23 October 2009

Yackety-yak: Where would you go?

Sugar Maple (the town I visited recently in Laced With Magic) was so picturesque and magically infused that I found my self wishing I too could visit Sugar Maple.

I want to stroll the enchanting mountain town and eat at a tavern with a shapeshifter and fairy.

Then yesterday when I visited the lovely Jo at Ink and Paper,
I found she too was wondering a similar thing.

That brings me to today's Yackety-Yak question:
If you could step in to a book and visit any fictional
town, city, home, or location which would it be? Where would you go?
  • Would you brave Panem (Catching Fire and The Hunger Games)?
  • Would you perhaps prefer something more safe and ethereal like Holly's pre-heaven from You Had Me At Halo?
  • Maybe a quirky modern day Texas city where werepeople and vampires not only live among humans but also suffer from racism? (Tantalize)
  • How about visiting Liz's after life home in Elsewhere?


  1. I don't think I'd be able to brave Panem under any circumstances. Love for the book aside, the Capitol is enough reason for me run far, far away.

    But if given the choice, my answer would be Middle Earth. I don't think there's a place out there (real or fictional) that I would want to visit more. :)

  2. I'm not really sure. I think I would want to visit Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series' world (wow, that was a mouthful!) 'cause it sounds so interesting how magic exists in it.

  3. I would most definitely want to go to the world in David Edding's Belgariad series or the world in Lisa Shearin's Raine Benares series. All those creatures, all that magic. So much awesomeness!

    Thanks for the heads up, Juju!

  4. What a great question, Juju!

    There are so many options. . . I would definitely say Narnia, Hogwarts Academy, Oz, Manderley Estate (from Rebecca) and, naturally, Pemberley.

    I am going to have to bump the Laced with Magic series up on my TBR list. It sounds so good!

  5. I'm definitely going to have to say various different locations around the Harry Potter universe. Definitely want to Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, etc. I'd also love to go to Pemberley, and visit some scenes from Greek mythology.

  6. Awesome question Juju! I haven't read a fictional book for years, but certainly Narnia comes to mind and like some of the others posted, Pemberley. However I must insist that if I go to Pemberley, that Colin Firth be my tour guide!!
    P.S. I'm glad you liked the Santa image!

  7. How fun! I don't think I could even step foot in Panem -- way too creepy!

    I'd love to walk through the gorgeous, magical towns featured in Sarah Addison Allen's books Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. She makes the mountains of North Carolina sound truly fantastic!

  8. Awesome question! I'd love to go to the fake 17th century world in Incarceron, any Harry Potter location, and the Capitol from The Hunger Games.

    Since there's going to be a Harry Potter theme park pretty soon, at least I can visit one of these. *Way* excited!

  9. Great question!
    Okay - love to explore:
    Fairy Realm of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
    Anywhere in the Night World series by LJ Smith

    Would not like:
    The FAYZ in GONE

  10. I would first visit Weasley's Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley (Harry Potter). With my pockets full of sweets, I would take a flying car to London Below (Neverwhere). From there I would travel in the Tardis (ok, that's not from a book, but one can dream...!) with the sexy David-Tennant-Doctor-Who, who would take me to Middle Earth. After having ridden a beautiful horse through Rohan (The Lord of the Rings) I would visit The Shire and share my Weasley's sweets with Sam, while drinking a nice cup of tea and talking about time travel.

  11. I don't want to sound unoriginal, but Hogwarts or the HOllows.

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  12. I'd want to visit Tamora Pierce's Tortall.

    although not from a book I would love to visit Stars Hollow from the Gilmore Girls

  13. I would just love to meet the characters from The Hunger games Trilogy :) I don't know if I could take there life style, though LOL! Great question, JuJu!

    I think I'd most like to vist Brandon Sanderson's world in Warbreaker where Breath and color is magic :)

  14. OK, so Hunger Games/Catching Fire would be it for sure...I'd wrap my arms around that Peeta and never let go!! But saying that, it would be pretty scary to be in the games...

    I'd also love to be in Fablehaven! That place would be AWESOME to live in!!

    I'd also have to pick something like Anne of Green Games or Persuasion...something like that. Love period dramas!!

    Fun question Juju!!

  15. OH! Narnia or Hogwarts FOR SURE!!!!

  16. I am going for the Chocolate Factory...Charlie's that is.

  17. Hogwarts would be amazing! Oh no, I'm too much of a coward to dare attempt the world of Panem... Kat can stay there; she's fierce and can handle it xD.

    I'd definetely like to step into the world of Stephenie Meyer's The Host. I'd totally steal Ian from Wanda, no doubt about it ;) Or for something less sci-fi, I'd like to drop into Ruby Oliver's life (i.e. The Boyfriend List series).

  18. So here comes my list of the wonderful places that I want to go to:
    Hartfield, Highbury, Bath, Box Hill and lots and lots of more places. :P

  19. Fun question Juju! I would love to be part of Thumbelina's story and meet Cornelius in "person"... he was sooooo cute! Still a girl in the heart♥

  20. Oh my gosh! You amazing ladies have suggested such coool places. You've all given me many locales to consider and many book titles to check out.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    Happy Halloween week!

  21. Hogwarts for sure and Pemberly - even without indoor plumbing, that place is fantastic!

  22. The only tempting thing about Panem is Peeta... OK, and Gale too. tee hee.

    This is an excellent question but tough to answer since some of my favorite books include settings that I would rather read about than live in.

    I'll to have to go with Narnia. I wouldn't mind spending some time in that magical world with Aslan and Reepicheep. :)

  23. Okay, such an awesome question cannot be passed up.

    Narnia, definitely (especially the pools in The Magician's Nephew)

    The Hollow Kingdom in, well, The Hollow Kingdom (by Clare B. Dunkle). She made goblins look cool (and really almost made me want to be married to a goblin king).

    Luthandel and all of the Final Empire in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy (mostly fort he characters, but they make that place worth it. Even the pits of Hathsin. Panem is almost worth it for the characters. Yeah, I'd brave Panem to meet Haymitch and Cinna and Peeta and Gale and Katniss). I'm sure his Warbreaker series is just as awesome.

    The Old Kingdom in Garth Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy. Nine gates of Death all based around water and controlled by bells and charter marks? I'm there (plus Mogget, the coolest animal character in existence is there). And they have paperwings.

    Britain of The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Famer. Berserkers, magic and a place where the old Norse gods and Christianity meet? One of the coolest historical fantasies I've ever read.

    The world of The Giver by Lois Lowry. But just for one day. I would not want to stay there.

    The worlds of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Those opened my eyes to wonder as a child.

    Japan of Little Sister by Kara Dalkey. To hang out with a tengu, I would do just about anything.

    Maycomb county in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Because it would be worth it just to see Scout, Dill, and Jem play for even a single day. And I would love to glimpse Boo Radley for myself.

    All of Ingary in Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. A moving castle, a door that travels between worlds, a wizard who is one of the most endearing ever to be put on paper, how could I pass it up?

    Camp Halfblood from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. It just sounds cool.

    You know, I believe one of my greatest wishes is that one day someone can answer this question with "Namya" the setting for my book. Because I think that if you get readers to want to visit your world, you nailed everything else to - all of the characters (even the minor ones), the dialogue, the customs, everything, enough so that you made it real for them. I see that in all the books I just named. I want that when people read my book.

  24. Interesting question. I'm reading a book aloud to my students called The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy. In his town EVERYONE has a super power. I think it would be cool to live there for a day to see what kind of power I got.

  25. I'd totally hit up the magical England of Harry Potter or C.S. Lewis' Narnia. Somewhere enchanting and mysterious and maybe a bit dangerous. Great question!

  26. Liz's afterlife home in Elswhere would be interesting. I love that book. But then, I don't know that I would want to live like that.
    I think I would LOVE to live in the town in Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.
    She has a new book coming out, and the fictional town in that sounds extra amazing!

  27. Urmm... Hogwarts? LOL That was just off the top of my head...