Who hasn’t said they wanted to go to Middle Earth or Hogwarts? We totally have. Sometimes it’s fun to dream about how your life would be different if you lived in the world of your favourite story. Would you be a hero? A villain? or would you prefer to live a quiet life in a cottage ignoring all of the drama in the main story? But what about those places that only a fool would willingly wander in to? This week on Top Five Wednesday, Chelsey and I talk about the fictional worlds we would never live in. Ever.
We may like the stories about these places, but if we had a chance to visit them for a while we would politely decline. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather avoid a zombie apocalypse or dying from poor medical practices. That’s just me though.
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1. GREEK MYTHOLOGY (ALL OF IT)
Just no. Everyone gets it at some point. The Gods of Ancient Greece were petty, vengeful and bored. If they decided that they didn’t like you, your existence would suck. Not that it really did you much good to be favoured by the Gods either. Greek mythology is full of weird and detailed punishments that are just awful. Hey Sisyphus, have fun pushing this boulder up a hill for all of eternity! Prometheus! Buddy! How’s that daily liver removal going? Nobody in these stories gets their happy ending. Sure you get close, but then it just all goes to hell. We’re looking at you Oedipus! How’s that marriage to your mother?
2. THE NEWSFLESH TRILOGY – MIRA GRANT
Zombies and constant blood tests. In other words my own personal nightmare. In this world everyone is already infected, meaning that when you die you will become a zombie. That’s a given, we’re over that. It’s just the other little things. Like how at least one percent of the population is prone to random amplification at any time. Just bam, you’re a zombie now.
The world of The Newsflesh trilogy is a really controlled and uncomfortable society that is completely sterile. Want to visit a friend’s house? Go on vacation? Honestly it’s not really worth it, with the multiple blood tests and bleach baths, you might as well just stay on netflix or reddit. The people in this world rarely go outside in order to lower their risk of infection. The likelihood or surviving and living a fun and satisfying life is rather low.
Chelsey and I did a review of the first novel in The Newsflesh trilogy. You can watch it here.
3. NEW YORK CITY/ GOTHAM/ METROPOLIS
Number three isn’t limited to Gotham or Metropolis, but covered every single incarnation of New York City in comics. Every week a building is exploding, or aliens are attacking or someone’s rampaging. You not only have to live in constant fear that you might get mugged by a street thug or accidentally find yourself a hostage to a super villain, you have to watch out for the heroes as well. Yes they mean well, but for ever person they save they also destroy their own fair share of public property. Just think of the fight at the end of The Man of Steel. It’s just an added stress to living in a city that you just don’t need.
4. POST APOCALYPTIC WASTELANDS – THE ROAD, Z FOR ZACHARIAH, THE MAZE RUNNER AND MANY, MANY MORE….
In these worlds there is no hope. Humanity is at it’s lowest point. You can’t trust anyone. There is no way for society to be rebuilt again. Anything can kill you, from your fellow survivors to accidently nicking yourself on a knife which could lead to a blood infection. Post apocalyptic wastelands tend to be populated with cannibals, mutated creatures (the outcome of a nuclear or chemical war), poison and even roving war bands. If these elements don’t kill you, the lack of food and water probably will.
5. TIE: SKYGGEHAVN FROM THE KINGDOM OF LITTLE WOUNDS – SUSANN COKAL & WESTEROS FROM A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE – GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
In Westeros you’re going to be murdered. Either you’re allied with the wrong house, you happen to be on the wrong side of a Dire Wolf or on the wrong side of the wall. This is a vicious world where everyone is out for themselves and their own. Meanwhile in the city of Skyggehavn from Kingdom of Little Wounds, you’re most likely going to find yourself suffering from a disease like syphilis. If the symptoms for the disease don’t kill you, then the treatments probably will. In both of these worlds it doesn’t matter if you’re high born or low, both classes have their own horrible existences. There is no escaping the unpleasantness.
Now that that you have that stupidly catchy song stuck in your head, it’s your turn to tell us about the fictional world you would never want to live in. Or, are you brave enough stand a chance living in any of the ones that we mentioned in our list? Tell us your answers in the comments below!
Until next week Happy Reading!