Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books
I'm big on setting to begin. It can be one of my most favourite aspect of the book because places inspire me and I love having a vivid idea of what the fictional town/country/world is like. It's important for atmosphere and makes a fun little film in my head while I read. So my top ten favourite worlds/settings are:
1) Chicago - Divergent and Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
I love the detail that has gone into this dystopian Chicago. I was immediately in love with the idea of factions and the characteristics, symbols, and mottos that come with each one. You can tell so much planning has gone into to creating this futuristic and corrupt city. And there's still more to it! More mysteries, more questions. All to be discovered in book three hopefully!
You knew this one was making an appearance. When I studied Terry Pratchett for my research report, I read about the folklore that he uses to create his own version of the actual world, elves, fairies, vampires, witches etc and that's my favourite part of his developed world. How he's taken folklore from around the world, new and old and twisted them to create his own, comic spin on things. But the characters are so real and the world is so detailed that it almost feels real and really makes an impression. My go to author for world building.
3) Panem, The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
4) Harry Potter (JK Rowling)
I'm not the biggest fan but I always did like the quirky and old fashioned world of witches and wizards with their love for fantastical sounding names and the rejection of modern technology. If you have magic and owls, why need a telephone? The history of the witches and wizards, especially for the founders of Hogwarts are so rich and detailed. I'm not surprised JK Rowling has taken a while to write the books and finish them. Quality over quantity.
5) Jerusalem's Lot, 'Salem's Lot (Stephen King)
It starts off as your stereotypical Small Town. Everyone knows each other, there's a dark past/urban legend surrounding the former owner of the Marsten House, and outsiders are treated with suspicion. Every character had a story in the novel, each one from different parts of the town and different social ranks. The town itself it's haunted by the Marsten house that overlooks everything and keeps bringing darkness to this close knit town. Stephen King really brought out a community here and I loved the setting and changing atmosphere of the town as evil conquered more and more of it.
6) New Beijing, Cinder (Marissa Meyer)
A fantastic futuristic setting with cyborgs and moon people, mentions of past wars and new social statuses. I can't wait what else the future books in the series will show us about this sci-fi and technologically advanced Earth.
7) Wonderland, The Looking Glass Wars (Frank Beddor)
Beddor brought a darker atmosphere to Wonderland while still keeping it's fun and nonsensical traits. It was still the odd little world where imagination is a huge power to have and control.
8) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The home in the time loop takes away the creepy, potential horror setting of the old children's home and brings a more fantastical Utopia and safe house for the children with the odd gifts. It's immediately a safe haven that makes you feel at home and keeps paranormal wonders hidden away from the real world.
A rich, never ending land with mystical beasts and wicked witches. I've only read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and yet to read the rest but from what I read already it's a world that it's darker sides and can easily become a place of oppression and fear when placed into the wrong hands, mimicking the horror of the real world at the time.
A child-like world full of nonsense and eccentric beasts and characters that's fun to read. That's for the children. For the adults it's a crazy acid trip but still fun to read.