either of you two come up with another clever idea to get us killed — or worse, expelled!” Let’s face it, though. If I’d grown up in the muggle world and then found out I had the ability to do magic, something I’ve only read about and dreamed of doing, I’d probably be just as excited as Hermione. Although, I have to say, I’d be a Slytherin.
Any fan of the show Doctor Who knows where I’m talking about. Gallifrey, the home of the Time Lords and Ladies. In “Gridlock” the tenth Doctor begins telling Martha of his home with this: “The second sun would rise in the south, the mountains would shine. The leaves on the trees were silver. When they caught the light every morning, they lit the forest on fire.” Long story short, I’d love to go see that planet and explore it before the Time War happened.
This is the world of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is one of those places that I would love to visit, but would not like to live in. I think the capitol in particular would be a very interesting place to walk around, or go to the stores and try on clothes for fun, just to experience it. But I would not want to stay long in the world, and if I could, on my way out, I’d like to stop by all the districts. It would be an interesting tour.
This is another of those “who read the book and didn’t want to visit?” settings. I would love to get on the road and travel my way through the world, preferably with Gandalf or Aragorn as a guide. I want to see the elves and the mountains, the old forest, I want to meet Tom Bombadil, see a dragon, maybe ride on the backs of the giant eagles. Reading The Lord of the Rings really makes Middle Earth feel real, so props to J. R. R. Tolkien.
There’s something magical about the land of Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Maybe it’s the mermaids, or the fairies, or the pirate ships. Or, perhaps, it’s the fact that you can actually fly to a star (“Second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning.”) and never grow up when you get there. Okay, so there are lots of magical things about Neverland, and there’s something in me attracted to magic. So, I think it would make a good fit.
What are some of the fictional places you’d like to visit? Let me know here or comment on social media.
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