I’m a bit late to the party with my last two posts of Armchair BEA, as I’ve been spending my weekend with some good friends from out of town. Time to play catch-up!
Today we’ll talk about surviving fictional worlds. We all know that sometimes, the worlds we love in fiction can be dangerous. Which fictional worlds would you want to live in? Which worlds do you never want to dive into? Which worlds are you content to stay behind the glass, so to speak, rather than wishing to dive through the page? And once you get there, what would you do?
There are so many wonderful fictional worlds, some of which I’d like to visit more than others. I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, and most of the worlds I encounter there are incredibly dangerous. However, I wouldn’t mind vacationing in the world of Kushiel’s Dart, which is set in an alternate world created by a fallen angel whose sole commandment is to “Love as thou wilt.” The entire culture there seems so exuberant and full of life. Yes, there are a lot of scheming politicians, but I live in the DC area, so it wouldn’t be that big of a change.
Now, in terms of worlds to stay away far from… Well, any of the irrational worlds created by mastermind and evil genius JM Guillen. His books are phenomenal, but you have to beware of tentacle monsters and otherdimensional beings. I don’t think I’d stand much of a chance against them.
One of the things I like about exploring fictional worlds is that they make me so much happier to be living here and now. I’m really quite lucky–I’m living in a time where women have rights, it’s not illegal for my SO and I to be together, and we’ve got the internet and indoor plumbing. Despite it’s problems, the 21st century is a pretty sweet deal.
Overall, I enjoyed Armchair BEA tremendously. It was great to meet so many other bloggers like Rhoda K, Lory @ Emerald City Book Review, Chrissy, and all of the rest of you! Being able to participate in this event was the one thing that kept me from being utterly distraught that I wasn’t in Chicago this week. Thank you all so much!