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#MicroblogMondays 148: Alice

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I’m on the mailing list for Oxford’s Story Museum, and I’m jealous of everyone who lives nearby and can participate in their Alice’s Day next week.  (Side note: Charles Dodgson started telling Alice the story on July 4, 1862.)

In my gaming club (like a book club, except for interactive fiction games), we were recently talking about the length of games.  I love Alice in Wonderland and could play in that world for an infinite amount of time.  Same with Middle Earth and Narnia.  (All Oxford connections!)  And Hogwarts.  (Close enough!)  Fillory.  (Finally, an American!)  Everything else, I probably need a cap of two hours.

Let’s say someone could take any fictional world and produce an infinite amount of quality work set in that world.  Which world would you spend an infinite amount of time exploring?


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1 Jivf { 06.26.17 at 8:54 am }

Hogwarts, for sure. Hogsmeade, the Ministry, or St Mungos — all fascinating. I’ll even take the Burrow if all else is off limits!

2 Jill A. { 06.26.17 at 10:37 am }

Right off the bat, there are two I would love to get lost in. Robert Heinlein’s Lazarus Long world and Sharon Lee/Steve Miller’s Liaden Universe. Space ships, many worlds, magic, science, great characters. Peter F. Hamilton’s Commonwealth is another world I would love to explore.

3 Lori Lavender Luz { 06.26.17 at 11:23 am }

Oooh, good question. Most of my memorable favorites are dystopian, so I have to really think about this.

Maybe Xanth? Piers Anthony is a fantasy writer I was into awhile back. And, of course, Narnia.

4 Traci York { 06.26.17 at 12:50 pm }

Right off the top of my head, I’d say the Dresden Files universe. Once my brain wakes up (yes, it’s after noon, but someone decided to sleep in, even though I got up at 7am) I might be back with more.

5 Rennata { 06.26.17 at 12:51 pm }

Thank you! I love this idea, I think it will help me get back home.

6 Lori Shandle-Fox { 06.26.17 at 12:54 pm }

It’s funny how in only a minute or two I went from Oz (maybe too scary) to Jane Austen (couldn’t handle the corsets) to settling on the chocolate factory. Yeah, I think I would stay a while in Willy Wonka land. xo

7 Ashley { 06.26.17 at 2:59 pm }

I agree, Hogwarts in a land to spend hours and hours exploring. Being a history buff, I’d love to spend countless hours with Laura Ingalls Wilder and Anne of Green Gables. Sure, those places exist in real life, but they don’t exist the same way they did for the characters during the story time of the book(s). Also, it would be great to experience it with the character, even if only electronically.

8 Jess { 06.26.17 at 10:10 pm }

Oooh, that sounds fun. I agree with those who say Hogwarts. Also, Henrietta and Cabeswater from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (I’m sort of obsessed right now). I was so sad when that ended because I loved living in that world. We just played a game, although a board game, that’s “Cthulu: The Awakening” or something like that, and you’re investigators trying to close gates and defeat cultists and Shoggoths and prevent the awakening of the Old Ones…it was ridiculously fun. Although not a world I’d want to live in for an extended time, nightmares galore! 🙂

9 Mary Francis { 06.27.17 at 4:00 am }

Terry Pratchett’s Disc World for sure! If you’ve never been there, and want a wizard writer who’s even better than the lovely JKR, start with, ‘ ‘The Colour of Magic’

10 Inexplicably Missing { 06.27.17 at 6:56 am }

I haven’t ever heard of this idea before of playing in a fiction world… but I am so into the idea of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass for a world to explore and play in. I also think most of the worlds created by Roald Dahl would be well worth a visit, I adored his books as a kid.

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