Apathy & Rhetoric

Top Ten Worlds I Would NOT Want To Live In

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I discovered something about myself while writing this post. Well, two things really. The first is that I’m pretty adaptable, and there aren’t a lot of places I couldn’t stand to live in. The second is that I tend to focus on only the fun and cool parts of fictional worlds and ignore the bad. In any case, here is my top ten worlds I’d least like to live in. (Hopefully, I didn’t forget any super obvious ones).

1. Westeros and Essos of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin – Aside from a lot of dreadfully boring (in my opinion) politics, the people of these books are obsessed with rape, incest, murder, and dismemberment. In fact,in their society a person isn’t respected until they commit at least one of these sins. The world is a paradise for the morally corrupt, but definitely nowhere I want to be.

2. Hell from The Divine Comedy by Dante AlighieriΒ – Confession: I haven’t read this book, but the setting sounds awful.

3. The Hunger Games Arena from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – Alright, I may not want to live in the districts either (seeing as they’re starving), but not all of them are as bad as 12, and the Capitol actually sounds kinda fun. I definitely wouldn’t want to be in the arena though. For one, I’d be one of the first to die. For another, I can’t see myself killing anyone in cold blood. Even killing someone in self-defense sounds a little hard.

4. Futuristic Earth from The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – I don’t like Zombies. Nor do I like books/worlds where a lot of good people die.

5. Easton Academy from the Private Series by Kate Brian – The girls of this academy are so cliquey and shallow I really don’t think I could stand living with them. Not to mention they really need to sort out their priorities. (Note: I’ve only read book one, and I’m not even sure I finished.)


6. Futuristic Earth from Rootless by Chris Howard – The man-made trees sound awesome, but I don’t think I’d enjoy only being able to eat popcorn and having to avoid flesh-eating locusts.

7. Battle School from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – The military school lifestyle is way to strict for me, and the zero-gravity games sound nauseating (or worse).

8. Morganville, Texas of the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine – While I would love to meet Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael, and maybe even do some sightseeing, I don’t think Morganville would be a place I’d want to put down roots. Finding and keeping a protector (one that wouldn’t drain me dry) seems like a lot of work, and I don’t have the guts to go solo like the gang at the Glass house. (Not to mention I lack the awesome house.) Going to the blood bank to pay my taxes doesn’t sound fun either.

9. Fictional China of Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman – This society is way too sexist for me. It also has too many power struggles that I simply wouldn’t want to deal with. There are better worlds to live in if you’re looking for dragons.

10. Futuristic Earth of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld – I wouldn’t want to live in a world so focused on looks that people stop being human. Cosmetic surgery sounds painful.

I enjoyed this post so much I’m going to try and do a follow up post this week listing the top ten worlds I WOULD want to live in. Β What about you? Where would you want or not want to live?

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Author: Apathy & Rhetoric

First and foremost, I hate being the center of attention and that includes having to talk or write about myself, which makes blogging seem like an odd choice, but I think I can make it work for me. I just keep telling myself that the chances of people actually reading my blog are slim to none. Other significant things about me: I am a graduate of Utah State University with a bachelors in English. Armed with this useless degree I went and got a job selling books. I admit, I love it. It allows me to indulge a major obsession in my life, which is reading. I also want to write a book (who doesn't), but am usually too lazy to sit down and write. (I blame apathy).

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Worlds I Would NOT Want To Live In

  1. I really like the rationale behind your decisions – especially for Easton Academy (because it never occurred to me to pick a world where it’s your happiness that same danger rather than your life) and Uglies (because you found the deeper meaning other than just a corrupt society and I think plastic surgery would hurt too). I’ve never heard of the Forest of hands and teeth, but definitely don’t like zombies so I think I’ll pass on that one LOL πŸ™‚

    • Yes, a deeper meaning, and the fact it hurts. πŸ˜‰ I’m surprised you haven’t heard of “The Forest…”, it was one of Janae’s favorites a few years back.

  2. Those are some awesome picks! I don’t think I would have want to live there too, good reasons!
    Hope you can stop by my Top Ten

    xoxo

  3. I would say great picks but I can’t because I wouldn’t want to live in those worlds either.
    Here’s our TTT
    Doris @ OABR

  4. Good list! I didn’t put it on my list, but Westeros definitely passed through my mind when I wrote my list. Hunger Games totally made my list – LOL, I think it’s on EVERY list I’ve read so far. For some reason, your comments on Private made me think of Memoirs of a Geisha – the cattiness and strictness and such. That’s definitely a world I would not want to live in – I don’t do well with authority πŸ™‚

    • Thanks. I haven’t read Memoirs of a Geisha, but if it is like the Private series I probably won’t like it. As for Hunger Games, yeah, I think it was an obvious choice for everyone. πŸ™‚

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