Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In.
It was hard getting to 10, so I had to switch it up a bit. First off, five fantasy worlds that are fun to read about, but not great if you actually have to live there:
1) Arrakis (Dune series by Frank Herbert): Giant sandworms. Need I say more?
2) Westeros (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin): There’s a pretty good chance of ending up dead, tortured, or mutilated. And/or watching everyone you love — including your pets — end up dead, tortured, or mutilated. And if you somehow survive all that, there’s still a bunch of white walkers to deal with. No thanks.
3) Mordor (Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien): I wouldn’t mind hanging out in most of Middle Earth, but I’ll pass on a voyage to Mordor.
4) Panem (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins): Televised slaughter of children. Nope. (But I think I would really rock the bow-and-arrow look.)
5) The Muggle world (Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling): I believe in the world of Harry Potter, but sadly, I think I should stop expecting an owl to drop off my Hogwarts acceptance letter — and what could be more depressing than living life as a Muggle when all the cool folks are playing Quidditch and drinking butterbeer?
For the next five, five different versions of life on Earth, post-catastrophe. I hope I’m not around for any of these:
6) Earth after the moon is hit by an asteroid, in The Last Survivors series by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
7) Earth after the alien invasion, in The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.
8) Earth after the supervolcano eruption, in the Ashfall series by Mike Mullin.
9) Earth after the “gendercide”, in Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
10) Earth after the slowing, in The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
(I guess if “Top 10 Fictional Apocalypses” is ever a topic of the week, I’ll be in good shape!)
Okay, made it to 10 just barely! What fictional worlds would you never want to live in?
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