Booking Through Thursday: Another World

Suggested by Miko

Are there any particular worlds in books where you’d like to live?

Or where you certainly would NOT want to live?

What about authors? If you were a character, who would you trust to write your life?

(This came to me when reviewing a Jonathan Carroll book - I’m not sure I’d like to live in the worlds of his books.)

I'm sure many people will say they want to live in magical places but that's not for me. Too much peril. I don't want to be eaten by a dragon or turned into a pumpkin. I prefer the world of Austen. Balls, visiting friends, and long walks in the country. Sounds good to me. Plus, if I was the heroine, I'd always end up with the perfect man. One who doesn't leave dirty underwear on the floor. So maybe I'd have to put up with an annoying relative or two and there are always money issues in Austenland but nothing I can't handle.

I would not want to be in any dystopian novel, like The Handmaid's Tale or Fahrenheit 451. No, no, no.

As for writing my life story, definitely not Stephen King (no rabid dogs or horrifying aliens please) or Margaret Atwood (gloom, gloom, gloom). I think I'd like Carol Shields to do it. She was so good at making the ordinary extraordinary. And I'm pretty ordinary but I think she could liven it up.


  1. I agree completely - no dragons or evil fairies for me. If I'm going to be fictional, I want an idyllic setting to be fictional in.

  2. Being ordinary is comforting, I think.

  3. I agree with you, no magical times for me. I don't go for peril either! lol

  4. Austen is a great answer. You would also have a maid that could pick up that piece of underwear before you laid eyes on it. :)

  5. As I said when I reviewed Pride and Prejudice, I'd as soon visit Vegas as I would Austen's time/place. Opposite ends of the spectrum for sure, but equally as non-appealing to me. Austen's time seemed too rigid while Vegas seems too plastic and crazy. I'd want a more moderate scene. Perhaps Britain as in Black Swan Green.

  6. I'd pick Maeve Binchy to write for me - happy endings, either Mediterranean or Irish settings, the right guy, pretty ordinary life.

    Austen would be OK, if you were one of the rich people and had servants, but what if you were a servant? or didn't even have a servant? ugh!

  7. I'm reading some Barbara Pym at the moment, and I quite fancy a cup of hot Ovaltine with one of her prim spinsters. But I'm afraid the world of Jane Austen would have too many rules for me, and I would be quite unable to make charming conversation. And if I were inside a nineteenth-century English novel, my red hair would automatically mark me as a suspect. For example, Uriah Heep has red hair.

    Maybe the ideal place for me is as a cheerful orphan on PEI.

  8. Wouldn't it be neat to be Jane Austin's friend? If you were, what character might you think/hope she'd have created about you?

  9. Raidergirl- I'd have to be the main character so I'm guaranteed a happy ending.

    Rob- Marilla would be pleased.

    Literatewife- Lizzie Bennett. She's just about perfect (and ends up stinking rich!)

  10. Frankly, I like being myself in the prevalent times..:D

    Here is my BTT post

  11. I mentioned The Handmaid's Tale as a place I wouldn't want to live either. Somehow, being disallowed to read is what really got to me.

    I think Austenland is great... except the whole no drugs with childbirth thing... eek.

  12. I was thinking more along the lines of having Jane Austen write my story. :-)


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