Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Amazing Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. I'm sure they'd love to share your lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten list.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic is:
Top Ten Favorite Settings

1. Hogwarts - The Harry Potter series - Come on, you've all been around here long enough to know I'm Harry Potter crazy. Hogwarts is totally awesome. It's magical, it's safe and there is all of this awesome food everywhere. Plus, if you were at Hogwarts there is a pretty good chance that you're a wizard yourself and that's a pretty good reason to be happy. Fun times.

2. Pemberley Estate - Pride & Prejudice - I'm kind of a sucker for fantastic, old houses and that' is exactly what Pemberley is. I've always pictured Pemberley as this dreamy, beautiful estate filled with that large library Caroline Bingley is always babbling about and a family that wants to be happy. I'm also picturing it less like a museum than the miniseries made it out to be.

3. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books - The Shadows of the Wind - I'm obviously a bookish person, so it's not really a surprise that I love the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It's exactly what it sounds likes. Okay, not exactly. The books aren't burned or buried, but instead hid inside of this building that doesn't look like a library but totally is. I'm sure there would be a ton of treasures in it.

4. Boarding Schools - A Slew of Novels - I wouldn't have actually wanted to go to a boarding school, but they tend to be pretty awesome in books. I mean their's Hogwarts, and then the boarding schools in the Carol Goodman novels - which tend to be more language and art oriented and crazy awesome - then there are the classic boarding schools like the one's Fitzgereld wrote about. It's just an interesting setting where knowledge is being shared, hormones are everywhere and drama is just around the corner.

5. Old Manor Houses - Everywhere - You know when you're reading a book and it's kind of old and everyone lives in a slightly creaky, mostly dingy, really old Manor. I love those houses. They're awesome.

6. England - If there is one place I read about more than any other it is definitely England. There are just so many fantastic English writers, and of course there are also some pretty amazing historical settings as well.

7.Faerie - Stardust - One of my favorite worlds Neil Gaiman has created. It's magical and dangerous, but also completely entertaining.

8. Paris between 1870 and 1930 - Paris is a magical city, and because of this there are a ton of books set their. A lot of the time I have a hard time finding novels set in Paris that fit what I'm looking for. However, I am almost always up for books about artists in Paris, and because of that I tend to fall head over heels in love with books set in Paris during these high art times. You've got the impressionists,  Lost Generation, Channel. There are just so many interesting people walking the streets during this period.

9. The Tardis - Okay, I haven't read any of the Doctor Who books, but I do watch the show and since they are taking a mid season break and I spent a lot of time yesterday watching Matt Smith running around saving the world the Tardis makes my list.


Red said...

Love Hogwarts, although I think the "safe" part can be debated. I also didn't even think about Pemberly but fantastic choice!

Katie said...

I also included Hogwarts - I've always loved it. And boarding schools - I should have included those! So many of my favorite books are set at boarding schools, and they make such great, dramatic places. And Faerie! I love Stardust. Great list!

LBC said...

Boarding schools are definitely on my list as well.

Check out my list here

Anne Bennett said...

Oh drat, I missed Hogwarts and the land in Stardust on my list. I love both that book and its movie. I always strain my brain for these lists and forget to add obvious answers.