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!