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Initial post: Jul 24, 2012 7:55:51 AM PDT
Maybe not forever, but just to see what it would be like.

Mine would be Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom.

I loved these books when I was a child, because Rose seemed to have such a wonderful life. Even though she was being raised by her uncle, she was loved and had the most interesting experiences.

Have you ever read a book and wished you could live in the story, even for a short period of time?
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Posted on Jul 24, 2012 8:26:49 AM PDT
Karen Mead says:
This is a weird answer, but when I was a little kid I wanted to live inside the world of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. I just thought it would be awesome to have my own mansion and servants and all sorts of neat stuff and didn't process the more unsavory aspects at all.

I'm having a hard time coming up with books I'd like to live inside these days; I can think of several series where I'd like the opportunity to step inside the books to slap the hero in the face, but I'm pretty sure that was not the intent of the question:).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:27:58 AM PDT
I've felt the same about hundreds of books.

Lord of the Rings, as long as I could be Elvish. Harry Potter, as long as I wasn't a Muggle. And of course Amber (or the Courts of Chaos), as long as I could use the Pattern or the Logrus to walk the Shadows.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 8:28:52 AM PDT
I wouldn't mind living in Harry Potter's world for a little while. I could try some every-flavor beans, fly around a while on my broom (which some would argue I do already!) and have my own messenger owl. Plus there are a few spells I might want to try on my boss. : )

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 8:29:25 AM PDT
Hah, I wouldn't last long in most books I read. :)

I guess Jim Butcher's Dresden files would be pretty cool as long as someone threw some wizarding powers my way. At the least, I wouldn't be bored.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:31:05 AM PDT
Helen A says:
Good idea for a thread :-)

When I was a teenager, my twin brother and I loved to read westerns by a British author named J.T. Edson. I would have loved to live in some of his books :-)

I would have also loved to grow up with Anne from Anne of Green Gables Series [Fiction Classics of L.M. Montgomery]. I think she would have made a great friend.

Helen

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:34:12 AM PDT
G. says:
Good answer Rick, but you are right, without those powers? What a scary world that would be.

If I could live in a setting of one of my favorite books, it would be:
Willow: A Novel. Hmmm, this may not actually count, because the book is based on the screenplay of the movie. Anywhoo: brownies, sprites, fairies, magic? Who wouldn't want to live there?

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 8:42:20 AM PDT
I would love to live in a Star Trek book.

Another would be a Pern book, even though as an adult I don't think the writing is that good, but the world-building is excellent. Of course with my luck I wouldn't be a dragon rider, I'd be a drudge.

A Lord of the Rings Elf would be cool, but the whole fighting the orcs - not so much.

The problem with fantasy is usually there's a bad guy for there to be conflict, the badder the better. Sorry, the whole being a sacrifice to evil thing is just not for me.

Maybe an H. Beam Piper book is more my speed.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 8:42:36 AM PDT
Do comic books count? If so, I'd jump into the marvel universe in a split second.

Of course then I'd probably spend my days nuking spiders in the microwave and then trying to get them to bite me. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:47:05 AM PDT
Karen Mead says:
I think being a muggle in Harry Potter's world would be okay, as long as you were one of the clued-in muggles (like Hermione's parents) who knows that magic exists. Imagine the spectacular mind games you could play on your fellow muggle neighbors, who have to keep convincing themselves over and over again that all the weird things they see are just coincidences....:)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:49:45 AM PDT
I know what you mean about being in Rebecca. The opening paragraph makes it sound so elegant and exciting. Of course you'd have to be sure to get out before the craziness starts!

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 9:00:02 AM PDT
I would live in one of the James Herriot books. I adore that sort of country and lifestyle.
And if I could have my horses and dogs with me, well, so much the better!
:-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 9:06:39 AM PDT
Heidi - I loved this book as a child. I would have loved to have lived on the mountain.

They may have taken me out of WV, but they didn't take WV outta me. =)

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 9:08:06 AM PDT
Narnia, after the defeat of the White Witch.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 9:11:25 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
What what a great qreat question. I thought about the Star Trek Universe, but I would end up being a red shirt and therefore be killed off early in the story. No bit parts so I can't take away an existing character.

I think what I need to do is have a favorite author write a book specifically around me and drop me in it. How's that for narcissism? (sp?) Only rule is that I can't be killed off and have to have the opportunity for lots of sequels.

Options are David Gerrold (SciFi), Stephen King (woohoo), Blake Crouch (I could be a serial killer!). I like that idea.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 9:16:38 AM PDT
Helen A says:
Agree with Harry Potter. I wouldn't want to be a muggle however, because I would love to attend Hogwarts. I would love to be friends with Hermione - I was a bookworm at school too.

Helen

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 9:19:48 AM PDT
>>I think what I need to do is have a favorite author write a book specifically around me and drop me in it. How's that for narcissism? (sp?) Only rule is that I can't be killed off and have to have the opportunity for lots of sequels.<

This would make a great idea for a thread, don't you think?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 9:22:46 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
I guess it would at that! Go for it!

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 9:23:12 AM PDT
twinny says:
When I was younger I always fancied that I would have liked to have been the fifth sister in Little Women.
Now I wouldn't mind living in the London of Rivers of London - but over all I would like to live in the book, and the time, of Laurie Lee's Cider With Rosie. I grew up about four miles away from the village in this book, and my neighbour when i was growing up is one of the characters in the book. Her stories, and the book itself have given me a lifelong hankering for a time machine and endless summer in the Edwardian countryside.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 9:23:34 AM PDT
Helen! If you end up at Hogwarts, look me up. Something tells me we'd end up in the same House. :-)

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 9:27:25 AM PDT
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Miss M says:
Would love to check out some of those "Father Knows Best" style households from the 50's/60s.
Maybe a road trip starting at Trixie Belden's house, stopping by Nancy Drew, Bess & George's place, and then on to Cherry Ames' town to see what kind of nurse she is this week...All in my soft-top, red roadster, of course!

Think I'd also really like to spend a term at Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 9:29:12 AM PDT
Definitely Hogwarts after Voldemort. But I'd probably end up in Hufflepuff.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 9:31:30 AM PDT
And a Walter Farley novel would be wicked. Getting to see the Black in person and maybe giving him a carrot.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 9:33:35 AM PDT
Helen A says:
Funnily enough I have just started reading a book published by Bloomsbury (i.e. UK publisher of Harry Potter) called Little Women and Me. It is a tween book about a girl who goes back in time to become the 5th sister in Little Women :-)

NB. No idea how good the book is, because I have only read a couple of chapters.

Helen

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 9:34:29 AM PDT
twinny says:
Hmmmmm, the sorting hat would struggle with you. Griffindor or Ravenclaw...gutsy and clever ;)
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