I have loved diving into fictional worlds ever since I was a little girl reading bedtime books and falling asleep to dream about fairy tales and far away lands. In fact, I still frequently fall asleep with a book in my hand, and occasionally I still dream about fairy tales and far away lands. Sometimes a fictional world seems intriguing because of its beauty and mystery, other times it is tantalizing because the setting is so different from our own familiar environment & lifestyle, and sometimes the setting is familiar and common but the characters who populate a particular world make it sound irresistibly fun.
As a kid, I would have loved to spend a week with the March sisters in Little Women. I wanted to meet a mouse like Ralph in The Mouse and the Motorcycle books. I wanted to make friends with a pig like Wilbur & spend my days on the Zuckerman’s farm like Fern in Charlotte’s Web. I loved the idea of having eleven siblings like the Gilbreth children in Cheaper by the Dozen. And the concept of hanging out with Mary Anne and Dawn from the Babysitter’s Club books or Elizabeth Wakefield from the Sweet Valley Twins books sounded like so much fun. As a teen, I fell in love with romantic classics like Jane Austen’s novels, Edith Wharton’s books, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novels, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. Ignoring the lack of indoor plumbing and modern medicine, I loved the idea of spending time in any of those worlds. These days, I read a lot of fantasy and paranormal novels, and I’m intrigued by the idea of worlds filled with Shadowhunters, graced warriors, and faerie princes.
What fictional worlds appeal to you? What world would you have loved to spend a week in as a kid? Are there particular characters you’d love to spend a week with, or is there a certain time period or setting that you’d love to explore? Would a week be long enough? Too long?