Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Most Vivid Fictional Settings



Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is "ten most vivid book settings or worlds."
For me, it is the characters of the book that make me get completely involved in the story; but the setting makes the scenes come to life. Fantastical or otherwise, there are some fictional settings that have made a huge impression on me - from the Christmas-card-like Hogsmeade, which I can easily visualize, to Ankh-Morpork, which I can almost smell
Here's a list of ten most vivid (not always pleasant) book settings (in no particular older): 

1. Hogsmeade- from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

2. Ankh-Morpork - from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

3. The Overlook Hotel - from The Shining by Stephen King

4. Todefright - from The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt

5. The Kingdom of Lost-Hope (in Faerie) - from Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

6. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books - from The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

7. Mulligan's Valley - from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

8. Series 10 - from The Lives of Christopher Chant (Chronicles of Chrestomanci) by Diana Wynne Jones

9. Death's Domain - from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

10. Hotel Savoy - from Hotel Savoy by Joseph Roth

Naturally, all these books were my favourites at one time or the other, and all worth reading! Which fictional worlds or settings do you love?

14 comments:

Christine said...

I had Shadows of the Wind too- love the book and The Cemetery!

Harish said...

I will go with the classic dreamland- Alice's wonder land. It has an innocent dream like goodness. Even today after a tough day's work, I find it amusing to spend some time there.

Bookworm Belle said...

As much as I can't stand Ayn Rand, Mulligan's Valley was admittedly quite vivid. I would have never thought of it, but you're totally right! Great selection, a little bit of everything makes a great list, IMO :)

Mai Lene said...

I want to come to Hogsmeade some day, or at least to the copy they've made in Florida. It sounds like a really nice - and magic - place!

Falaise said...

Good list - I like that you didn't just list Discworld but put down specific places (unlike me!).

Lori said...

The Overlook hotel is an awesome choice! Great list!
My Top Ten

Sanveer Singh said...

221 B, Baker Street. Victorian London in general.

theflutterbyroom.com said...

That is a great list.I don't think I picked any of the same places as you - I totally forgot about Diskworld, opps! But there are some awesome places on your list.

LBC said...

I haven't read The Shining, but the setting is definitely vivid in the movie. I also really want to read Zafron.

Jenny said...

I love that you have Hogsmeade on your list! I have Hogwarts on mine. I thought about The Shining, as well. Great choices!

BookSmartie said...

Wow, I haven't heard of most of these but of course the Harry Potter world must be included! Hogsmeade is great, but I also love every other place Rowling created :)
My TTT:
http://booksmartie.blogspot.de/2012/07/top-ten-tuesday_24.html

Nicole said...

Oooo, I love how you went with Hogsmeade and not Hogwarts. Great choices!

greatmunchiereads.com said...

WOW! Great List.

I haven't heard of a few you have but so many amazing picks :-)

-Cassie

Lianne said...

Great list! I have yet to read The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt but the premise is intriguing. And I totally agree with Death's Domain from Discworld, there's just somehing about that place...

Am super late here but thanks for dropping by my blog last week!

- Li @ rulethewaves.net

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