Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Book-ish Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In

I don't even have to think about this very much.

Without further ado, here's my list of book-ish worlds I'd never want to live in...

Where? The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Why? Women have had all their rights suspended. Women are not allowed to read. Gracious!

Where? Watership Down by Richard Adams
Why? Rabbits live precarious lives.

Where? Fairy Tales
Why? Too many dragons and evil stepmothers.

Where? Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Why? Pirates. Ugh.

Where? Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Why? Miserable living conditions (unless, of course, one lives in the Capitol.)

Where? Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Why? Scary barbaric world.

Where? Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Why? Book burning.

Where? Dune by Frank Herbert
Why? Dune is a vast desert. And has attacking sandworms.

Where? Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
Why? Dangerous dragons.

Where? Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Why? Giant insects. Mastodons. And, of course, lots of magma.

What book-ish worlds would you hate to live in?


  1. Oh fairy tales is a good one. Once Upon a Time (the tv show, not my blog!) has proven how horrid life is in fairy tale lands.

  2. Great list! I haven't read A Handmaid's Tale yet but I definitely would not want to live there. And come to think of it, I wouldn't want to live in Dune's Arrakis either--too hot and dry! xD

  3. These are awful worlds for women. I wonder if men would pick the same.

  4. I haven't read The Handmaid's Tale,Watership Down, Treasure Island but they don't sound too good (although I like Pirates)

    Agree with Hunger Games, although even in the capital they are trapped, a sick a twisted part of me would still love to live in Game of Thrones if for nothing but just Tyrion.

    I haven't read/seen the rest but I'm sure that I wouldn't like to live in them either :)

  5. I like pirates in theory. But I don't think I'd want to live with smelly people who are always drawing their swords.

  6. Great list! I love that you included fairy tales!

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog
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  7. I agree with what you are saying about the pirates, I just think it would be cool, and also technically if you are one you would be ok with the swords and smell as you wouldn't know any different, it would be a way of life for you.

    The fairy tales btw is a good idea too, although if it was say Frozen the new disney film I wouldn't mind so much :) haha

  8. Argh! I'd hate a world without reading! I'd definitely hate to live there. Fab list!

  9. Yes, the worst for me would be a world without books.

  10. I wouldn't want to live in Fairy Tales either. After reading them in my Children's Lit class I definitely don't want to be any sort of princess.

    I've never read Fahrenheit 451, but yes I don't want to live in a world of book burning either. I've only read Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, but again yes to not wanting to live in a world where women's rights are suppressed. Great list Deb :)

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  11. Everything you have listed I agree with! Fairy tales are so scary! Those worlds are so similar to Westeros, and Westeros is so scary!

    Thanks for stoppin' by! Have a great week!

  12. I appreciate those fairy tale inclusions! I remember reading The Handmaid's Tale in school and can understand where you're coming from.

  13. i'd forgotten all about game of thrones! good one.

    and hunger games - anything dystopian and oppressive would definitely not be fun to live in.

  14. There were so many choices! Things that make for a great story generally make for a terrible life. Handmaid's Tale and Fahrenheit 451 both made my list. I also considered Dune as well but let my daughter pick on instead.

  15. How did I miss Dune and Journey to the Center of the Earth? Good picks and I agree with you there - terrible places.

  16. How about The Road? That is the one that came to me immediately.

  17. I first read Fahrenheit 451 when I was in 8th grade. I actually thought it would be really cool to live in a village of book rebels, who all memorized entire books by heart to keep them alive for future generations. I even tried it, but soon realized I would have to do poetry since I'd never be able to memorize an entire book. I can still quote some of the Kipling I taught myself, just in case the state ever banned reading.

  18. I'm happy you are fully prepared for the Fahrenheit 451 world. I can see that I need to get busy.

  19. Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro where clones are used for organ transplants. Yikes! Quite a sad world.

  20. Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro where clones are used for organ transplants. Yikes! Quite a sad world.

  21. Yes, of course. I completely forgot about this one.

  22. I love the eclectic lists you create- another great one here. And just for a change I've read quite a few of these.


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