Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Cities

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday was your top 5 fictional cities. This was quite a difficult one for me as a lot of books I have read recently have been set in alternate versions of real cities, or in the real cities themselves, or in no cities at all. As a result, I have stretched things a little bit with a couple of these.

They have not been put into any particular order since that made the challenge even more difficult, but here are my top 5 fictional cities:

Elantris

This city comes from Brandon Sanderson’s book of the same name. It was once the city of gods, where those who woke up with mystical appearance and power went to live. After a cataclysmic event, those powers were lost and the city fell into ruin. Those that once were gods became zombie-like beings, slowly losing all reason. I really like how this city is portrayed and would have really liked to live there in its heyday.

Hogsmeade

Not quite a city, but I’d say it’s close enough. I could not not have Harry Potter on this list. Hogsmeade is the only wizarding village in Britain – not shared with any muggles so it is truly magical. I, for one, would absolutely love to live here, especially with Hogwarts just around the corner and all the amazing shops this village has.

King’s Landing

The capital of the Seven Kingdoms, King’s Landing is a city of many sides, much like its more famous inhabitants. George RR Martin describes it perfectly, making it seem like a real place, and it seems so full of intrigue. I would not necessarily want to live here – the risk of dying a premature death is much too high, but it definitely is a favourite city.

The Capital

From one capital to another, The Capital is the centre of The Hunger Games’ world. It is home to the tyrannical President Snow, the only city that does not have to send in any tributes, and is opulent in nature. The dichotomy between The Capital and its poorer districts is both disturbing and fascinating and, as terrible as the style is, it is definitely interesting to read about.

The Shire

Finally, we have Tolkien’s Shire. While not necessarily a city, this whole area is a place after my own heart. Who wouldn’t want to wake up and have multiple breakfasts? It is relaxed and homely and somewhere no-one would begrudge you for staying at home with a good book rather than going out to kill some orcs (though that could be fun from time to time too).

And there you have it, my Top 5 Wednesday picks for my favourite fictional cities (or close enough).

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and the goodreads group can be found at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday

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