Book Blogger Hop: April 13th | Fictional Towns

Is there a fictitious town in a book that you would love to live in? What makes it appealing?

My mind went all over the place when I read this question. Firstly, I overlooked the clarification of ‘in a book’ and thought of ‘Stars Hollow’ from Gilmore Girls. Damn, how I love Gilmore Girls. I’m going to put that one down to the fact that I am currently rewatching the series and personally highly relate to Rory Gilmore. But, upon rereading the question, I was obviously reminded that Gilmore Girls is a show, not a book, so that answer simply wouldn’t suffice in the slightest.

So, then, for some reason, my mind went straight to The Mortal Instruments series before I paused and asked myself; ‘C, you know New York City is a real place, right?’ I do know that, to your potential surprise. All in all, this question proved harder than you would think. I know that there are dozens of fictional towns I would I’ve to at least be able to visit and experience for myself, but, now when I have to think of one, my mind goes blank. It’s like being in an exam hall.

The issue with this question is that you completely forget which damn books have fictional characters and which ones are set in little obscure real ones that hardly anybody has heard of. At first, I considered Perdido Beach from Michael Grant’s ‘Gone’ series but there’s not much special about it. I wouldn’t want to live there and I definitely don’t want to experience all the cannibal drama.

I think I would like to experience Ketterdam from Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Six Of Crows’ series, but that’s more because I’d want to (hopefully) interact with the characters instead of the place itself.

This is difficult – I’m actually looking through my GoodReads’ shelves whilst I write this. As soon as this is posted, I’ll have loads of answers to this question, I swear.

Hold on! Yes, okay, I’ve got it. Henrietta, Virginia. Boom, yes. I would love to live in Henrietta, Virginia because, frankly, who the hell wouldn’t? Notably, this is the town that ‘The Raven Cycle’ series by Maggie Stiefvater is based in. I would’ve said Cabeswater but a forest is not a town.

As for why I’ve finally decided on Henrietta – I think anybody who’s read one of those books can agree it’s a fairly special place. It’s damn magical. I’m slightly biased due to my complete adoration of the characters, but I would really love to live in the town and really experience it for what it (supposedly) is. In the series, it’s built up so intricately and so much detail is provided that you already feel as if you’ve visited before. It feels welcoming and inviting whilst also being mysterious and has a lot of secrets. That, in my mind, just makes it all the more exciting. I’d like to go see Nino’s, maybe catch Blue at the end of a shift, and I’d like to see Aglionby for myself. Of course, then there’s also the fact that Monmouth is a place so, of course, I’d have to crash there.

Like usual, I’ve gone off on a tangent – I’m sorry. I can’t believe I almost answered Perdido Beach, of all places.

How about you? What fictional town form a book appeals to you and why? Is there a specific place that you have always wanted to live in, or does this question confuse you as much as it confused me?

Please do let me know your own answers – I love seeing what others have to say and how the town preferences might differ!

Thank you for reading my answer to this week’s Book Blogger Hop and I’ll write you later.

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33 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop: April 13th | Fictional Towns”

    • Thank you! It took me a while to actually get around to reading The Raven Cycle series but I eventually gave in and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Now I definitely see what all the hype was – it’s such a good series! I hope you’re able to check them out soon 🙂 Not a problem at all, thank you for checking out my own answers and letting me know what you thought!

  • I love Gilmore Girls too, I have the complete series on dvd. I also love the Mortal Instruments series. So those are great choices. I have not read The Raven Cycle series yet but I do love Maggie’s books. So again great choices all around!

    • Thank you!! I adore Gilmore Girls and TMI. Obviously they’re extremely different but they’re both so great and I love to experience the universes. I definitely recommend checking out The Raven Cycle if you ever feel like it! It’s a great read 🙂

    • Oh absolutely! Experiencing NYC as part of TMI universe would be absolutely amazing! It would definitely be pretty hectic, but it’d be fun too, haha. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • Stars Hollow is the place to be! Haha, I definitely recommend checking out the series, it’s definitely one of my favourites and took me pretty off guard. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • I would say it’s probably my dream town! It seems so fun and I would love the chance to explore and experience it for myself. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my answer! 🙂

  • Stars hollow!!! 😍 I thought of it but just had to go with Idris! You definitely had to debate this one out! I think you found a great one though! 😁

    • I can’t believe that I actually forgot about Idris when I was debating my answers for this question! I would absolutely adore to visit the place and experience it for myself. Though, I think Henrietta is full of secrets too, so that would partially make up for it. If we’re talking fictional towns in television shows too though, then Stars Hollow all the way. That would be the best time!

      Thank you for checking out my answer and letting me know what you thought! 🙂

  • Oh, yeah, I had the same feeling, exam time and no answers coming to mind! I didn’t like of Henrietta, but yeah, it sounds so great! And there is a made up city in Mortal Instruments that it spends some time in-Idris 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

    • It’s difficult to narrow down a fictional town when there are so many cool places that you’d like to explore! I would definitely like to spend some time in Henrietta, even if I weren’t going to live there. I didn’t think of Idris when I first considered TMI! But I would definitely love to visit there and experience it for myself. I think it could get pretty hectic though!

      Thank you for checking out my answer and letting me know what you thought! 🙂

    • Thank you! I think one of the cool things about this question is that, even if you aren’t familiar with the towns that other people mention, something might catch your attention and you may find more books that you turn out to really enjoy. If you do check out any of the books, I hope you enjoy them!

      Thank you! Thank you for checking out my answer, and I hope you have a good week! 🙂

  • I really need to try out the Raven Cycle series! I hear amazing things. I am hoping to binge read them (if I end up liking the first one) this Autumn. Everyone keeps talking about amazing they are so I am excited.

    Awesome answer! And thank you for stopping by my BBH post! <3 <3

    • I adore The Raven Cycle series so much. I didn’t think that I would be able to get into them as much as I did, which was really nice. I definitely recommend that you give them a shot – the characters, story, and the world are all so enjoyable and fun to experience. I hope you do enjoy them! You should let me know what you think when you get around to reading them 🙂 I’d love to discuss and hear your thoughts.

      Thank you! And thank you for checking out my answer as well 🙂

  • Speaking of Leigh Bardugo..I almost wrote down the Grishaverse setting which is an interesting setting in its’ own…but the flying cars won over me 😉 wonderful in depth answer by the way!

  • Wow! You really did debate! Lol! I’d argue more for your Stars Hollow town! I am fairly certain they made a few Gilmore Girls books, as I know a lot of shows I watched at that time had a book series! Supernatural still has one running apparently! So in a way, Stars Hollow is in a book and thus your first answer would be acceptable! 😉

    Thanks for visiting my blog post!

    • Yeah, I tend to get a bit sidetracked, sorry! But I would definitely love to live in Stars Hollow, so if my answer is acceptable, then Stars Hollow it is! Yes – I’ve also seen the continuation of the book series of Supernatural, though I have yet to venture into it myself! Thank you for letting me know that Stars Hollow is a good enough answer, that’d definitely be my town of choice
      Thank you for stopping by!

    • It seems like such a fun place to live! I’d love to be able to experience the place and the characters, I think I would fit in pretty well! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • I love that you finally found a place…I’m still thinking of where mine is. I enjoy immersing myself in fictitious places whilst reading and visualising the places that are described. However, I’m still trying to find somewhere I’d want to live.

    • Thank you! It’s definitely not an easy question, and it’s one that makes you think pretty hard because it seems like you forget all the towns that you’ve ever read about. That’s one of my favourite parts of reading, though – being able to explore and experience new places and really explore them through the book. I hope that you find somewhere soon! But there’s no rush and there are always new places to be found! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know what you thought of my answer!

    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I definitely went off on a tangent but it was a good question so I’m glad it made me think. I think one of the good things about this question is that it’s going to let other people become more familiar with fictional towns in books that they may not have heard of, so they may find something interesting and want to explore it for themselves. Even though we don’t always know the towns that others may talk about, it’s still cool to see the difference in personal preference. I think so, at least. Thank you once again!

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