Sometimes it’s nice to break out of the habit of writing super serious discussions (*insert stern librarian face here, complete with thick-rimmed glasses and a cardigan*) and write something different for a change — something that gets me out of the issues that surround books and into the other things I like, like the things that happen INSIDE the books I read.
In the past few years, I’ve read hundreds of books. Some of them have been very good and some of them have been cringe-worthy bad, but all of them have something in common, much like all pieces of literature — they all include some world created by the author.
These worlds can vary from being something similar to the world we live in now, or they can be so drastically different that we can only wonder what it would actually look like. Personally, there are worlds that I’ve read about that make me wonder if the author has diagrams upon diagrams showing the beauty or uniqueness of a certain place. I mean, it has to come from somewhere, right?
I got to thinking that out of all the worlds I’ve visited in books, there are some that I would LOVE to be able to visit. If I had a time machine built specifically for traveling from this world that I live in to a world inside a book, there are a few places I would program it to visit:
- Hogwarts. I mean, duh. It’s an obvious place to visit for any reader, with the magic wands, flying owls, the huge school where the staircases move, or forbidden magic happening in the muggle world, making family members expand like a balloon, ultimately floating off into the sky. It just all seems to magical and whimsical. And I’d really, really love a pet owl.
- Any steampunk world. I know there are bad things that can happen in steampunk, but to be able to wear the pretty Victorian dresses and work with fantastical machines that are just so much past that time period seems so cool to me. And I love aviator glasses and think I could only pull them off if I were in a steampunk novel.
- Any roadtrip book. I have never been on a proper road trip, you know, with the awesome music, the great snacks, the wonderful company, and all of the unexpected twists and turns of just driving anywhere and stopping anywhere you want. I think it would be so cool and so many authors have put the bug in me to get in my car and just drive. Of course, I do most of that vicariously through books because I have no sense of direction, but if I were transported into a roadtrip book, I’m sure one would be granted to me.
- Aimee Carter’s world of the gods. I love, love, love the Goddess series and would love to go into that world to be surrounded by the gods, and maybe married to Henry. I think it would be so neat to see the gods, bigger than life and so powerful. Of course, in that same sense, I could probably also tolerate being transported into Jeaniene Frost’s world to be with Bones, but I’m sure Cat would kick my butt.
And, of course there are some worlds I would NOT want to visit:
- The world inside of Crewel. Gennifer Albin created an amazingly unique place, but one that terrified me. I mean, to know that there is one person controlling absolutely everything that goes on in the world and can just take you out of the world when you are deemed a weak link is terrifying! And not only do they remove you, they remove memories from family members, too. They can completely relocate you to ANOTHER family, making your first family think that you never existed in the first place.
- Anything inside Jon Klassen’s head. Jon Klassen is a genius. I love his picture books, but they can be quite twisted. I mean, both books end with someone getting eaten, which basically tells me that if I ever did anything wrong, I could get eaten by something that’s bigger than me. And these aren’t, like, taunting the bear in the woods kind of wrongs, but if I found a penny on the sidewalk and said, “Cool! This is my penny now!” I could be hunted down and eaten by the owner. Scary!
- Godspeed. In Beth Revis’s world on board the ship Godspeed, I would be completely fearful that I would lose any humanity i have and become an empty shell — someone who just does the thing they are supposed to do and nothing else. And the season? No thank you.
- Lauren Oliver’s Delirium world. Another world that is terrifying! I am a huge romantic and am always crying over love — good and bad — and look for the romance in EVERYTHING. To have that component completely removed from me would be horrible! I want to love, dammit!
I know there are so many other places I could talk about, so these are just a tasting of where I’d like to — and not like to — go inside of books. Now, you share the places you’d travel to!
If you had a time machine built for traveling inside books, what worlds would you visit?