Thursday, August 07, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Other Worlds

I convinced Anjin to play along with this week's Booking Through Thursday and have included his responses below my own.

Suggested by Miko:

Are there any particular worlds in books where you’d like to live?

Or where you certainly would NOT want to live?

I was just thinking the other day how I wish I could stop in at Merlotte's Bar in Bon Temps, Louisiana for a meal and drink after a hard day of work. I would say hello to Sam and spend a little time with Sookie. Maybe even hop on over to Fangtasia, hoping to catch a glimpse of Eric. (Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris)

My husband is willing to consider moving to Absaroka County, Wyoming, on the condition that it is not a very dangerous place. I assured him that with Sheriff Longmire watching over us, we could not be any safer. I would have to adjust to the wintry cold and snow, but with company like Henry Standing Bear, I doubt it would take long to settle in. (Sheriff Longmire Mystery Series by Craig Johnson)

In both instances, the idea of a small town atmosphere, the kindness of the people, and a cast of characters I would love to count among friends is very inviting.

But then, I am a city girl at heart, and I sure would not mind getting to know Chicago's Harry Dresden a bit more. He certainly finds himself in plenty of tight spots, but he always manages to come out alive, even if a little worse for wear. (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher)

I am less partial to living in St. Louis, Missouri--at least alongside Anita Blake. Her world is much too dark and violent for the likes of me, although as long as I am visiting by way of book alone, Anita and I get along just fine. (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurel K. Hamilton)

Anjin says: I would not mind moving to Tellus Tertius from Robert Heinlein's books. Not a as member of the Long family, though, since I still have my 21st century moral hang-ups. There aren't a lot of fantasy worlds I would hang out in because of the constant stream of apocalypses. Middle Earth, Midkemia, and the Seven Kingdoms all seems too dangerous to spend much time in.
What about authors? If you were a character, who would you trust to write your life?
If Jane Austen was alive today, she would be the ideal candidate. She could work her magic by putting pen to paper, weaving together a romantic and unforgettable love story. What better one to write about than my own? Or perhaps Ann-Marie MacDonald, whose attention to detail, beautiful prose, ability to draw out her characters' thoughts and emotions, and who does not shy from the harsh realities of life would be a better choice.

Anjin says: I think Sue Grafton would be a good steward of my fictional existence. I would want to stay away from Greg Rucka, as much as I like his books. He subscribes to the theory that a character is most interesting by seeing them on their worst day. So that would probably be painful.


  1. I choose to live in Jan Karon's Mitford, a small town.

  2. I thought about going with Jane Austen as my biographer.

  3. I enjoyed reading your answers and your husband's as well, Wendy. :)

    I'd love to have Jane Austen to write my story too. I'm curious to know what kind of hero she'd pair me off with, haha. ;P

  4. There is definitely something appealing to me about living in a small town. Both my parents grew up in really small towns in North Dakota, and I love visiting, but I don't really know if I could handle living so far away from grocery stores, book stores, etc.

  5. It's "THE Seven Kingdoms", not just "Seven Kingdoms." (I am halfway through book 3 of the series, re-listening to them in preparation for book 5 coming out in September. I am also a bit anal ;-)) And I agree; much too dangerous a place to want to live.

  6. I like your answers, and Anjin's too - as you know, I'm a fan of those tag-team posts by spouses. :-) I'm not as familiar with your worlds, though.

  7. How fun that you got your husband to play along! I have only read Fall on Your Knees by MacDonald but I really enjoyed it. I definitely wouldn't want to live in many fantasy places either just for the reason Anjin suggested--too dangerous!

    Hope you two have a great weekend!

  8. Interesting thoughts.I too wish to live in a small town but in the prevalent times.



    Here is my BTT post

  9. Smilingsal - That would be a nice place to consider when I'm ready to retire. ;-)

    Miscz - I love Jane Austen's writing style!

    Melody - Thank you! You don't think Jane Austen would pair you with your husband? ;-)

    Laura - I love the idea of a small town, but as you pointed out, I'd have to give up the comforts of city living. I wonder if I could do half and half . . .

    kmkat - I haven't read the books you are referring to myself, but my husband really enjoys them and so I'll probably give them a try too eventually.

    Florinda - You started the tag team posts! I think my husband enjoys it too. :-)

    Trish - I haven't yet read Fall on Your Knees (I really want to though), but I was so taken by The Way the Crow Flies--she could have been writing about my life in that particular book, so many things were spot on.

    Fantasy worlds do seem extremely dangerous, don't they? I'd want the right people with me if I did have to live in those environments! Or else be extra smart and skilled myself. :-) I hope you have a great weekend too.

    Gautami - Novels do make small towns sound inviting. I think I would miss too many of my small city luxuries though.


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