Thursday, June 10, 2010

Imaginary Places

I enjoy books that have an entirely different world than the one we live in. Sometimes, often, there are options about getting into that world. Once in awhile, the world just exists, as if there were no other world.

I have just finished reading The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien again. It takes place in a wonderful place called Middle-earth. Besides having unusual creatures such as Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Ents, etc., there is sheer beauty dealing with heraldry, brave soldiers and many "walking tours" through the book. There is so much lush scenery described that it makes one pant to see it all. And what could be more homey and wonderful than The Shire?

Another great imagined land is Narnia whose Chronicles by C.S. Lewis take 7 books to fully explore. It also includes mythical creatures and has great beauty in the deserts, woods, lakes and even white winter of the stories.

In Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie, there is a place called Neverland. Peter and Wendy have made it their home through most of the book. There are lagoons, secret hideaways underground, and a pirate ship. Oh, to leave that tall window and fly away to such a fantastic place.

Then there is Alice In Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, where Alice experiences one strange happening after another. There are witty incidents at every turn and funny creatures galore.

I have always liked these books ever since I first read them (and I read them over and over.) I also enjoy the movies and plays that have been produced from them. I wonder why I am so drawn to imaginary lands. Some of these stories have deep meanings. Some seem to be just silly or fun. Still, it is the places I can't get to that make me yearn to go.

Do you have a favorite imaginary world? Can you tell me why you like it best? I love all of mine. Because they are so different, I can't pick just one.


  1. I like the "getaway" from reality too. I love movies for the same reason. 2 hours totally absorbed in another place. Probably why I love sci-fi so much. :O)

  2. All of yours are great examples of fantasy worlds.

    My favorite remains Narnia. I love the allegorical characters and story. I never tire of it!

    I also enjoy Beatrix Potter stories, where the animals talk, and most learn lessons about obedience, trust, and respect. The whimsical setting makes the lesson palatable for kids.

  3. It's funny but I don't like any of those kind of books. I read contemporay mostly--guess I am just too realistic!!LOL

  4. Hi Nancy -

    With rare exception (Kerry Nietz & David Gregory), I steer clear of fantasy worlds. Even though I'm writing futuristic fiction, the stories are in real settings, and you won't find an alien in sight.

    Susan :)

  5. I don't read fantasy 'cause my brain can't keep up with the details! lol But I do enjoy different worlds when there's less world building for me to process.

  6. You really can't beat Narnia, I think. From its wonky time system (a la in "conjunction" with ours) to its marvelous lessons it's a whole slew of historical adventures all in one.
    But my heart will always remain in the Neverland. Well... there is another place sort of like it, actually. There's a book out that's based on Barrie's own idea for more Pan... Click!

    Yea! Fantasy!