Who doesn’t love traveling to new places? Unfortunately, some places we would like to visit don’t exist. Here is a list of ten fictional places we wish we could visit this summer.
Why? Because the Ewoks are adorable and badasses. They helped defeat the Empire.
Why? “Why not?” is the better question. Quidditch, Apparating, pet owls that are house-trained … Living in the wizarding world would be incredible, but Hogwarts has the added bonus of being the coolest boarding school ever. Hufflepuff pride!
3) Neptune, CA
Why? We would seek employment at Mars Investigations, but secretly, we would visit Neptune to make out with Logan (and Duncan).
4) The Red Universe
Why? Altlivia and Lincoln. Enough said. (Bonus: lots of blimps.)
Why? We want to slay some vampires and drink tea with Giles. (Of course this would be before the town was swallowed up by a Hellmouth. Obviously.)
6) Jurassic Park (with Tom Hiddleston)
Why? Because we want to see Hiddleston communicate with the velociraptors.
7) The New York Institute
Why? Because being a Shadowhunter would be freaking awesome. But mainly because we’d want to meet Jace, Clary, Alec, Simon, Magnus, and every other butt-kicking character from the Mortal Instruments series. And afterwards, we’d stop off at the London Institute circa 1878 to swoon over Will Herondale.
8) Stars Hollow
Why? It may be a small town, but it’s full of big characters. Sure, there are downsides to everyone being involved in everybody else’s lives, but really it’s like having a huge, hilarious family that all live within walking distance of each other. Plus, we would love to eat at Al’s Pancake World, no matter what kind of cuisine he was serving that week.
Why? Where else can you have coffee with Snow White and Captain Hook? I bet if we stuck around long enough, the folks from Star Wars would eventually show up. Storybrooke is basically Disney World without roller coasters.
10) Pawnee, Indiana
Why? Sure, the city almost voted to allow Sweetums to take over their water supply, but what this place lacks in common sense, it makes up in friendship. Also, we will visit any city that had a Star Wars filibuster.
Hi there, Internet. I just wanted to give you a heads-up on my impending absence, as I will be spending the next few days devouring this wonderful (probably heartbreaking) book. Now that Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are both over, this is the only series where I really have to put my life on hold as soon as a new book comes out, and this one is the last in Cassandra Clare’s spin-off series, so it’s going to be especially epic (and did I mention soul-crushing?). Anyway, if you haven’t read any of the Mortal Instruments (the movie adaptation of which is coming out in August—get psyched!) or the Infernal Devices series, you should definitely go do that right at this moment. Actually, wait—only read this series if you’re okay with having your heart toyed with, beaten, battered, and most likely shattered into a million tiny pieces. (Which, let’s face it, most of you are Fringe fans, so you’ve pretty much been there, done that, bought that t-shirt.) So if you see a tweet from me in the next few days that looks like the phonetic equivalent of a sob being wrenched from the depths of one’s soul, this is the reason why. And don’t worry—I won’t tweet any spoilers. In the meantime, if anyone wants to come water my plants or brush my teeth for me, I probably won’t have time to do anything but read for the next few days, so that would be great. See you on the other side, folks!
I have three favorite book series: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Mortal Instruments. Two of these have already been made into successful movie franchises, and much to my fangirling delight, the third one is well on its way to the big screen as well. In case you weren’t aware, City of Bones, the first installment of Cassandra Clare’s urban fantasy series, is scheduled to hit theaters in August of next year. With an impressive cast and a rabid fan base, City of Bones looks to be well on its way to becoming the next big teen-book-turned-movie sensation, following in the blockbuster footsteps of Twilight and The Hunger Games. If we’re using those two franchises as references, I’ll say that while The Mortal Instruments has some similar elements to Twilight (for instance, it does involve vampires—although they are not the main supernatural species—and it has a love story), the writing and plot development are definitely closer to Hunger Games quality. Cassandra Clare’s characters are rich, multidimensional, and relatable. Most importantly though, they all have a sense of humor. Even when the star-crossed lovers are pouting about their crossed stars, they still have time to make a joke about the whole situation, or at least a sarcastic eye-roll.