I love fantastical story worlds. Building them and escaping to them, so for Jenelle Leanne Schmidt’s #fantasymonth hashtag game and blog tour, I knew I had to visit this topic. I thought I would do my top ten favorite story worlds, but I started running out of worlds. Ha!
So, in no particular order, here are my favorite story worlds:
I mean, come on! A magical world beneath the drab of our daily lives? Yes please! The names of everything. The little shops. The train. It’s like stepping back in time. A reprieve from the crazy muggle world. Although, the magical world can be a lot more crazy and dangerous.
Tales of Goldstone Wood
It’s wild and magical, deep and mind-bending. It blows me away. The near world. The far world. And the in between. You step into one of Stengl’s novels and you never know what you might discover or to where the words will take you.
The DragonKeeper Chronicles
Pet dragons! Do I need to say more? Dragons of various sizes. Ones that can fit in your pocket that can heal you or light your way. Huge ones for riding. Smart ones for chatting about science, philosophy, and art over tea. A fun, charming world with interesting magical attributes gifted in unique ways.
Beaumont & Beasley. Crockett & Crane. An alternative history in a parallel timeline where fairy tales are real and everything has been turned on its head. Not literally. A play on words and fleeting resemblance of familiarity. The Afterlands. Camelot. Grimmany. The States of Neverica. So much fun and plenty of trouble! Oh, and it has dragons. Mr. Blackfire might be pleased I’m doing my part in keeping the Neverwolves away. Or not. He is a dragon after all.
Artemis Fowl. Ah. Artemis, you criminal mastermind, how I’ve missed your world! Fairies, elves dwarves, centaurs, and goblins. But not really how we know them to be. They are real and living underground, thanks to the Mud People–humans. Another world that turns fairytales on their heads. I mean, there are LEPrecons! An elite branch of the Lower Elements Police. So much fun!
Hello! Who wouldn’t want to step from our world into another through a wardrobe? Experience an adventure filled with talking animals and fantastical creatures. AND return home in time for supper?
And that makes eight.
You see, this where things are starting to get a little fuzzy for me. Since I attempted to make this a top ten list, I am left scrambling to fill in the remaining slots. But if I could choose Equestria, I would. I love the ponies and their cutie marks and colorful coats. Fun names and the way it reflects our own world, but for ponies. And magic! And Unicorns! Alicorns! Pegasuses, oh my! Pegasi?
Also, would it be tactless to say my own? I am a fantasy author and I LOVE love love creating worlds. I’m not just talking about the World of Nälu. I have at least four other story worlds in various stages of being built. And drawing maps to go with them too. Because you have to have a map. My dream is to be just as creative as the aforementioned story worlds.
And I realize that is only nine. If you allow me my own and Equestria. Ha! Perhaps I shall leave the tenth blank to represent all the fantastical story worlds I have yet to discover!
So now it’s your turn!
Which story worlds are your favorite? And why?
Don’t forget to visit the other blogs on the #fantasymonth tour and see what they are sharing and for a chance to win this really cool letter opener!!