Top Ten Tuesday: Most Vivid Worlds

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is the ten most vividly imagined or described worlds/settings in books. Below are ten worlds brimming with life and creativity, worlds that are so well described I feel like I live there (and in some cases, I wish I actually did). If you have not yet travelled to these locals, I suggest you take a trip right away. No passport required.

1. The Wizarding World in the Harry Potter series: With Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, spells, and magical creatures, I cannot think of a more vivid or imaginative world. Of all the worlds on this list, this is the one I’d want to visit most.

2. Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: The best way to describe this world is epic. The sheer scale and history of this world is mind-boggling. The Shire. Rivendell. Mirkwood. I could go on and on about all the amazing places in these books.

3. Panem in The Hunger Games: The luxurious Capital. The destitute districts. The imaginative and deadly arena. The disturbing society mentality.

4. Neverland in Peter Pan: Pirates, mermaids, fairies. What a charming little world.

5. The Inkworld in Inkspell and Inkdeath: A world existing and flourishing behind the words on the page. Isn’t that what we all hope goes on when we close a book?

6. 15th Century Brittany in Grave Mercy: You will have no problem being transported back to another time with the description and language used for this world. It’s so well described that I would have no trouble believing the author lived during this period in another life.

7. The mythological world of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The blend of myth and modern is fantastic and it’s such a delight to see favourite mythological figures reimagined.

8. Mossflower Country in the Redwall series: An intricate and well-mapped world, from majestic Salamandastron to mysterious northern islands to classic Redwall Abbey.

9. Alagaesia in the Inheritance Cycle: Much like the world of The Lord of the Rings, this series offers a sweeping world of elves, dragons, kingdoms and great wars.

10. The Lower Elements in the Artemis Fowl series: The faerie world that exists below the feet of the Mud People (a.k.a. us) is much more high-tech then you might think. It’s a thriving, imaginative world with police, a government, a black market and a sharp eye watching over human activity.

Which world should I travel to next? Leave your suggestions in comments.

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