Tuesday 7 June 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Settings In Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish which I am taking part in. 

In my opinion some locations are magical because of the novel itself, yet some locations actually enable a wide and varied type of novel. I have therefore mixed between specific locations from a novel and more generic places from various sources for my listing below;

The Shire - The Hobbit & Lord of The Rings by JRR Tolkien
A small village with peace, tranquillity and people with hairier feet than me. The green and rolling hills speaks of a quiet and pleasant life that I think most people would enjoy.

Makkathran - The Void Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton
This city is full of canals, bridges and amazing buildings designed for non human life. It seems such a magical place, especially as the city is actually alive and can move and alter it's shape to serve those who can control it.

Discworld - Discworld Novels by Terry Pratchett
Discworld is at times nothing like our own world, but there is so much there that is familiar. It is full of magical characters and amazing locations, a really vivid and exciting place.

USS Enterprise - Star Trek Novels by Various
This ship has it is all, transporters, endless decks, pulsing engine rooms and a heroic crew. The fact that both the novels and the various Tv shows can spend so much time on this ship without it getting dull is a testament to the location and the people there.

Baskerville Hall - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Now I have to admit that I love Baskerville Hall in part because of an outdoor play I saw when I was young which left a lasting impression on my mind. However, the dark and gloomy setting in the foggy moors is superbly portrayed in the novel and fits in well with the demonic hound that seems to prowl the area.

The Chocolate Factory - Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
A chocolate factory full of chocolate lakes and many other magical sweet related things. How could anyone not be impressed with such a superb place and the adventures that could be had there.

Hogwarts - Harry Potter Novels by JK Rowling
I suspect this will pop up on many other lists as I think most people would love to go to school at such a superb location. Even if you ignore the magical aspects to the story, Hogwarts is an large and beautiful building that people could probably spend a life time exploring.

Tabb High - Final Friends Trilogy by Christopher Pike
When I was a teenager I always wished I could go to Tabb High as I imagined it as some sort of Nirvana of a school. As someone who went to a small British High School this large place with it varied social groups who seemed to get on relatively well seemed like a whole amazing and interesting community in its own right.

Victorian London - Various Novels
The colours, smells and darkness that pervade this city helps create some amazing stories. I also always enjoy looking at the city with a modern eye and seeing the issues hidden behind the scenes.

Mars - Various Novels
A planet that is not our own but yet it is so close to Earth that the stories created there can explore so many possibilities. The bleakness is some novels is contrasted with the green terraforming of others, Mars has so much to offer a Sci-Fi author.


  1. Can't believe I forgot the chocolate factory!! I used to dream of getting the chance to visit it as a kid, how amazing would that be!

  2. Mars is a good call! I was thinking from the Red Mars series. What a cool place.

  3. The Chocolate Fcatory is a great choice...I bet real ones aren't nearly as exciting to visit.

  4. Kayleigh/Ellie,

    Chocolate Factory is superb and probably nothing like a real one. We can all dream though!


    The Red Mars Series was actually the one I was thinking about when I first thought about using Mars.

  5. Ah the chocolate factory! Awrsome setting, totally forgot about that one

  6. I would love to see Baskerville Hall! Great choice, i didn't even think of that one.

  7. Great settings!

    I covered almost every place, I think!

    Here is my Top Ten post!

  8. The chocolate factory would indeed be a fantastic place to visit.