If You Could Jump into a Book…

Regular followers of the Author Spotlight series are familiar with this question: If you could jump into a book and live in that world…which would it be? It’s one of the standard questions I ask most authors (though not all). It’s my favorite question to ask because it gets such varied answers.

To be sure, there are a few literary destinations that many people want to visit, such as Middle Earth and Narnia. A couple people even said they would like to live in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek universe.

Childhood favorites garner a lot of interest, such as The House at Pooh Corner (Nicola J. McDonagh), Treasure Island (M.A. Donovan), Harry Potter (Lisa Arrington) and Alice in Wonderland ((Lorna Dounaeva). Wonderland would be a true adventure, but it would be too freaky for me. The wizarding world would be cool, as long as I wouldn’t have to worry about Voldemort. *shiver*

Classics hold some of the authors spellbound. For instance: the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Anne of Green Gables books (Cinthia Ritchie), Little Women (Nonnie Jules), and A Tale of Two Cities (James Amoateng).

Dr. Alan Chan would live in the Bible. Thousands of years pass in the Bible and it’s interesting to ponder which part to visit. So many possibilities to witness history.

More than a few of the answers stood out to me. Some because I can relate to the choice, some because of the emphatic way the author stated their choice and some because I was unfamiliar with them until the interview.

  1. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
    Author D.J. Gelner chose this one. While I haven’t read the book, I’ve been aware of its existence and must admit I find the idea of visiting Mars captivating. I’ll have to add this one to my reading list.
  2. The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
    I’d never heard of this series until John Ashley named it. It’s filled with brave mice and vicious animal adversaries.
  3. Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
    When Meg Welch Dendler stopped by, she said she wanted to jump into the world of Pern, a pre-industrialized society with Dragons. Sounds cool, but there are 22 stories in the series (both novels and novellas). It would be hard to catch up with all the other books out there begging to be read. 😉
  4. Discworld by Terry Pratchett
    Carrie Harris said, “I want to live on the Discworld so bad. I could hang with Granny Weatherwax and maybe play some chess with DEATH. Seriously, if you haven’t read those books, you are missing out on the awesome.” Well, I’ve heard of this series and am intrigued. It’s a case of so many books, so little time. *sigh*
  5. The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
    As it is full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, it’s no surprise that romance author and Arabian culture connoisseur Alexandra Sellers would choose this world to jump into. I read this years ago, but can’t remember much about it. Maybe I’ll revisit it someday.
  6. The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
    This is another book that I’d never heard of until Damon Ferrell Marbut mentioned “it would be kind of nice to just leave the conventional world as I understand it for a while, go hang out in the trees and read books and be largely left alone.” If that doesn’t intrigue you, what will? I want to read about this Italian nobleman and his arboreal existence.
  7. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
    I’ve always wanted to read these books, but haven’t taken the time. Jamie Marchant would willingly jump into Harry Dresden’s world. I think it’s because Harry is her “fantasy man.” Who could blame her? He’s a wizard after all. 😉
  8. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
    When I interviewed Anna Patricio, I discovered that I am not alone in my fascination with Ancient Egypt. Like me, she’d jump into a book with that setting. She named a couple other books as well.
  9. The Lorax by Dr. Suess
    Not only would Ali Berlinski jump into the Lorax, she wants to be a barbaloot “and freeze time so that it never got destroyed.” I loved that she really put herself into the answer. She also said, “Otherwise I’d love to hideout for a while with all the world’s geniuses in Rand’s secret valley.” It might be interesting to hang out with geniuses, but I don’t want to live in the world of Atlas Shrugged.
  10. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire series) by George R. R. Martin
    This was my absolute favorite answer, not only because I’m in the throes of reading this series myself, but also because of what Jamie Baywood said about her choice. “As long as I could keep my head Game of Thrones would be amazing to jump into.” That would certainly be my stipulation for jumping into that world.

So, what about you? If you could jump into a book and live in that world…which would it be?