December 5: Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love To Visit
When thinking about this week’s post and the books I’ve read, it struck me just how many real places featured in literature that I’ve been lucky enough to visit. From New York City (Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn) to Mauritius (Me Before You by Jojo Moyes), I have explored some incredible places, and as a result this post was more difficult to write than I had anticipated – I did include a few fantasy settings though, because why not?!
1. Diagon Alley – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Are you even a Harry Potter fan if you don’t want to visit the Wizarding World? Of all the places in the series, I’d most love to explore Diagon Alley, as Harry’s sheer amazement aged eleven is unrivalled. (And who wouldn’t want to go shopping for an owl, a wand, and a broomstick?!)
2. Svalbard, Norway – The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Whilst this famous place in the Arctic is best known for its part to play in Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, I’d rather visit the place without magic and daemons.
3. California – Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
To be completely honest, I’d be on board with the entire road trip from west-to-east coast, but I’d love to explore California the most.
4. Forks, Washington – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Although I’m sure there isn’t really much to see in this sleepy little town, given that the Twilight Saga is one of my favourite series, I would still be interested in seeing where it is set.
5. Australia – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Australia is probably at the top of my list of countries that I’ve yet to visit but am dying to explore: I’d love to drive along the east coast and see all the major sights.
6. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
I’d have to be careful not to fall into the chocolate river, or do anything that would turn me into a giant blueberry, but it would be fun to taste so many delicious concoctions.
7. Seattle, Washington – Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
This one has nothing to do with the book(s), and everything to do with the city: I want to do all the touristy things like go up the Space Needle.
8. Camp Half Blood – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I’d rather not get impaled by a minotaur, or come face to face with other creepy mythological creatures, but the actual camp element, surrounded by demi-gods sounds pretty fun.
9. Ireland – P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
It seems crazy to me, given how close it is, that I’ve never visited either N.I. or R.O.I, but I’d love to go to both Belfast and Dublin – maybe in 2018!
10. Genovia – The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
I know that it’s not a real country (apparently some people are unaware of this), but it just sounds so pretty and quaint.
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