Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Top 10 Settings from Literature

Question: Top 10 Settings from Literature

Answer: We've been looking forward to this week’s question for quite some time, although, to force us to stick with only 10 seems almost cruel. Nonetheless, below are our most desirable settings from literature.

1. Shire and Rivendell (The Hobbit) – There are several places in Middle Earth that we’d sign up to explore but these 2 stand at the top of our list.

2. Willy Wonka’s Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) – Further commentary defending this choice seems entirely unnecessary.

3. Hogwarts (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) – It would be a dream to wander around the grounds and explore every nook and cranny of the castle. If only we could get our hands on a Kwikspell correspondence course to help unlock some of the secret passages...

4. Pemberley (Pride and Prejudice) – We’re suckers for the English countryside... Sadly, we’re unable to speak from firsthand experience. Hanging out at the Darcy family estate would be an ideal place to cut our teeth.

5. Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia) – No specific place, just all of Narnia. We wouldn’t need a guide or anything like that, just about a month or two. And ideally we’d get there through the wardrobe.

6. Terabithia (The Bridge to Terabithia) – We’d love to explore the woods that Jesse and Leslie claimed as their secret kingdom.

7. Cemetery of Unforgotten Books (The Shadow of the Wind) – This is kind of a no brainer – and of course we’d want to select a book. Actually, all of Barcelona is described with such beauty that we’d love to hang out in the city for a few days.

8. Cliffs of Insanity (The Princess Bride) – How neat would it be to set out a picnic blanket 2 – 3 feet from the edge and just gaze out over the cove and Florin countryside.

9. The Secret Garden (The Secret Garden) – What a treat it would be to wander around these grounds after Mary, Dickon, and Collin made their improvements.

10. Kingsbridge Cathedral (The Pillars of the Earth) – Minus all the drama, this cathedral would have been a sight to see. Between Tom and Jack, these two characters really knew what they were doing and Ken Follett really knew how to describe their work...

Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


  1. Ha ha yes the chocolate factory! I could totally spend some time there.

  2. Yum...I suddenly have an intense craving for chocolate :D

  3. I love the secret garden! As a little kid I always imagined finding a secret garden of my own.

  4. Oh The Secret Garden! Love that one. And I was trying to think of some place in The Princess Bride that I'd like to visit, but they all seemed too dire. Even the cliffs! :)

  5. The Cemetery of Unforgotten Books! Yes!

  6. Oh the Chocolate Factory! That would be my dream home, lol, filled with all the Oopma Loompas. Love those little guys! Love the Secret Garden...your list is awesome!!

  7. The Choclate Factory is a grand idea.

    My top ten Tuesday is here.

  8. Inside the giant peach! How cozy. How quaint. How probably sticky.

  9. Great choices. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Definitely. :)

    Pemberly. Yes. Big sigh.

  10. The Secret Garden is on my list as well. I think it would be beautiful.

    You're the second person to have the Cemetery of Forgotten Books on your list -- now I have to learn more about the book! :)

    Ah, the Cliffs of Insanity. I'll bring the tea set.

  11. I deliberately left out Hogwarts and Middle Earth, but if I had been allowed more than ten choices, they would both have been on the list (I guess no one would arrest me for making a top twelve list, but I always follow the rules). The chocolate factory made it though. :)

  12. Absolutely on the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl is the master of child fantasy settings.

    Check out my list here

  13. I think I must read Shadow of the Wind. It sounds wonderful. I think that Willy Wonka's factory would be a hoot, too.

  14. I think I would add Manderly from Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier. spooky, but a dominant presence. thanks for the post.