Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (as always, hosted by the inimitable Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl) is all about that bass. And by “that bass,” I mean locations. They are basically the same thing, you know? No? Okay then.
Anyway, the choice today was split between the top ten worlds you’d love to live in, or the top ten worlds you’d hate to live in. Being who I am, I figured I’d go for broke and choose the (to me) more interesting of the two – the top ten worlds I’d least like to live in. There is nothing particularly glamorous about this topic, so let’s just jump right in, shall we?
- Any book involving Jack the Ripper. Whether this is Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, or anything in between – if the book is about finding, catching or otherwise detaining Jack the Ripper, I want to be far, far away from that mess.
- The Diviners universe. I love, love this series. Love it. But can you imagine how terrifying it would be to live in a place where serial killer ghosts are murdering your neighbors and your friends and loved ones are falling into a random sleeping sickness? This universe is so beautiful and cool and set in the 1920s and flappers and speakeasies and I am obsessed but there is just way, way too much creepy shit happening in this place.
- Panem. The Hunger Games continent of Panem might seem decent on the surface, but similar to Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, I am not comfortable living in a place where I am terrified my life will be cut short any second now due to random chance – my luck was never the strongest in the first place!
- America in Neal Schusterman’s Unwind series. Another one that I just love, but the entire concept behind Unwind is pretty deeply unsettling if you stop to think about it – parents being able to choose to essentially “abort” their children once they are teenagers? I might be well outside the range of my parents being able to unwind me – and I was planned as far as I know – but still, I would have gone to school with kids who were on the chopping block and ugh.
- Westeros. All of it. I shouldn’t really have to explain this one, y’all. Wherever you are, you’re gonna die. I would hide on the wall with Sam and read books and make cute chubby babies but we’d still somehow manage to die.
- America in Gregory Scott Katsoulis’s All Rights Reserved series. This series doesn’t get enough love, but in Katsoulis’s dystopian America, you are charged a micro transaction fee for every word you speak unless it’s sponsored, or a “free” word. Our main character Speth (poor people get assigned “ugly” names) chooses to turn down her right to speech when she ages up to the working class, which starts a catastrophic landslide of bad events. Any America where I can’t say what I want when I want of my own volition is terrifying, but this world is straight-up horrific.
- The World of The Giver. I can appreciate a world where there is no sadness or anger, hunger or greed. But this comes at the price of having no emotion at all: no happiness, no joy. And the world is literally black and white. I just can’t imagine the unbearable blandness living in this world must bring – then again, bored is an emotion so maybe everyone who lives there knows no different.
- Derry. Stephen King has more than one book written in this fictional town, so I can’t just say IT, but by “Derry,” I really mean IT. Because come on, there is a killer clown demon nightmare fuel monster in your sewers kidnapping your children and making them have weird sewer orgies. None of this is okay. Who would live here on purpose?
- Republic of Gilead. For anyone who has read – or even watched – The Handmaid’s Tale, this should be obvious. But being a female living in this dystopian post-America society is straight-up horrific, and I can’t imagine living like this, belonging to someone so desperately, being Ofsteve of whatever my nonexistent husband’s name is. And this one out of all the others on this list is the one that’s most likely to happen. How terrifying is that? No thanks.
- America in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. Again, this is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t have to be explained, but a life where the only escape from the drudgery of my existence living in a “about to fall over any second” skyscraper made of trailers is a VR headset is no life for me. I love video games, I play them just about every day, but there’s a line in the sand you have to draw to keep it from overtaking your life and this book goes way, way beyond that.
What do you think of my list? Got any to add, or a link to your own? Let me know down below!