Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.
This weeks theme is: Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (Real or Fictional).
Derry – I’m a huge Stephen King fan, and several of his works centre around Derry, Maine. With so much going on, from being the hunting ground of a killer clown, or a stop-off for a time travelling would-be president-saver, who wouldn’t want to visit? I’d particularly like to go to the Derry library as staffed by Mike Hanlon from IT, although preferably not while Pennywise is a patron there. Also, I’ve been watching a lot of Haven. I love that series, and think the filming locations are absolutely gorgeous. This is what Derry looks like to me.
Gilead – from Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, Gilead is the childhood home of the last Gunslinger Roland Deschain, and I really wish more of the story was set there as what bit is shown throughout the series is intriguing. I would love a book or a series of books devoted to Roland’s youth and his developing friendship with Cuthbert and Alain.
Winterfell – Home of the Stark family in A Song of Ice and Fire, the cold, bleak North still holds a certain romantic appeal. I could don a thick fur coat and explore the wonder that is Winterfell.
Whitby – This one is inspired by Dracula, and the arrival of the Demter into Whitby harbour during that storm. It’s a scene I don’t think I will ever forget, and from the pictures I’ve seen of Whitby online it really lends itself to being the place Dracula first finds when he comes to England – the abbey on the hill, or the ruins of the abbey look suitably gothic and atmospheric, and the rest of the place is very picturesque and romantic.
The Night Circus – Wherever the Night Circus arrives without warning, that’s where I want to be, exploring and enjoying all the delights of the many shows within the circus.
Dorne – I’m not usually a sun seeker at all, but the way George R R Martin brings Dorne to life is so exotic and enticing that even I would brave the sun and heat (as a bonus, I would cool down with some good Dornish wine!).
Mirkwood – I loved the way Mirkwood was realised on screen in The Hobbit movies and even though I have a great fear of spiders, I would risk them to be able to visit the Elf King’s home.
1920s London as featured in the Jeeves books by P G Wodehouse – I love the comic turn that P G Wodehouse gives to the period in which Bertie Wooster was evading irate aunts and potential wedding companions, and the fashions of the period were gorgeous too, so count me in for a trip back in time.
Hogwarts – I don’t think this one needs too much explanation, does it?
The Paris Opera – As haunted by the Opera Ghost in Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. I find the fact that so much of that grand building is below ground level, complete with underground lake, is absolutely brilliant. I can’t imagine they let the public down into those areas, but I’m sure it would be a sight to see if they did.
So, where have books inspired you to want to visit?