Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Worlds I Don't Want to Live In

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This is the perfect list for the last Top Ten Tuesday of my High Fantasy month! The best part of the genres for me is the exploration of a new and exciting world. The world-building can make or break the series sometimes. So here are the top ten worlds I would not want to live in.

1.) Ravka (The Grisha trilogy)
This is a very cool world but it's also constantly at war, lots of starving, and oh yeah the middle of country has this giant dark patch where terrifying creatures will kill you. I think I'll pass.

2.) Panem (Hunger Games trilogy)
I really see nothing positive about this world. If I was reaped I wouldn't last past the bloodbath! Plus all the starving and corrupt governments, no thank you!

3.) Westeros (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Sure there are some benefits to Westeros (dragons, feasts, Jamie Lannister) but it's also a land of death and destruction, people always scheming against you, and then there's that whole White Walkers situation. Nope!

 4.) The Faction System (Divergent Trilogy)
There is no way I could live my whole life being boxed into one personality or another. Plus as the series develops things just get less fun. I'd rather not!

5.) Oz (The Wicked Years)
This is not your grandmother's Oz. After book 1 things escalate into war, puppet governments, life on the run, and seriously only a few people can do magic! Sounds like no fun at all!

6.) The future in The Giver (The Giver)
This world is way too sterile! It freaks me out man! I want to have bad feels and know about the evil in the world, that's what keeps things interesting! Hard pass!

7.) Isla Sorna (Jurassic Park)
It's not particularly a world but it is terrifying! Yeah, dinosaurs are cool but they are also monsters that will rip you limb from limb and eat you for dinner. Avoid at all costs!

8.) Regency Era (Jane Austen, etc.)
All the concern with manners, being landylike, and finding a husband is not my idea of a good time. Although the dresses are pretty. Not worth it!

9.) Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Everyone thinks Narnia is so great but can we talk about eternal winter (which I feel like I'm currently living), evil witches, royal usurpers, and lots of war. Not my idea of a good time!

10.) OASIS (Ready Player One)
Okay so OASIS has it's benefits and actually sounds like a really good virtual reality game but I suck at video games and there's also this menacing pseudo-government entity and the real world in this world sounds horrible. Not my deal future! 

What world would you not want to inhabit? Leave me a comment. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

*On a related note my favorite part of this question is the maps! I love maps! If a book has a map I am totally obsessed with checking it every time the characters go somewhere new! Maps are a fantastic way to set up a world*


  1. Ooh, I never thought about Isla Sorna - I can definitely understand why that would make your list. (Even though dinosaurs are, as you said, cool.) My list is here: http://pagesofstarlight.blogspot.com/2014/01/top-ten-worlds-id-never-want-to-live-in.html

  2. Oh I love that you included maps!! Gosh, I love maps.
    I forgot all about Ravka! I guess because I love the books so much, I couldn't picture it as negative haha!!

  3. Wow you and I are totally on the same page. I haven't heard of all of those places, but I'm right there with you.
    And the regency period. YES!
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  4. I wouldn't want to live in Westeros or Panem either! Great picks!

  5. OOoh nice picks! I chose Divergent as well and totally didn't even think to remember Jurassic Park or those characters! Definitely don't want to be there!! :)

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  6. Panem is a no no for me--government corruption and the hunger game where children have to kill each other to survive. Just no please.

  7. Ohhh okay first off, I'm loving all the maps that you included here! I freaking love maps in books. I could study them forever. And second, you came up with some really great picks that wouldn't have occurred to me if I hadn't read your reasoning. I mean, I was in love with the world building in Shadow and Bone and would totally love to live in the Little Palace in Os Alta, but yeah, I somehow forgot about that huge evil rift!! So I guess I would pass on Ravka after all...

  8. Good list, I agree that Westeros, Panem and the world of The Giver are all terrible places to live.

  9. I agree with most of these (especially Westeros because everyone you love will die horribly) but I would luuuurve to live in Ravka. Haven't you heard that Nikolai is single and in need of a queen? xD