Top Ten Tuesday: World Building 101




So this week's Top 10 Tuesday (a meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) asks us to pick a topic, and the books we'd have on our syllabus if we taught it. I did some great modules on my uni course, that I could have taken inspiration from (Arthurian Lit. and Detective fiction were my favourites!) but because I love a bit of fantasy, I've decided to do a 101 of World-Building. Posting a bit late in the day, but I've been in work, so.





Fantasy doesn't have the monopoly on this of course - sci-fi, dystopian and historical novels have to build the world that the characters live in just as vividly - in fact, so does every book. But when you think of fictional worlds, it's the most fantastical that first spring to mind. So, here's the set reading list for my World-building class:


The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolkien
(Middle-Earth)



The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S Lewis
(Narnia)




Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K Rowling
(The Wizarding World)



The Lives of Christopher Chant - Diana Wynne-Jones
(The Related Worlds)



Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman
(The Multiverse)



A Game of Thrones - George R.R Martin
(Westeros and Essos)



The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
(Discworld)



Mortal Engines - Phillip Reeve
(Traction Cities)




The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
(Gillead)




The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
(Panem)





Comments

  1. Great topic. I’ve read a lot of these, and The Handmaid’s Tale is my favorite book ever, so I would totally take your class.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks! I didn't think Handmaid's Tale would be my thing when I had to read it for school, but was such a good read :)

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  2. Awesome list- LotR, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games. I like about al of these... great list!

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  4. Great choices! Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter have some of the greatest world building I've ever seen!
    http://youmeandacupofteablog.blogspot.com/2015/08/top-ten-books-that-would-be-on-my.html

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    1. Thanks! Will have a look at your post now :)

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  5. Great choices!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/top-ten-tuesday-19/

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  6. Have you read Garth Nix's Abhorsen series? It has fantastic world-building as well.

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    1. I haven't! I did buy Sabriel when I was about 10, but the first chapter had something about a dead rabbit in and it put me off, haha. It's still in the house somewhere though, I might dig it out! :)

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