Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the folks at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In

10. I think the most obvious world that comes to mind is Westeros, from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.  Goodness me, the mortality rate in that world is OFF THE CHARTS.  I don't know how anyone is still alive in that world, after all the wars that have gone on.

9. Panam from Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series is a pretty obvious one too.  Any world that sanctions violence against children is bad bad bad bad bad bad bad.

8. As a woman, and, frankly, as a human being, Margaret Atwood's (mostly?) fictional world in The Handmaid's Tale is about as frightening as it gets.  *shudders*

7. Wonderland, from in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  I really like rational people, and am a huge fan of logic.  That world would about do me in.

6. U.S.A., as seen in Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave.  Alien invasions are so not my thing, neither in reality nor in fiction, as it turns out.  (Review coming soon.)

5. The world from P.D. James' The Children of Men.  I can only imagine watching the human race go extinct, not from war, aliens, robots, or anything like that, but from infertility.  If you haven't read this book, READ IT.  It's creepy, disturbing, thoughtful, but hopeful.  (Still, I'm glad not to live there.)

4. The dystopic world in Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden series.  Seeing as I'm 29, the whole dying at 20 thing is pretty big turn off.  

3. Let's just go ahead and put all the other dystopia worlds here.  They're fun to read about, not so fun to live in.

2. In no circumstances whatsoever would I like to live on the Pequod, the whaling ship run by a mad captain in Melville's Moby Dick.  If I could escape the ship and live on land somewhere, it wouldn't be so bad.  But the ship itself sounds dangerous, smelly, exhausting, extremely unfulfilling, and full of really bad food.

1. Alderaan.  (The planet the death star destroys in Star Wars.)  Apparently I'm just a really big fan of living.

This was fun to put together, since I think most people think of fictional places they'd like to live (Hogwarts!  Narnia!  Chocolate planet!) rather than places they wouldn't.  So, where would you NOT go?


  1. Any Dickens novel. I love him as a writer but good heck, those are some depressing settings.

    Oh, and also... Arizona. I submit that Arizona should only be used to store all our old stuff. No people should live in that hotter than hell eyesore.

    1. I'd take Arizona over any place that snows. I submit that hell is not full of fire, but rather of snow. Snow is the living worst.

  2. The silo in Wool. Or the world of For the Darkness Shows the Stars and its sequel (title escaping me) that I'm currently reading. Any world where the fate of humanity rests not on some other-worldly event, but our own medical experimentation.

    1. Haha, I think pretty much any distopia world is pretty bad. I guess that's part of what makes them distopias, right?


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