The blog chain is back! And Miriam Joy couldn’t have picked a better prompt:
Which fictional world would you most like to be a part of, and what role do you think you would fulfill within it?
Excuse me while I think back to all my favorite fantasy/sci-fi novels and think of the ones with the best settings. There’s Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire (only just finished the first book), and The Dark Tower series.
If I could be in the
completely real fictional world of Harry Potter, I’d probably be unemployed and living on the streets. It’s a sad truth: the wizard economy would never work in real life. Why would anyone hire a fellow witch/wizard when they could get a house elf to do the work for free? Or they could just flick their wand around and whatever they need doing will be done. Magic has unfortunately made 90% of the wizarding population useless.
And I know what you’re thinking: “Matt, why can’t you just wave your wand around and make food and money appear out of thin air?” Well first off, I can’t magically make those items, according to the Five Principal Exceptions to Gamp’s Law. And besides, I’m a forgetful person. I would have lost my wand within a week of buying it.
So it looks like I’ll have to pass on Harry Potter’s world.
Then there’s middle earth, which I’ll also have to pass on. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m secretly afraid of elves. (Although luckily they all seem to be leaving soon.) The same could be said of Alagaësia.
I’d be okay with living in Westeros (I’d be a stable boy, because stable boys are cool), if it weren’t for the fact that everyone in this world seems to be some sort of scheming psychopath. Anyone with a conscience ends up dead.
There’s also the problem of the uneven seasons. Not only is this annoying, but it causes a bunch of problems the books have (so far) failed to address. First of all, how exactly do plants grow without a proper seasonal cycle? Where is all this food coming from? And how do they even measure the years?
And don’t even get me started on Panem.
I guess if I had to choose a fictional world to live in, it would be Narnia. Sure, it’s not perfect, what with its lack of antibiotics and all, but at least there’s talking animals. And there’s always the chance of me escaping into my own world (which I prefer). Hopefully, I’d end up as either a farmer, or a professional high-fiver. Either one’s fine.
Writing this post made me realize how horrible most fictional worlds are. Out of all the worlds mentioned above, I think Harry Potter’s is the safest, and I haven’t even mentioned the whole “Dark Lord Trying to Kill Everyone” thing. Even though everyone wants to live in a nice, safe, Utopian society, writers have accepted the fact that Utopias are boring. Dark, gritty worlds with high mortality rates are much more interesting.
December 4th: Against the Shadows.
December 5th: Deborah Rocheleau.
December 6th: The Little Engine That Couldn’t.
December 7th: Relatively Curious.
December 8th: The Magic Violinist.
December 9th: Laughing at Live Dragons.
December 10th: This Page Intentionally Left Blank.
December 11th: Kira Budge: Author.
December 12th: Brooke Reviews.
December 13th: Next Page Reviews.
December 14th: Susannah Ailene Martin.
December 15th: Musings From Neville’s Navel.
December 16th: Mirror Made of Words
December 17th: Woah!
December 18th: Lily’s Notes in the Margins.
December 19th: Wheat and Wine.
December 20th: Please Forget My Story.
December 21st: An MK’s Meandering Mind.
December 22nd: Miss Alexandrina
December 23rd: Unikke Lyfe.
December 24th: Miriam Joy.