Saturday, March 21, 2009

Top 10 Fictional Places I'd Like to Visit

Alright, so yes, I stole this idea from a post I saw somewhere a few weeks ago (I can't recall where). But it's a cool idea. So I am posting a list of the top ten fictional places I'd like to visit. And I wanted to go big and try to think up all the places I've visited in my literary journeys, but I'm sure that I'm going to miss something good, so help me out. What did I miss?

The Top Ten Fictional Places I'd Like to Visit:

Here we go from 10 to 1, ten fictional places I would pay money to travel and see.

10. U.S.S. Enterprise, Star Trek
I am not necessarily a trekkie, but this new Star Trek flick from J.J. Abrams looks amazing, and it helps that Abrams (the co-creator of Lost and Alias) is directing the film. It looks like so much fun in the recent trailers that what the heck, why not hang out on the ship, beam up to the bridge and just check out all the gadgets. Maybe fly somewhere cool.

9. Gotham City, The Bat Cave, Batman
For any Batman fan, whether you're into the comic books, the movies or some other form of the Batman stories (the bedsheets), Gotham City looks like an interesting place to visit, what with all the masked homicidal maniacs running around. Other than that last bit, it might as well be New York City, so I think I will narrow the pick of location to the Bat Cave itself. You don't need to ask me why. That place looks like a virtual toy shop full of gadgetry and techno toys that only a billionaire can afford. And I would love to spend some time messing around with that batmobile too...

8. The Island, Lost.
This is a newer edition into the pantheon of geek literature, but Lost has made its mark, crazy or not. This show has put a whole new spin on getting stuck on a desert island and that's what makes it so much fun, well that and wacky others, bloodthirsty strangers, beyond unpredictable plot twists and a backpack full of insane paradoxes that just sort of hang around with you even as you continue watching the show. So I don't care what you say, I would love to spend a few weeks exploring the time-traveling, hatch-hiding, others-ridden, black-smoke infested island. It wouldn't really be a vacation, but I'm downright sure it would be a trip.

7. Narnia, The Chronicles of Narnia
Now I have to admit right up front that I have long been a fan of the Narnia series, but not a HUGE fan; I loved these books as kids, but I moved on to Tolkien fairly quickly. And for me, after that, I didn't look back all that much. With that said, the stories of Narnia and the land itself, has always inspired my imagination. Even in the recent movies the land was intriguing and fun, and the films weren't altogether horrible.

6. Minas Tirith, The Lord of the Rings
In the Lord of the Rings, the city that stands out to me as one with the most grandeur and staggering size, especially in the films by Peter Jackson, is Minas Tirith. While the other cities of LOtR are quite cool, each one for its own reason, this city holds a special place in my imagination as it's built into the sheer rock of the mountainside, it stands tall over the plains looking out toward the dark lord, and the way it's defensive series of ringed sections are constructed is simply ingenious.

5. Atlantis
The mythical culture of Atlantis, the island city which was supposed to be located somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, has inspired creatives and confounded explorers for centuries. I would love to visit the fictional place of the stories, the one in which Atlantis is submerged under the ocean; the one in which Atlantis is home to aliens, or exotic races of people, or strange animals, magics and other things that sound equally irrational. It is one of the great myths of history, who wouldn't love to explore its mysterious shores?

4. Endor, Star Wars
In all of the Star Wars universe, nothing captivated my imagination more as a kid than Endor and the Ewoks. I think I would love to go there now just to take my own kids and show them the world of the furry little, spear-carrying teddy bears. Who would've thought that idea pitch would've made sense?

3. Tar Valon, The Wheel of Time Series
If you're a Robert Jordan fan, and I know, its take a certain kind of fantasy lover, maybe you will agree with me that the city of Tar Valon sounds amazing! The White Tower standing tall over the city's island constructed of polished white stone, and a city built by the mysterious and monstrous Ogiers (some of you are like what the heck is he talking about...?). Fantastic!

2. The Shire, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
So if I had to pick one place in Middle Earth to visit, even beyond Minas Tirith, I don't think I would want to vacation anywhere hardcore or war torn. Though I was a huge fan of the layout and battles that take place at Helm's Deep, it doesn't seem like a nice place to go visit. It's a nice place to go defend against an army of 10,000. However, the Shire sounds nice at all times of the year. Peaceful hobbits, nice houses nestled in the hills and green rolling hills, it sounds like Utopia. I'm in. Vacation!

1. Camelot of Arthurian Legend
Camelot is the classic king's castle and court, with a round table featuring the legendary knights that included Lancelot. I have to say that seeing the image of Camelot (right, from Idylls of the King) is one of the things that inspired me as a young writer and I think that's why this is number one. Camelot for me, is one of the earliest and most inspiring tales of heroism and fantastical adventure that I have read about, and that inspires me to write today. Thus, it is my number one fictional place!

Alright so this is my list of fictional places, but I am positive there are hundreds of other good options. What amazing fictional place would you like to visit on your next vacation? Open up your library and recall the journeys you've taken. Where would you visit?


Robert Treskillard said...

Camelot ... #1 for me, too. But then again, I'm biased!

Thanks for the imagination tour!

Alexander Field said...

That's right, Camelot would be your favorite! It was a good way to write up something fun and channel some past fantasy reading into a post on a Saturday...hope you're well Robert!

Aly said...

Re: #1. Gotta book (actually, a trilogy) rec for you: The Winter King and its sequels, Enemy of God and Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell. Just finished them, and dude! Thought of you the whole way thru. Have you read them?

beth♥ said...

You stole it. I'm going to steal it!! I hope you don't mind. Although, my list may be VERY similar to yours and Camelot will likely be my #1 as well. Aly is right! You DO NEED TO READ the Bernard Cornwell series mentioned. I just finished it last week and loved it.

Alexander Field said...

Nope, I haven't read the Cornwell trilogy, but Aly whenever you recommend something, I'm usually not disappointed. Beth, you've read it too, a double recommendation - wow - I'm in. I'll look for your top ten soon. : )

Samuel D. Smith said...

I love all of your choices, Alexander.

I am racking (or is it wracking?) my brain (or is it brane?) to think of any others.

I would maybe add Sherwood, though I know it's not exactly fiction. But the camp of Robin Hood would be a great place to visit.

I would also include Battle-School from Ender's Game.

Nice blog! Exclamation point.

I look forward to hearing more about your novel.

beth♥ said...

OH! The Jack Whyte "Skystone" series is another great Arthurian read

Alex said...

Here're mine:

*New Crobuzon (China Mieville)

*Zothique (Clark Ashton Smith)

*The End of Time (Michael Moorcock)

*London (I live in the real one: I mean the alternate version from Gibson & Sterling's 'Difference Engine)

*Freeside space-station (Neuromancer)

Alexander Field said...

Samuel, I love your additions, in fact Ender's Game is a story I was thinking about while working on this post. Loved that book!

Beth, thanks for the recommendation, my wish list at amazon is getting crazy long right now.

Alex, wow man - these are some killer additions to the list - though I haven't read The End of time, or Zothique. I have also heard good things about China Mieville's work - good reads? Thanks for popping by man!

Alex said...

Glad to visit, you've got yourself a good blog here! Very interested in your novel & other writing as well.

Mieville's the best, he really is. 'Perdido Street Station' changed the way I look at SFF forever really. You're in for a treat if you do decide to give it a go!

The others are cool as well: C.A.S's short stories, including the Zothique ones, are all available to read online at - promoting him's a bit of a pet project of mine, he's really underrated...

Alexander Field said...

I'll have to start with "Perdido Street Station" then...thanks Alex. Another book for the wish list and the TBR stack!

Eärwen said...

Wow, great choices! Mine would be...

1. Rivendell, Middle-earth

2. Narnia, Narnia :/

3. The Shire, Middle-earth

4. Borengard, The Lands (my book)

5. wherever Sleeping Beauty lived AFTER Mileficent was killed...

6. Prince Edward Island (not fictional, but still!)

7. New Zealand, definately (not fictional, but still again)

8. Endor, Star Wars

9. fff

Alexander Field said...

Fantastic list Earwen. Love New Zealand as well, and where is fff? : )

Kerani said...

I like this list! Atlantis, though...dunno if myth counts as fiction. Somehow, to me, Camelot seems more fictional than Atlantis.

And I really like the pictures - nice touch!

I did up a list of my own, here:

Thanks for the idea!

Alexander Field said...

Nice list Kerani, thanks for coming by.

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