Thursday, October 28, 2010

Stepping through the wardrobe

This week an old friend of mine was asking for vacation ideas. Quite casually, and for no reason I could think of at the time, I suggested she visit Prince Edward Island.

She quickly responded that Anne of Green Gables was her favorite book, favorite movie, and favorite source of fun phrases like "bosom friend."

It is quite amusing to say. "Bosom friend." Yep, still fun.

Our conversation got me thinking: If I could visit any location from literature, where would it be, and why?

To this question I added some rules; otherwise I'd be imagining myself on some futuristic alien planet with robots and blue people. (We'll save that for a future post.) So my rules were:

  1. The location must be found in a book.
  2. It can be any time period from past to present.
  3. It must be on this planet.
  4. It can be rooted in fiction, but the general setting must be real.
    (Atlantis doesn't count. Hogwarts is stretching it. Watership Down is fine.)

My personal answer came easy: Victorian England. It's the era of Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper, Great Expectations, Wuthering Heights, plenty of clever authors, and many more amazing stories, be they real or fiction.

Plus, there was running water, a sewer system, and various other creature comforts that, quite honestly, I don't think I could live long without, even if I was just visiting. (Yes, I'm a pragmatic time traveler.)

What about you? Using the 4 rules above, where would you go from literature, and why?

1 comment:

  1. Doesn Middle Earth count? I'd be fine with visiting New Zealand.