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 If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?

Worldbuilding for Our Pleasure

When you build a world, you include the landscape that your characters will inhabit, the tone of your story, its major preoccupations and themes, as well as the nature of its morality. Worldbuilding lays the groundwork for your characters to develop, providing the stage for where your creations will perform.

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Truth About Living in a Book I’D Read

I spend 80% of my reading time up to my elbows in mysteries. The other 20% in the horror and fantasy genre. I’m sure you see the problem. Living in those fascinating worlds with fearless heroes—of all identities—that pull some super stupid life saving stunts are not placed I could live.

Mostly because I wouldn’t last long.

I’m game joining Stephanie Plum, Grandma, and Lula doing their bounty hunter antics. It’s fairly safe watching them from afar. But I have a feeling I’d be eating at her parents place or limping around the burg, when she finally succeeded.

Sure, Middle Earth is great, but I’m pretty big for a hobbit. I know one of their holes could fit twelve dwarfs and Gandalf, but adding me would be pushing it. Not only am I magicless, always lost at hide ‘n seek, and I’d be pretty useless in a battle.

So there is that. And…

The world of New York’s Cop Central in 2057 was really fun. Love Eve Dallas and Roarke kicking criminal butt. But unless I lived in their mansion and was fed food I take for granted here, I’d never make it.

Do you see a pattern?

The worlds I visit are exceptional. Wonderful. Exciting. Dangerous, and I could never live there.  Die there? Well, sure, but fun is that?

Now, a question for you

How does your everyday life compare with the worlds you read about?




  1. I read mysteries and fantasies too. I picked Harry Potter and love the Middle Earth world. But you’re right that I probably wouldn’t last long facing dangers like in those worlds.

    • Oh, I never thought of Harry Potter’s world. Yet again, I’d be a muggle.

      Being a fly on the the minister’s wall… I laughed myself silly when the minister of magic made an appearance. 😉

  2. Hi,
    very engaging take on the optional question. Right now I am living in Europe and not so far from what is happening in Ukraine. I’d say that a part of what is happening there is a part of the world that I write about.
    Have a lovely month.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    • Scary stuff. I’m glad it’s good for something. It’s not a bad attitude so much as being a pacifist.

      I also understand, I’ve never had to save a life with violence.

  3. L. Diane Wolfe

    Sadly, I think I might be able to pass as a Hobbit…

  4. Someone mentioned in their post the Harry Potter world, and that would be my pick as well. But only during all the fun/good parts. 🙂

  5. Loni Townsend

    You and I considered the same thing when it came to living in another world. There’s way too much danger and I doubt I’d survive either!

  6. Love it! I’m NOT brave but I’ll join you in the Shire after Sauron has been defeated 🙂 Love all the series you’ve mentioned here!

  7. C. Lee McKenzie

    Fictional worlds do seem dangerous, but the one we really live in is no pussy cat! Give me a good dark mystery to escape into and I’m there.

  8. Well exactly! Even the innocent looking St. Mary Mead and Cabot Cove are awash in dead bodies. Eve Dallas’ NYC it only slightly grimier and grittier than it is today, and not appealing to me at all. Now Roarke is another matter . . . 😉

  9. You’ve got a point. Though it would be interesting to live in a Jason Bourne novel, it’s doubtful I’d survive. Haha. But it would be fun.

  10. You’re right. There is always strife in books – otherwise they wouldn’t be interesting. It is especially true for genre books. As I’m no hero, unlike my favorite fantasy and sci-fi characters, I don’t think I could be happy in most books. But there are some where life could be decent. I mention them in my own today’s post.

  11. Currently, I’m only reading travel memoirs that I can totally relate to. So, I could say that my real world and my world on the pages are pretty darn similar and achievable. 🙂

  12. LOL! Funny post, Anna. I know what you mean. A lot of the books I read I’m so happy I’m safe at home and not there!

  13. Damyanti Biswas

    Real life sometimes feels like fiction, its strange how stories based on reality can sound like a myth.

  14. I feel the same about most of the fictional worlds I love. Without plot armor, I doubt that I’d last long.

  15. I had chuckle about your reference to Stephanie, Lulu and grandma; very familiar with their antics. I’d love to visit the book world I write about but I wouldn’t want to live there, not as a female and the way women were treated.

  16. Damyanti Biswas

    My everyday life is stark opposite to what I write. But, I do find a lot of similarities in the books I read as they are of varied genres.

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