Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Top Ten Favourite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

My favourite ten book settings are:

1. Wyndspelle in the Wyndspelle trilogy by Aola Vandergriff.
Wyndspelle is an old weather-beaten mansion on top of a cliff looming over a wild sea. It is full of secrets and eeriness, and it is a perfect setting for a Gothic novel.

2. Prince Prospero's palace in "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe.
I love the symbolism of this lush, yet macabre setting. But the stress is on lush and macabre. This setting is very memorable: seven rooms, painted in seven different colours that speak of the character of those in the palace.

3. Rivendell in the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.
This is an Elven outpost that is secluded, as well as truly beautiful, ancient and serene. I just love this place.

4. Fell's Church in the Vampire Diaries trilogy by L.J. Smith.
I love the old, New-England feel to the town. It's small and sort of mystical. History is a big part of this place and I love towns that embrace their history.

5. The Opera Garnier in The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.
This is a real building in Paris, and I love what Leroux did with it. It is a place of beauty, epicness, mystery, labyrinths. There are many secret passages, an underground lake with an apartment, and above ground the lush auditorium, the stage, the enchanting and eerie backstage area. A wonderful setting.

6. Neverland in "Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" by J.M. Barrie.
Everyone can conjure up a Neverland in their minds and Neverland is precisely like a dream. It's magical and beautiful, and offers pure escapism.

7. The Glass City in Random Magic by Sasha Soren.
This is an impressive city where everything is made of glass. The city itself is a tricky place, as it supports complete conformity in a way that is a bit scary, but the city itself, physically speaking, is a real marvel.

8. Gotham City in DC Comics.
It's a Gothic, strange city, home to Batman/Bruce Wayne and many villains/degenerates. There's just something about this place that is appealing. It's ugly, it's dark and hard, but you just want to uncover the secrets. A place with a strong atmosphere.

9. Victorian England.
Just in general, Victorian England is my favourite type of book setting.

10. St Hauda's Land in The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw.
This is a fictional archipelago of seven islands that reminds one of the Hebrides. It is such a wonderful, enchanted place, with narwhals populating the sea, which, as a lover of whales, I find great.


Blodeuedd said...

I would certainly LOVE to live in Rivendell. And lots of other cities in different fantasy books

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I love Victorian England too although my preference is Regency England; also love Rivendell. I enjoy reading about Gotham City but that's one place I would definitely never want to live.

Jo K said...

Those are great settings especially, Rivendell, Wyndspelle, and Opera Garnier, but others, too.

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I considered Neverland, too, but decided that I'd better not add it since I've never actually read the book.

Unknown said...

Rivendell is beautiful! I love Victorian England, too, and I just read and loved Random Magic!


Carole Rae said...

I wouldn't mind living in Rivendell! However, I prefer Rohan. XD haha. I do like the Victorian England settings very much.