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Though some of these settings are fictional and some are real, most of them are impossible to visit.
Lost on a Tropical Island from The Swiss Family Robinson
I know being stranded in the wilderness wouldn’t be all fun and games, but the adventurous side of me doesn’t care. The Robinsons built houses all over the island and lived in each at different times of the year. It was like they had multiple vacation homes, one of which was an elaborate tree house. They went on exciting adventures, tried new foods, befriended many kinds of animals, and during the rainy season they stayed in a cozy cave and did crafts.
Traveling Through Time with Mr. Peabody and Sherman
I’d love to hop in the Wayback Machine and visit times and places throughout history. And who better to travel with than Mr. Peabody and Sherman? They always manage to get themselves into some kind of dangerous adventure. And Mr. Peabody makes the best puns ever!
Revolutionary War Boston from Johnny Tremain
Historical times and places I’d love to visit are innumerable, but the Thirteen Colonies during the Revolutionary War are at the top of the list. I would enjoy seeing the origin story of America unfold before my eyes, I’d love to meet my patriot ancestors, and I’m sure I’d come away with a new appreciation for the sacrifice so many people gave in the fight for freedom.
Themyscira from Wonder Woman
I haven’t read any of the Wonder Woman comic books, but that is where this setting originates. I saw Themyscira in the Wonder Woman movie and would love to visit the beautiful, Grecian-esque island with a sapphire-blue sea, green hills, and ancient-styled architecture. The Amazons have a juxtaposing lifestyle where they live in idyllic peace even while they train for brutal war. Where better to take a self-defense class?
The Village of Sparks from The People of Sparks
In this dystopian book, certain people wander the abandoned cities throughout the land, looking for anything useful to sell. There’s something both fascinating and terrible about going to deserted cities and scrounging for supplies. This book has some great situations and themes, too: how wars begin, how people start over and rebuild, and the value of mercy over hate.
The Island of Fincayra from The Lost Years of Merlin
On this island there is delicious fruit that makes the eater feel a range of emotions. There’s also treacherous villains, a dwarf-sized giant, characters who are not what they seem, and an all-pervading hope for the future. In one of the best scenes, Merlin finds an underground treasure trove of books.
All of Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
But especially these four places:
To do list: Ride the famed horses of the Rohirrim.
Of course, the Shire. With its green rolling hills and gentle folk who love the comforts of home, this is my kind of place.
I am in awe of these huge, foreboding statues. They seem to say, “Stay back! Don’t come this way.”
Rivendell has been described as, “The Last Homely House East of the Sea”, and in both books serves as a place of respite before the great dangers that lie ahead.
What are your favorite book settings? Let me know in the comments!