Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In OR (since some of you might not read stuff with different worlds) Top Ten Characters I'd NEVER Want To Trade Places With.
Well this one is tough, there are so many choices. When it comes to otherworldly fiction, I have to say that there are probably many fewer worlds that I would want to try to live on than there are ones that I would rather give a miss. Just going with the obvious, I wouldn't want to live on any worlds that are being decimated by plague or war. I wouldn't want to be the red shirt in any science fiction epic nor the innocent victim in a murder mystery. I wouldn't want to switch places with pretty much any character in a novel by Charles Dickens, and along that theme ...
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I like modern conveniences like toilet paper and showers. I like jeans and tee-shirts. The clothing may have been better than earlier or later periods, but short corsets with stays and busks still sound uncomfortable!
I also really don't think it would have been much fun to be a woman then. Sure a few got to do something fulfilling with their lives, but most women's lives much have really stunk.
2) Pretty much any world written by Phillip K Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, A Scanner Darkly, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.
3) Most books by Connie Willis would be pretty lousy to get trapped in ... you get the black plague, bombing raids, and the occasional colleague who decides to be TSTL rather than helpful.
If I had a way to travel through time, I really doubt that I would spend all of my time trying to go places that would likely get me killed. How about answering questions like - who was Shakespeare? What really was in the Library at Alexandria ? Why were the Moai on Easter Island really built ? Scholarly questions with less blowing up and dying of disease.
4) I am pretty sure that actually being a character in Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide series would be really unpleasant.
The books are really funny to read, but if you think about what happens to the characters ... getting your planet blown up, getting shot at by sardonic cops, generally never knowing what is going on and having your meals introduce themselves would get rather wearing. Plus there is basically no chance of getting a good cup of tea.
5) I certainly wouldn't want to live in the world of A Handmaid's Tale. That would be unbelievably horrible. No dystopian world would be a nice place to live, but this one for me is particularly distasteful. Just thinking about it makes me want to scream. Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison earns a special mention here too.
6) And generally speaking, I would not want to live in any of the worlds created by Stephen King. So many ways to die horribly and so many more to live horribly. No thanks! In fact you can pretty much take it as a given that I would not want to end up in any world that is being overrun by zombies, goblins, ghosts, ghouls, deranged people with axes, vampires, alien slime monsters or anything of that sort.
Any such existence would likely be short and end unpleasantly. Even the idea of being the hero in such a world doesn't thrill me to pieces, since you would have to spend all of your time chopping virtually everything you meet into pieces, preferably small ones, before you jump on them and then toss them into a fire. All of Lovecraft falls into this territory as well.
7) Now here is a puzzle ... what would it be like to go to Wonderland ?
`In that direction,' the Cat said, waving its right paw round, `lives a Hatter: and in that direction,' waving the other paw, `lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad.'
`But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
`Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.'
`How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
`You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
And who can argue with that logic ? :) Seriously though, it is a very disturbing place. Somehow I don't think it would be pleasant to live there or even visit if you have a more developed sense of awareness than Alice did.
8) I have been reading The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker and I have to say that I would not want to trade places with the Golem. Bearing in mind that I haven't finished the book yet so I suppose something drastic might happen to change her fundamental circumstances, the concept of being constructed solely to serve and to require a master to be whole is very disturbing to me.
One of my favorite books is Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett which also wrestles with the concepts of self and agency. A golem is a construct, lacking agency ...
It is Frightening To Be Free ? '
'You said it.'
'You Say To People "Throw Off Your Chains" And They Make New Chains For Themselves? '
'Seems to be a major human activity, yes.'"
When a mob is about to smash Dorfl ...
"I Am Worth 530 Dollars."
"That's all you things think about, money!"
"Money Is All You Can Think About When All You Have is A Price."
I would not want to be a Golem.
9) My daughter and I are pretty sure that we would not want to be Where the Wild Things Are. She loves the book (I think I read it a record 8 times in a row before I gave out one night) but she doesn't want to be too close to the Wild Things - or Outside Over There either. Too scary.
9.5) How could I have forgotten to include Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ! They burn books!
10) And as a generalization, there are way too many worlds that have been created by a myriad of authors where women are treated as objects or simply as devices to further the plot for the book's 'hero'. Nope. No thanks. I don't even want to read those books, much less live in those worlds. Bleargh.