Monday, December 9, 2019

TTT: Fictional Settings (That Made It Onto My Shirt)

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The topic this week is a freebie, so I'm going to dive into a topic I mentioned earlier, but didn't really analyze: top ten fictional places I chose to put on a t-shirt I made at our library's collaborative space.

The mathematically inclined amongst you may notice that is only nine locations, but that's okay; it's been two years and I'm sure I can come up with one I've encountered since then.

The City of Weep
From Laini Taylor's beautiful duology, Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares. I'd want to visit the Weep of Lazlo and Sarai's dreams, of course. 

art by Lesya BlackbirdInk
From Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, the book and series that introduced me to my lifetime favorite author. Also the work that causes me to mispronounce archipelago, because it's one of those words I learned from reading instead of hearing it. I'd like to sail a boat between islands on a beautiful day.

Books That Shaped Me: A Wizard of Earthsea
from the Bantam cover, illustrated by Pauline Ellison

From Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races. I picture it as being like the Shetland islands, only of course with magical carnivorous horses and November cakes. I like my beach towns rustic and windy, so I think I'd like it there just fine. 

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fan art from "a scorpio races fan blog" on Tumbler

The Shire
I don't really need to explain this, right? I am probably romanticizing the whole rural aspect of many of these, but those hobbit doors!

art by David Wyatt on the Council of Elrond blog

Red London
From V. E. Schwab's Darker Shade of Magic series. Maybe I just want Kell's coat, but damn. I'd like to see the floating parties for sure. I've been to Grey London already, and have ZERO interest in White or Black. Scary.

papercraft art by Rosie

Honestly, I probably wouldn't survive well in the Dregs, but dress me up in furs and set me down in a waffle house. (I don't wear or condone furs in the real world, but once I was waiting for a bus in Latvia in January, shivering in my down parka, and the woman next to me was in a full length fur coat and DAMN I was envious.)

from the sticker by Annalise Jensen

Since I tend to just skim over names when I read, figuring as long as I know who/what that combination of letters refers to I don't need to know how to pronounce it, it wasn't until I designed my t-shirt that I realized the city state many Discworld stories are set in is partially named More Pork. Oh, Terry. 

The map from the Ankh-Morpork board game, which I now want. 

The Shire and Earthsea  are places I dreamed of in my childhood. The next set are all books I read as they came out, which is to say, as an adult who reads a lot of YA fantasy. These next two are places that bridge that gap. I read them as an adult, but before I'd really dove back into reading a ton of YA as part of my job. The Thief was recommended by my sister, and I've loved the whole series as it slowly unfolds. I put Attolia on my shirt, because that's the place associated with the series titles, but Eddis is probably the landscape that sounds the best to me--very mountainous.

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from King Of Attolia Tumbler


It seems so overdone and trite now, but I remember my niece, who was in about sixth grade, loaning me her copy of Chamber of Secrets, and telling me she thought I'd like it. I had barely heard of it and went it with zero expectations, and ended up loving it. I don't care how snooty people get about the writing or how appalling later statements by Rowling have occasionally been, Hogwarts is sheer magic. (Also, now that my niece is 30, I still take book recommendations from her.)

Yes, that's done on a whiteboard and West Liberty College in West Virginia.

For my number ten addition, we're back to books I've read recently.

The Island of Fennbirn
From Kendare Blake's Three Dark Crowns series. I'd probably go for the naturalist town of Wolf Spring here, specifically, and I have to admit that my mental image of it is not too far off my mental image of Thisby. Unfortunately, the fan art I could fine all seems to be focused on the characters, which is a bit odd, since it is definitely a series where the setting is SUPER IMPORTANT. 

as seen on Instagram of @clockwork.bookdragon

I hope you enjoyed this tour of magical places! What's on your list of fictional settings you wish you could visit?


  1. I’d want to visit Hogwarts and Red London for sure. I want to see some magic!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. Hogwarts would be high on my list too!!!

  3. What a cool list! I think I'd visit Hogwarts first out of all of these possible destinations. :)

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  4. Five of the spots on your shirt are new-to-me, but I love all the others---Shire, Earthsea, Weep, and Hogwarts. Perhaps I should try some of the rest.

  5. Look at how fancy you are with all the great pictures. Nice. I dream of going to that Shire themed vacation resort in New Zealand. I am already Hobbit sized, so why not go full out and enjoy it.

  6. Ooh Earthsea- there's something about that place that just seems so mythical. And yes- the Shire.

    The Weep looks amazing!!

  7. Intriguing list.

  8. LOVE that you included art for all of these! I especially agree with Fennbirn---though I still haven't read the last book in the series!!! (I think my heart is scared to do it, even though people have been saying good things.)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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