There are tons of fictional cities that I would love to have the pleasure of exploring. I can think of quite a lot of cities that I love, but I had to narrow down my list to just five for this post. You may notice a trend in the cities that I want to be a part of – most of them center around some type of school. I love books that have magical schools in them, and for the purposes of this post, I am cheating a bit and considering schools to be their own type of city.
5. Armedius Academy from The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads)
The Rithmatist is a middle-grade work by Brandon Sanderson about a boy named Joel, who attends Armedius Academy, a place where children are trained to become Rithmatists – this world’s version of crime fighters with special abilities. Joel is not a Rithmatist, however, and attaining this status is all he can think about. In addition to Armedius Academy just being an interesting school with some pretty cool professors, it is placed in a world that is very unique. The world that Sanderson creates has many steampunk elements to it and an incredibly unique “magic system” in which Rithmatists’ chalk drawings can jump into life and battle. When all is said and done, I think Armedius Academy sounds like a really cool place to go to school (aside from the fact that students are being attacked in this novel….but once that gets sorted out, I’m sure it’s awesome).
4. The University / Imre from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Goodreads)
Yes, another school has made my list. But I can just picture myself wandering through the massive Archives at the University, going to class to learn all about Sympathy (the type of magic system used in this series), and then walking across the river to listen to Kvothe playing his lute in the neighboring town of Imre. It just sounds like a grand old time, right? Sure, there are those Chandrian that we would have to watch out for, but I would love to explore the city that Patrick Rothfuss so vividly creates in this book.
3. Metropolis from the Superman stories in the DC Universe
I don’t think this really needs much explanation. Metropolis is just like any other major city, but it is the people and events that take place here that draw me to it. I have always been a huge fan of Superman and he will always be my favorite superhero. I would love to hang out at the Daily Planet in Metropolis with Clark Kent and then get rescued from one of Lex Luthor’s evil plots by Superman himself. I would totally see through that disguise, though. You can’t fool me Clarky. 😉
2. The Shire from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Goodreads)
I think there are lots of people who would agree with me in saying that I would love to live in Middle Earth. I would settle for anywhere in Middle Earth, but in particular, I want to live in a cozy hobbit hole in the Shire. I love the atmosphere of the Shire, with rolling hills surrounding the homes of those lazy little hobbits. I could very easily adopt the lifestyle of a hobbit and be content in the Shire for the rest of my days. I wonder if Bilbo has a guest room I could stay in…
1. Hogwarts / Diagon Alley / Hogsmeade / Godric’s Hollow / basically anywhere from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Goodreads)
Do I really need to say more? I would give anything to experience any part of the Harry Potter world. Of course, Hogwarts is my favorite, but I would be perfectly happy with visiting any of the magical places in this wizarding world. Still waiting for that letter to show up….
What are some of your favorite fictional cities?
When you are still waiting for you special powers to surface so you can go to a magical school…..
…..blame it on the books.