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Top Ten Tuesday: (Five) Bookish Places I’d Love to Live In

Created by and with thanks to That Artsy Reader! This week’s theme made me realise just how much trouble I’d be in if I lived in my favourite fictional worlds… So I figured I’d lean into it, and list the five bookish places I’d love to live, but would not thrive in. 😅

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1. Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter universe–particularly the New York of The Mortal Instruments series
It’s not even the fighting, and weapon wielding, and fire-tattooing I’d fail at. I could do all those parts–with enough training–but I don’t think I’d do well in New York. It seems very busy, and I hate crowds. I don’t even like when my dog-walking route has families in the play park; New York is beautiful (from what I see through my screens), but it would eat my patience whole.

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2. Holly Black’s faerieland–especially Elfhame of The Folk of the Air series
I’ve read enough faerie tales to be sensible enough to survive Faerie, and yet I just know I’d eat the wrong plum or drink the sparkly drinks and find myself dancing to my death. I just know it.

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3. Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse
Look: I’d be a Heartrender or a Healer, or even an Inferni or Squaller, in a heartbeat–but no other part of the Grishaverse would suit me in the slightest. I don’t eat meat, I don’t wear fur, I like my royalty fictional, I have real issues with authority (see: number five in this list), I have no interest in travelling by boat or horse, and I would not enjoy living in ruthless Ketterdam, or hunted Ravka, and definitely not regimental Fjerda. I would not thrive in the Grishaverse. I’ll stick to reading about it, thanks.

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4. Forks of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series
This sponsored by how much I wanted to be a Cullen when I was seventeen (didn’t everyone?), and how hard I realised on a recent reread that that could actually be horrific. Also, I love to read about moody, rainy Forks, but I live in England. Rain is overrated.

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5. Jane Austen’s Regency era–even of my beloved Pride and Prejudice
Here’s a thing about me: I am a contrary bitch. Being told what to do–specifically, or just generally and societally–makes me want to do the total opposite, no matter how much it’s like cutting off my nose to spite my face. So not even for a Mr Darcy do I think I’d be able to behave myself in a bonnet. Love to read it, would fail hard living it. (I think it’s what made Shannon Hale’s Austenland so relatable. I, too, would sneak my phone down my bra rather than give it up for any expensive Regency experience, and would probably be suckered in by the common stable boy instead of the snobby noble. Sorry not sorry.)

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Oh well… There’s always Hogwarts!

Which fictional worlds would make a mockery of your love of them?

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: (Five) Bookish Places I’d Love to Live In

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  1. I think I’d love to visit New York but not live there. And Faerieland- honestly, can we just stop with all the traps and whatnot? I’d like to live in a faerieland with all the beauty and less of the bad bits. 🙂

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    1. Yes, unfortunately it does! So much so that we come out in forces of summer weather on a rare dry day (and then instantly want the return of the drizzle. We don’t know how to cope without it 😂).

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  2. Ha ha, I think I’d fail miserably at living in Pride & Prejudice too — I’d probably end up working in the kitchen or being the maid who lights the fires in the morning. No balls and romance for me! I was once a Twilight fan too (weren’t we all?), and really, really wanted to at least visit Forks. Can’t see the appeal any more, but the book sure did wonders for the town’s tourist industry!

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    1. Right?? And I’m sure the balls would lose their novelties as soon as I’d spent ten minutes in a corset! I think the tourism and the way Forks has so leaned into Twilight would make it a fun visit, though!

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      1. hahaha. The crowds could be intense but that’s at like the really touristy places. I loved Central Park. It’s sooo huge that you could walk for a bit and only see a handful of people!

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