Effective world building in stories creates places and spaces that come to life as the reader dives deeper into a novel. My deep love of fantasy is constantly bringing me into contact with new creations to find a home in. There are so many fictional cities in literature and quite a lot of them are well done, and these top five are just the beginning of my favorites.
Let’s start off with Rivendell from Middle Earth and Tolkien’s detail rich mind. This may be at the top of the list solely for its gorgeous depiction in the films, but it’s just so pretty. Honestly you could probably say that about every location in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit but the elven city always pops into my mind first. It probably has to do with the flowing rivers and waterfalls, the bridges and archways. What beautiful architecture the elves create!
Hogsmeade comes next since I’m not going to count Hogwarts as a city. The only all wizarding village in Britain looks as if it was taken out of a Christmas card. Thatched cottages and tiny little shops become a retreat for Hogwarts’ students over the course of the year and Hogsmeade Station greets every student as they return to Hogwarts for another year of school. With Honeydukes for all your sweet needs and Zonko’s for a laugh or two it has everything a witch or wizard would need. Plus The Three Broomstick’s butterbeer! How could you go wrong?
Alicante from The Mortal Instruments is another one that is just so pretty even though it hasn’t been brought to life yet. I’m waiting on the Shadowhunters television show on ABC Family for that. The capital and only city of Idris, Alicante is also known as the City of Glass. The demon towers that surround the city, made of pure adamas, shine and reflect hence the nickname. Houses seem to pile on top of one another and the city is divided by a river which feeds its many canals.
Another city out of a fantasy novel I love is Winterfell from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. The capital of the North and the seat of House Stark, Winterfell is a large castle complex with a village located just outside. The ancient godswood sits within the main building and the ancient weirwood stands at its center. This is my favorite city in this saga mostly for House Stark but also for the eerily beautiful and creepy weirwood trees with white trunks and blood-red leaves. Plus the weeping face carved into it.
I pretty much love everything to do with Peter Pan so for my last pick I’m going with Neverland. I know it’s not technically a city but it’s a fictional place and I’ll do what I want. From Peter and the Lost Boys hideaway to the Mermaid Lagoon, Neverland is teeming with various inhabitants from pirates to fairies and so much more. The lush environments of wood and water make this place a haven for me and I just have to follow the second star on the right and straight on until morning.
What are your Top 5 Fictional Cities? Let me know in the comments and check back next week for Top 5 Favorite Things About Blogging!
Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday.