Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
1. The island in Lord of the Flies by William Golding
I personally am in no hurry to book a ticket to this little island and I imagine paradise is a word very rarely used to describe it, at least by those who've inhabited it, but it is one of the most vivid and crucial setting used in a novel. It provided the perfect wild, savage backdrop for their descent into animalistic madness.
2. Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, Hogwarts, The Ministry of Magic etc etc in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I couldn't pick just one location and they could have all to easily taken up this entire post! So instead I've jumbled them all up into this one entry but please don't take that to mean that they are in any way less special! The world Rowling creates is so amazing I don't even know where to start! From the moving staircases to the room of requirement to the maze-like tunnels below Gringotts to the charming and slightly bizarre entrance methods into the Ministry. They're magical, I suppose, that's the simple crux of it. They're amazing.
3. Edinburgh in Trainspotting and Porno by Irvine Welsh
In Trainspotting and Porno Edinburgh is depicted almost as another character, just as sick and confused and unwell as the characters who make up the story.
I love many of the settings in LOTR but I don't think any (save perhaps for Lothlórien) come close to the beauty and Majesty of Rivendell.
5.Wonderland in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This was my first adventure into a surreal and nonsensical world (outside of the Dr Seuss books I read as a child perhaps) and it still remains one of my favourites. I used to own an annotated version of this book and it was amazing to read all the tiny, itty bitty references to maths, literature, the real Alice and members of the university Carroll worked with that I never would have imagined picking up on. The detail and complexity of this world is so extraordinary it's difficult not to fall head over heels right down the rabbit hole after Alice.
Ok so this is a bit of a cheat, it's a TV show not a book but it is still one of my all time favourite settings. Bigger on the inside and capable of taking people to any time and any location in all of history and space. Plus it's such a cute little blue policeman's box inhabited by the most wonderful, caring, intelligent and hot (especially in the case of a certain David Tennant *ahem*) timelord in existence.
7. Post-Captain Trips America in The Stand by Stephen King
To be honest this could be the empty city location demonstrated in a number of dystopian novels, but I chose The Stand because I loved it and will promote it whenever I can! This style of setting, whether it's in the city or in a smaller town, has such a pervasive feeling of...I don't know really, unease? When this sort of setting is put in the hands of a talented author like King it can be incredibly powerful and evocative and damn frightening.
8.Gilead in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The oppressive style of life fostered in the Handmaid's Tale is beautifully and tragically backdropped by one of the most formidable and haunting settings I've read in recent years. Gilead is everything I never want to experience first hand.
This is a marvelous world where magic is a reality, seven league boots can be bought, fire demons lurk in fireplaces and castles roam the country side. The things I love though is how all the magic is fitted alongside beautiful natural environments. Fields of flowers, mountainsides and sprawling hills created the most beautiful and natural depiction of magic I think I've ever read.
10. America in Watchmen by Alan Moore
The idea that a simple change in history, in this case America winning the Vietnam War, could change the world almost beyond recognition is a fascinating premise and the America depicted in Watchmen is gritty, and dark and full of life.
What do you guys have on your lists?