We are so excited to share a special guest article from one of our sponsors, Sara Dobie Bauer. Sara is the author of the upcoming novel Bite Somebody and one of you can claim (or may have claimed) this book, set to be released next month! Please give her a warm welcome as she participates in our daily topic of Surviving Fictional Worlds!
Top 5 Fictional Worlds I Love …
and Would Never Live In (Plus an Extra)
By Sara Dobie Bauer
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I like the idea of magic and angels and stuff but, um, no. Poor Richard! All the filthy, dirty stuff he has to wade through, plus the whole people trying to kill him thing. Oh, and let us not forget that you’d have to spend your life living underground. I’d love to visit London, but I don’t particularly want to visit its sewers. I suppose the Lady Door could give me some assistance, but I’d have to live long enough to find her first.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I wouldn’t mind hanging out with a bunch of children with super cool powers, but then, there are the hollows that want to suck my soul. I don’t know if I have the patience to live one day on repeat—I probably don’t, because I’m impatient when Jeopardy! is a rerun. Plus, time travel has always really confused me, so I’d end up trapped in a time loop anyway, trying to figure out which way to go.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Well, the biggest problem with living in this world is that I’d be burned to death with all my books on, like, page one, so The End. I could never live in a world where books are considered illegal contraband. I couldn’t live in a world where all I do is watch TV and have pretend conversations. (Well, I talk to my dogs a lot, but they listen, okay?) Give me books, or give me death.
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
In a similar vein of the aforementioned book, you can’t go to the library in Night Vale because the librarians will eat you. That’s a problem. Then, there are the paranoid government officials, and I have enough of that in real life. I wouldn’t mind the bit about living in a state of confusion, because I do that already. However, all the rules would be a bit much, and I’d probably end up swallowed by the dog park.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I love the magic. I love the wizardry. I love the vampire Baz—which is the reason I would never force myself to live at Watford School of Magicks. I would spend all my time crushing on Baz, and he would be too busy with Simon to even notice I exist. I’d be setting myself up for certain heartbreak, and I tend to avoid such scenarios. It’s a wonderful world, but my Baz-crazy little heart couldn’t take it.
Now, for an extra: A Fictional World I WOULD Live In
I created this world of awkward vampires, ocean swims, and cheap rum punches at dirty bars. I birthed Celia, Ian, and Imogene—and I want to hang out with them. I want to swim with dolphins at 2 AM and get drunk with my trio. They all make me laugh, and that’s what good friends do. I don’t think Imogene would suck my blood, only because Celia wouldn’t let her. Since we’re on the topic, Bite Somebody comes out June 21st. Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Read all about it: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/store/p103/Bite_Somebody.html.