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

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

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

Mortal Engines - Phillip Reeve
(Traction Cities)

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins


  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!

    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 :)

  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!

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

  5. Great choices!
    My TTT:

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

    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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