I love this topic, because that's the whole point, right? We read to take ourselves out of our humdrum lives for a little while, and jump into another more exciting/romantic/suspenseful/mysterious/adventurous experience.
Where would I like to be? Hmmm... that's hard to say. For starters let's just knock out all the dystopian worlds. Yes, they can teach us a lot about political systems and societies gone wrong. Yes they can be full of heart-pounding moments... but they're not exactly places I want to visit. I mean, by their very definition they are dystopian not utopian.
I'm also not planning to go to any worlds inhabited by zombies or other creatures. That's just not my scene, y'all.
Some of my favorite books involve a large mysterious house, perhaps in the English countryside, intertwined with a suspenseful story.
I'm thinking Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
Not that these big beautiful romantic houses hold a lot of good times: both stories involve murder.
Still, I'm a sucker for the detailed architecture. Give me stained glass, elaborate woodwork, carved mantelpieces, and pocket doors any day of the week.
I can't deny a fascination with all the nooks and crannies of any big house: the servant's quarters, secret passageways, grand rooms-- and let's face it, there's always a wing that you should never, ever enter.
If I could transport myself into the world of a book, it would be the luxurious but mysterious country estate.
I can appreciate the woodwork, investigate the East Wing, and help solve the mystery, all in one long weekend.
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