Monday, 1 April 2013

Wildwood Blog Tour: My Favourite Fantasy Lands!

Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis was published in paperback in the UK on March 7th and here's a summary from Amazon to tell you what it's all about:

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, Prue McKeel begins an adventure that will take her and her friend Curtis way beyond her hometown and deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval, a world full of warring creatures, peace-loving mystics and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. What begins as a rescue mission becomes something much bigger as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood. Wildwood is a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger and magic.

So, because Wildwood is about fantasy and fantastical lands, and because I love stories and worlds like this, I've compiled a list of my favourite fantasy lands. I'd love to visit or live in every one of these places, especially Middle-earth!


My Favourite Fantasy Lands

  • Middle-earth

I've been a bit obsessed with Middle-earth and its many inhabitants ever since I first watched Lord of the Rings in 2001, aged fourteen. Twelve years later I still want to live there, meet Bilbo and Frodo and make smoke-ring ships with Gandalf (even though I don't smoke, it looks cool to do that while looking out over the Shire). I'd probably even agree to help them in their quest to destroy the One Ring, though I'd prefer a role that doesn't involve giant spiders. To me, Middle-earth is the best fantasy location, and I get a magical feeling every time I revisit it, whether it be in book or movie form. Also, I REALLY want to live in a Hobbit-hole. My LEGO replica just isn't good enough.

  •  Narnia
Narnia comes *very* close to Middle-earth in terms of my favourite places, but Tolkien just beats Lewis on this one. Narnia is another one of those places that I often wish I could live in, and I'll even admit to wandering into my parents' wardrobe every now and then. Sadly it never took me anywhere, but I can hope. Narnia is so magical, it's a place where hope and good prevails and a place where fauns and centaurs are as common as dogs and cats. I'd have no problem going there for a few adventures!

  • Hogwarts
Do I even need to explain this one? I know it's not a fantasy land as such, but it's a place, so I'm including it here. Who hasn't, at one point in their life, wished really hard that they would get a letter from Hogwarts? To love at the most amazing boarding school in the world, meet friends like Harry, Ron and Hermione and learn how to be a wizard sounds A-MA-ZING. Of course there is the little problem of You-Know-Who flitting around and causing trouble, but I could live with that (I think). Also I'm not ashamed to admit I think Snape is one of the hottest teachers ever. It's the cloak.

  • Wonderland
I think Wonderland would be cool to visit and have an adventure, but I'm not sure I'd want to stay there forever like I would with the places I've already mentioned. I'd like to meet the Mad Hatter (especially if he was actually Johnny Depp) and the Caterpillar, and obviously the White Rabbit would be on my list of creatures to track down. Despite all that, I wouldn't like to stay in Wonderland forever - it's a bit too dark for my liking!

Which fantasy places would you live to visit or relocate to? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to pick up a copy of Wildwood!

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