A lot of what I talk about on this blog has to do with books. I love books, whether fiction or non-fiction, historical or theological, sci-fi or western, I just love books.
I spend a lot of time reading or listening to fiction, especially of the genre variety. The best genre authors create a world (or worlds) where you absolutely want to visit, and maybe even live in. So that got me thinking, what fictional places would I most want to visit?
Middle-earth. I can’t narrow it down to one particular place, although if forced to I would probably pick the Shire. Given the right time (not during the War of the Ring) and the right traveling companions, Middle-earth would be the absolute in a fictional vacation.
Arrakis. Now, I know what you’re thinking, that Dune would be the worst place in the universe to visit. But, can you imagine riding on a sandworms back with the Fremen, or collecting spice in the open desert with the smugglers, or even drinking spice coffee in Arrakeen? I grant you that visiting Kaitain might be more pleasant, but not nearly as fun.
Hogwarts. I would probably have to get some sort of special dispensation to visit the school, seeing as how I’m not a wizard, but if I went during Dumbledore’s tenure, I’m sure something could be worked out. I might even be able to take in a few clases and then hop on over to Hogsmeade for a butterbeer.
Coruscant. Like Middle-earth, I would have a hard time choosing just one place in the Star Wars galaxy. I’m already going to Arrakis, so there would be no need to go to the rip-off planet of Tatooine, but I’m sure Alderaan, Corellia or Naboo would be beautiful places to visit. As with M-e, visiting this galaxy proves tricky because there is always armed conflict going on. I would probably go to Coruscant about 100 years before Episode 1, so as to avoid the Sith.
Neverland. (Not the ranch, unfortunately that is not fictional.) Okay, maybe only ten year old boys want to visit Neverland, but since I’m travelling to fake places, I might as well be able to change my age. Anyway, think about all the adventure and excitement you could have on a quick trip to Neverland: pirates, alligators, boys with animal hats; the list is practically endless.
Honorable Mention: Metropolis, Gotham City, the world where Mario lives, Arthur’s Camelot, the Tardis, Pern, Wheel of Time world, and that planet from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy where it’s always Saturday afternoon.
You’ll notice some places I’ve left off, namely Narnia and Oz. To tell the truth, as much as I love the Narnia books, I never found the world itself terribly interesting. It just doesn’t have that same lived in feeling that Middle-earth or Hogwarts has. Also, I find Oz to be uncompelling (plus, there are those wheeler things from the second, crappy movie).
I could also add many real places I would like to visit with fictional characters. I could travel down the Mississippi with Tom and Huck, visit Spiderman’s New York (talk about a dangerous place) or even Conner Macleod’s Scotland.