Living in a Fantasy World

Have you ever read a fantasy novel and thought to yourself, “I’d love to live there!”  I have, but I think most fantasy worlds would be terrible to live in.

Westeros

The main continent of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin is the hot topic these days with the Game of Thrones TV series being very popular.  But is it a good place to live or even visit?  This is pretty obvious. It’s a war zone.  Everywhere you go is unsafe.  People are getting killed all the time, and there doesn’t seem to be any single place you can live in peace.  Would I want to live there?  Not a chance.  Would I like to visit?  Maybe in peacetime.

The Four Lands

This is the main setting for Terry Brooks’ Shannara series of novels.  It’s a pretty standard fantasy world with elves, dwarves, and magic.  It seems quite fantastic.  I’d love to visit the Ellcrys in Arborlon, the city of Kern, and run around in Leah.  Shady Vale is a nice, peaceful place.  But would I want to live there?  Probably not.  Throughout the novels, some pretty bad things happen, and pretty much no one is safe during those times.  Visit, yes.  Live, no.

Pern

Okay, so Anne McCaffrey’s Pern is technically a science fiction world, but with the lack of technology due to low resources and the abundance of dragons, it’s very fantasy-like.  So, I will include this world.  Some of the engineering feats seem incredibly fascinating to me.  The Holds are built into mountains, and I’d love to explore around them.  The Weyrs are incredibly interesting.  I’d also love to see them.  I want to see the dragons, too.  This would be an amazing place to visit.  But would I want to live there?  Actually, yes.  I know life can be difficult, especially during threadfall, but the society there is fascinating to me.  I’d get into some kind of Crafthall and study, hopefully becoming a Master.  Living in a Weyr could be interesting, too.

So, there we have it.  Westeros is no on both living and visiting.  Awful place, even though I can’t seem to stop reading it.  The Four Lands are a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.  Pern would be a very interesting place to live and visit.

How about you?  What is a fantasy world you’d love to live in?  How about one you’d never want to visit?  Or one you’d like to visit, but not live?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

19 thoughts on “Living in a Fantasy World”

  1. I think I’d like to experience, but not necessarily live in, worlds based on Lovecraft or Robert E. Howard’s Conan series.

  2. I don’t think I’d go for most European-style fantasy worlds just because of the overabundance of old-timey standards. Maybe an anime fantasy world — if I can think of one that’s not ridiculously deadly…

  3. I think there are a lot of fantasy worlds in which I’d like to live (or at least visit) either before or after the novel started – but not during it!

    Maybe that’s the way a lot of fantasy works, though: ‘Here is a world, and characters, that you love enough to want to see them survive without being too mangled by the end of the book.’ And when you love them like that, of course part of you wants to visit.

  4. I view Fantasy worlds like history. They maybe nice to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. I must admit, Rivendale or the Shire would be awesome. But only if they have indoor plumbing.

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