Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings
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Personally, I find world building to be one of the toughest challenges as a writer, but I don’t think it often gets the recognition it deserves. It’s easy to go starry eyed for the romantic hero or the kick ass female lead or vice versa, but I think it’s world-building that pushes a story from good to great. Here are some of my favourites.
10. Middle Earth of Lord of the Rings
I don’t think I could call myself a fantasy lover if I didn’t include this on the list. Tolkien created a whole language for goodness sake. And he wrote songs in that language. For PAGES guys. PAGES. Like there is a whole bunch of freaking history and language that just wasn’t included in the actual books. I don’t even understand the depth of this world.
9. Future Earth of the MaddAdam trilogy
You’ll find world building at its best in Atwood’s MaddAdam trilogy. This world that is like our world but not quite yet. It’s like looking into our future. A very scary future that I would like to avoid, thank you very much so stop mucking around people!
8. Thisby of The Scorpio Races
I love the island in The Scorpio Races. I love the races themselves and the tradition and the history that is behind it. I love the food and the people and just everything about this setting. “Rich” is an understatement when it comes to the setting of The Scorpio Races.
7. South America in Wanderlove
You might as well be travelling with Bria in this book, tasting the food and sitting in a rocking wagon with a dozen other sweating travellers. It’s the cheapest travelling I’ve ever done!
6. World of Girl of Fire and Thorns
Whether its in the capital city or out in the desert, the world Rae Carson has so expertly created serves as a beautiful back drop for a compelling and original story. It’s not one to be missed for the fantasy fans!
5. Prague of Daughter of Smoke and Bone
The setting of this book is what really pushes it over the edge for me because in all honesty the romance isn’t that compelling and falls under most of the paranormal romance tropes, but that setting… that beautiful, beautiful setting. Breathtaking.
4. Ravka of Shadow and Bone
People, not only is the world building supermegaawesomefoxyhot and have its own lingo and characters who are shaped by their surrounding and ALL THE THINGS that good world-building should have, but also that world building actually has an IMPACT on the PLOT and VICE VERSA. You do not even KNOW how excited this makes me. IT MAKES ME WANT TO USE ALL THE CAPSLOCK YOU GUYS. ALL. THE. CAPSLOCK.
This is my first home away from home to be honest. Like Tortall doesn’t just exist in the books. It’s a part of me. It…just…is.
2. New Beijing from Cinder
The opening sequence of Cinder has to be one of the sweetest things ever. I love market scenes, and this market scene is the market scene to beat all market scenes. Not to mention the whole history and cyborg situation of life and Lunars vs Commonwealth and the technology and I just love it you guys. One day I will dance in Kai’s ballroom, okay?
1. Wizarding World of Harry Potter
This is a real place and no one can convince me otherwise. I freaking went there, okay. It’s real. IT. IS REAL. PROOF:
Sob sob sob I miss it so much you guys!!! kjdfaj;lsdkfj;al
Yes, I know. I didn’t include Narnia. I gave you Middle Earth; what more do you want from me? I also want to give a shout out to the Beautiful Creatures series which also has a fantastic setting.