Top Ten Tuesday: Places in Books I Would NOT Want to Live

For That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday:

March 30: Places In Books I’d Love to Live

For this one I decided to twist things a bit: I’ve given a bit of thought to places in books I’d want to visit/see (here and here ) but these are places I would avoid!

1.Manderley in Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier- In this case the problem is the servants. Well, really just the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers; but she’s cruel, treacherous, cunning and destructive. Who wants to live with that?

2. Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling– Here there would be two major issues. One is the fact that I have a crappy sense of direction and I’d probably get lost all the time. The other is the ghosts in the bathrooms. There are some places I just need privacy, and that’s one of them.

3. Panam in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins- The reasons for this one should be fairly obvious. But I would always worry about being chosen for the Hunger Games. I know if I was selected I’d be one of the first to die. Actually there are a lot of dystopias I wouldn’t want to live in. I won’t list them all (that would be a different list) but really most of them sound pretty awful!

4. Obernewtyn in the Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody– You could call this one a dystopia I suppose. It takes place in a pretty awful post-nuclear holocaust world. But Obernewtyn itself, after the first book in the series (where it’s a horrible place), becomes sort of a refuge. So I suppose if I had to live in that world this is where I’d choose, but I’d rather not live there at all thankyouverymuch. Just a note: these books are pretty popular in Australia but I think they deserve to be better known in the US.

5. Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte– In this one, the biggest problem is the madwoman in the attic who constantly escapes the woman who’s supposed to be watching her, and starts fires. When picking literary houses, that’s an issue I just can’t overlook.

6. Wuthering Heights in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte– This one is pretty bad too. From the master of the house who is on a vengeful mission, to the ghost who wanders the moors outside, I would just rather not deal with any of them.

7. Neverworld Wake in Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl- Sort of a limbo state between life and death where the characters must relive the day of their deaths over and over again until they vote on one member of the group to be the sole survivor. Not only does the prospect of limbo sound bad, but reliving the same day endlessly until you make an impossible decision? No thank you!

8. Foxworth Hall in the Dollinganger series by VC Andrews– In this house I don’t know what’s worse: the religious fanatic owners, the greedy, heartless daughter, the sadistic butler, or the four kids locked up in the attic.

9. The Overlook Hotel in The Shining by Stephen King– Even if it weren’t for the malevolent ghosts that drive you crazy, I wouldn’t want to live somewhere that’s so isolated. Plus, the fact that you have to take care of the boiler carefully or the whole place will blow up, sounds very stressful. So the fact that it’s haunted just makes it a bit worse. Really any/every haunted house book falls in this category (similar to dystopias) but I won’t list them all.

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Places in Books I Would NOT Want to Live

  1. Great twist on the topic! I wouldn’t want to live in any of these places, either. The moving staircases are part of why I wouldn’t want to live at Hogwarts (also the complete lack of science & technology), but I hadn’t even considered the ghosts in the bathroom. That sounds awful now that I think about it.

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  2. Ha ha ha! Well, I can’t argue with you about not wanting to live in dystopias! That is indeed the point. I guess we can add 1984 and Brave New World to that list.

    Now that you mention it, I also don’t think I would want to live in a Jane Austen book. The class differences and all the social expectations are hard enough to navigate for characters who grew up in it, but I would be completely lost.

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    • Yeah, I actually started by listing all the dystopian books and thinking about why I wouldn’t want to live in each one individually, but they were taking up the whole list, so I decided to combine them all under the Hunger Games trilogy (which just happened to be the first books that came to mind)

      That’s a good point about living in a Jane Austen novel: and I suppose by extension it could apply to any regency novel or even any time period with rigid class differences and social expectations.

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  3. haha that’s a good point about hogwarts- can’t believe I never thought about that! I hate when people just try to talk to me when I go to the toilet… I couldn’t cope with the ghosts! And I agree about Manderlay. And obvs I wouldn’t survive Panem/the hunger games either!

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