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I saw a picture a while back, and for the life of me I can’t find it again. To paraphrase the joke, it’s got three girls all holding up their favorite books.
Girl 1: My favorite series is Harry Potter, and I’d love to go to Hogwarts!
Girl 2: My favorite series is Percy Jackson, and I wish I could go to Camp Half-Blood!
Girl 3: My favorite series is The Hunger Games, and I… I’m good.
As a kid, the bulk of my daydreaming involved jaunting off to one fictional world or another. Some of them, on reflection, might not have actually been that fun to live in. Oops.
What fictional settings did you fantasize about as a kid? Which ones would you still go to “like a shot,” as Peter S. Beagle (haha, I got the name right this time) once said of Middle-Earth? What fictional settings do you love reading about, but wouldn’t live in if they paid you?
For the writers among us, do you prefer creating worlds for your readers to daydream about visiting, or worlds to make them glad they don’t have to live there?