Books were a huge part of my childhood, my parents would always read to me when I was very little and then when I was old enough, there was always books around. I’ve often found myself thinking how fascinating it would be to be able to delve into certain worlds and though it would make an interesting and different blog post! Read on to find out my top five fantasy book lands that I’d love to inhabit!
I don’t know how many of you would have read these childhood books by Enid Blyton but I was obsessed with them! When I was thinking about this post, I remember how, as a child, I was fascinated by the idea of this enchanted forest where there is this grand tree. Being so tall, the branches reach right up to the clouds and the top of tree leads to a ladder which takes you to a magical land, one which changes with each visit. While there are some awful lands, the ones I’m (naturally) much more interested about the likes of: the land of birthdays and the land of goodies where you can help yourself to the likes of free cake! I love the sheer creativeness behind these stories and I love that you’d climb up the ladder, not knowing what you were going to be meeting at the top!
There isn’t actually a ‘name’ for the setting from the Divergent series (that I know of) as it’s just post-apocalyptic Chicago essentially. The people residing there are split up into five factions based on their temperaments. At sixteen-years-old, teenagers face a series of aptitude tests which reveal what faction they match however it it ultimately their own personal decision on Choosing Day which group they will reside with for the rest of their lives, if their families are in a different faction, this might lead to leaving their homes and parents.
I’m not silly, I don’t think I could actually join the faction Dauntless (which is for the brave) as they are far too badass for me, but this being all about ‘fantasy’ it’s exciting to think about leaping from moving trains and learning combat. I’m mostly fascinated by the idea of simulations that initiates face where they are met with their deepest fears in some form. As scary as it sounds, I’d be curious about how I would bear up!
3. WONDERLAND & NEVERLAND
I’m cheating here and technically including two lands, but I reckon they go quite nicely together, don’t you?
I’m a big Disney fan and the numerous and exciting worlds brought to life on screen would seldom leave my mind as a child. If I had to pick, I reckon Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland would be both a peculiar and thrilling place to visit. Meeting the various odd characters like the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit would certainly be an experience and I’d be sure to pay a visit to the Mad Hatter and March Hare for a spot of afternoon tea! Whether or not I’d be brave enough to venture to the Queen’s Croquet Ground, I couldn’t tell you! I quite like the idea of shrinking small and big though, the different perspectives would certainly be endearing.
My second choice would have to be Neverland! Naturally I would want to be able to fly of course and I’d love to drift amongst the clouds with a tiny fairy at my side before diving down to visit the mermaids and hope they don’t take a dislike to me! And how could I not want to become an honorary lost girl? I reckon the lost boys have all manner of adventures on their own and would have lots of tales to tell though I’d probably struggle to keep up! I imagine we’d end up creeping aboard Hook’s ship and engage in a few pirate fights, but that would be no problem for us! Never growing up was something I always wished for when I Was younger so I reckon Wonderland would be the perfect place for me!
2. WILLY WONKA’S CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Being the massive chocoholic I am, is it any wonder that I’d want to delve into Roald Dahl’s fantastical foody paradise? While admittedly, you’d probably have to roll me out Violet Beauregarde style, I reckon it would be so worth it! I’ll insert a little expert from the book in case you need some reminding:
‘The waterfall is most important!’ Mr Wonka went on. ‘It mixes the chocolate! It churns it up! It pounds it and beats it! It makes it light and frothy! No other factory in the world mixes its chocolate by waterfall! But it’s the only way to do it properly! The only way! And do you like my trees?’ he cried, pointing with his stick. ‘And my lovely bushes? Don’t you think they look pretty? I told you I hated ugliness! And of course they are all eatable! All made of something different and delicious! And do you like my meadows? Do you like my grass and my buttercups? The grass you are standing on, my dear little ones, is made of a new kind of soft, minty sugar that I’ve just invented! I call it swudge! Try a blade! Please do! It’s detectable!’
The idea of everything around you being edible is amazing to me and I imagine you’d be consumed by a sort of childish excitement you’d get from just being there. Not to mention the many other rooms at the chocolate factory, like the inventing room where the newest creations come to life. I can imagine walking through corridors, wondering what brilliance was behind each door and immersing yourself completely in it. Roald Dahl created many fantastic settings, but the Chocolate Factory is definitely my favourite!
If you know me at all, you’ll have known what number one was going to be. But I’ll ask you this…who wouldn’t want to live at Hogwarts? I have always dreamed about inhabiting the Wizarding world, ever since I first picked up The Philosopher’s Stone, right through till now when I’m twenty three years of age! I desperately wanted a letter from Hogwarts to fly through my letterbox, instructing me which spell books to purchase from Diagon Alley and when to await the arrival of the great Hogwarts Express at platform nine and three quarters. While that letter never did arrive, that didn’t stop me longing to go to a boarding school, hoping it would just be just like Hogwarts!
I wondered what lessons I would excel at (if any!) and if I’d loathe Professor Snape. I imagined sitting down to a scrumptious feast in the Great Hall every night though I was always unsure which house table I’d be sat at. A recent ‘sorting ceremony’ on Pottermore.com revealed Ravenclaw, but who’s to know? I know I wouldn’t be good enough to play Quidditch although I think I’d love flying on a broomstick! I would especially love shopping amongst the throngs of students at Hogsmeade, peering into windows of all the shops, eyes bulging at the delights of Honeydukes.
Hogwarts will always be my number 1 fantasy land and maybe it’s because J.K Rowling has written it well enough for so many of us to or maybe it’s jut the power of imagination. Nonetheless, this was a fun post to produce as it was nice to sit back and remember some of my favourite stories and just what it would be like to inhabit them.I’d love to know which book locations you’d love to dive into – let me know in the comments!
Rosalie Horrocks x