Everybody has a dream destination. Be it London, USA, Singapore, or the North Pole, every one of us has a bucket list of places we want to visit in this life. Have you ever found yourself wondering how it would feel to be a student of Hogwarts and try your hand at Witchcraft and Wizardry? Or maybe find out how it feels to reach the centre of the earth? The beauty of fiction is that it makes everything seem real. It enables you to weave an almost tangible image in your mind. Here are seven places I came across in fiction, but I ardently wish were real:
7. The Faraway Tree
The books of the Faraway Tree series are the highlight of my childhood. Written by Enid Blyton, this series is about Jo, Bessie and Fanny discovering a tree with branches reaching the top of the clouds. The tree has several houses built in it. These children befriend the inhabitants of these houses and soon discover a ladder on the top of the tree that takes them to a magical land. This land changes frequently, and they have to leave the land before the next one comes to take its place, or they would get stuck on it. These lands include the land of birthdays, the land of goodies, and can be as bad as the land of dame-slap (a school teacher who believed in beating children up). These books are extremely well written and I suggest that you grab a copy if you haven’t read them already!
I was baffled by the extent of Jonathan Swift’s imagination when I read this journey of Lemuel Gulliver. Reading about Gulliver, and then watching its movie adaptation made me want to visit the land of Lilliputians even more. This island, Lilliput, has a population of tiny people about 6 inches tall. But, they what they lacked in size, they compensated through their personalities. They not only managed to capture Gulliver, but also to help him out when the need arose.
c is a small town created by the author Sara Shepard, based on the real town of Rosemont. The same town is also featured in the television series by the same name. If a place full of suspense, mystique and enigma are your idea of fun, this should be your dream vacation destination. With a population of 7989 people, the people in this town have their fair share of secrets and lies. It is about unveiling the mystery of how Alison DiLaurentis, a popular high school student (the ‘queen bee’) was murdered.
4. Alice’s Wonderland
It is impossible to outgrow the book ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Lewis Carroll has weaved this story beautifully. It captures the fantasy of any person who reads this. The best (or the worst) part of this book is that the wonderland is a figment of Alice’s imagination as well. Her squeezing through the rabbit hole, swimming in the pool brimming with tears, or the potion that makes her grow enormous, every incident in the wonderland is difficult to imagine and predict. The palace is vividly described, and the reader conjures a mental image of Alice’s surroundings just by the way everything is explained. All in all, this book makes a very interesting read, and we end up feeling sorry for Alice since this wonderland was a part of her dream.
3. The Emerald City
A key part of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ series, this city is the official capital of the Land of Oz. When a little girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto are swept by a cyclone from Kansas to the land of Oz, this journey begins. The Emerald City is told to be situated at the very end of the Oz’s famous Yellow Brick Road. The city is also said to be located in the exact center of the land. The City of Emeralds is surrounded by an extremely high wall. This wall is described to be built with green marble, polished smooth and encrusted with giant sparkling emeralds, hence giving rise to the name ‘The Emerald City.’ The architecture of the city has been described in fine detail, and it makes the readers wish that the city was real!
2. Peter Pan’s Neverland
Featuring in J.M. Barrie’s work, this is used metaphorically for the land where people never grow up, or the land of eternal childhood, a state we all wish to be in, to escape what happens in the real world. It is the place where Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys lived. Since this place is found in the minds of children, the place is described as a colorful island with multiple suns and moons!
1. The magical world of Harry Potter
Yes, I saved the best for the last. This is a world I would love to explore. From Hogwarts to Hogsmeade, this magical world created by J.K. Rowling leaves me spellbound (pun intended). Whenever I pick up a Harry Potter book, I forget that it is fiction. It leaves me enamored. Whether it is playing Quidditch, or buying books from the Diagon Alley, I would like to be a part of this world, even if it is an alternate universe. Hogsmeade, the only wizarding village in Britain has been described as a picturesque little village of cottages and shops, a place anyone would love to village. Getting to board the Hogwarts Express and study at the Hogwarts School would be worth enduring the wrath of Professor Snape!
These were a few places which I think are the wonders of the fictional world. So, the next time you pick up a good book, enjoy yourself being transported to the virtual world that they create, the journey will leave you energized.