Losing myself in the wonderful worlds described in books is one of my favourite things. To escape from whatever else is going on in my life, or the world, is a marvelous thing and the fact that mere books and words can transport us is just extraordinary. I don’t think it’ll ever get old! So when I spotted a fictional bucket list post on Holly Pocket’s blog I filed it away in my brain to one day write for myself, what better way to celebrate the wonderful stories I have read and loved? so after a year of meaning to write this post, let’s dive straight in to fictional worlds I wish I could visit, things I could experience and stories I wish I’d been a part of.
- Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – Does this really need any explanation? Can you even imagine how cool that would be? I would love exploring the castle, experiencing the amazing lessons, chatting over mugs of cocoa in the cosy Common Room, exploring the amazing library, cheering the quidditch team on, seeing that enchanted ceiling in the Great Hall and being a part of all the camaraderie in the dormitories. Never mind the death and evil wizards – it would be epic!
- Exploring the Secret Garden – stumbling across that sealed door, finding the hidden garden and exploring every inch of that lush greenery would be pretty cool wouldn’t it. I’m sure I could while away a few hours of reading in a corner, climbing trees or flying on the swing.
- Attending Delderton School from Eva Ibbotson’s glorious The Dragonfly Pool – living in that amazing school, with an eclectic mix of kids and teachers learning exactly what you wanted sounds pretty awesome to me!
- Experiencing 19th Century Britain in one of Jane Austen’s novels is a dream. To visit the fancy houses, take part in the dances and try to decipher what people mean when they don’t talk straight is all part of the joy or Persuasion. Granted I’d be bored of the life after a week or so, but giving it a whirl would be awesome.
- The Burrow – the bustling, loud, wondrous home of the Weasley’s always sounded so amazing. To be in such a warm bubble of family and have my name on that clock – the dream!
- 17 Cherry Tree Lane – Can I meet Mary Poppins, sing Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious and feed the birds please? Oh and I want to meet the twins, see Mary Poppins scare off Mr Banks’ old nanny and get stuck to the ceiling. Pretty please?
- I’d love to sit around the fire with Marmee and the other March sisters just knitting and talking and reading. Oh and singing carols.
- Anywhere with John Thornton – North and South’s John Thornton is my all-time favourite hero and to have been anywhere with him would be the top of the fictional bucket list. be it the mill, Helstone or London. I would have no issues at all.
- The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll‘s freezer always sounded such fun, after all when else can you play tennis with chips and peas?
- Can someone take me flying in the giant peach please? I want to make amazing (yet weird) friends as I travel via a peach to New York. Who wouldn’t want that?
- Does anyone else want to meet Peeta, Katniss, Effie, Gale and Haymitch? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be involved in the Hunger Games though, please don’t make me do that.
- I think I could be best friends with Anne Elliott from the best Austen novel of all time, Persuasion. She seems like such a nice, loyal, friendly person can we meet please.
- Narnia always seemed like an amazing world to discover, from the snow-covered forest, to the sumptuous forests. And it would be fun to frolic around with Mr. Tumnus, wouldn’t it!
- Can I visit the world of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights too? Meeting the witches, discovering my very own Daemon and seeing the polar bears. Dream-worthy!
What about you, what would be on top of your fictional bucket list?