Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In.
As usual, these are in no particular order:
- Mordor. Volcanoes. Ash, dust, rocks, and hardly any vegetation. Constantly overcast. Orcs. The Great Eye. Need I say more?
- Panem, the world of the Hunger Games trilogy. I haven’t even read these, and I know I don’t want to live there.
- Arrakis and the Dune universe generally. I don’t like Sahara-like deserts, I don’t want to get addicted to spice, the sand-worms sound terrifying, and I’m not particularly fond of cutthroat politics, so… No.
- The world of John Christopher’s Tripod series. Mind control? A chilling thought.
- The world of Logan’s Run, or anywhere else where your life is arbitrarily cut short at a specified age.
- The wizarding world in either of the periods when Voldemort was ascendant. I’d love to live in the wizarding world (provided I were a wizard), just not when Voldemort’s power was strongest. Yes, I’d probably fight (quietly) against him, because it’s the right thing to do. But I’m not cut out for war and constant fear.
- The Star Wars universe under Emperor Palpatine. What I said about the wizarding world pretty much covers this one, too.
- Any world with zombies in it. If they were real, zombies would completely terrify me. I don’t even want to read about them. The mindlessness makes them scarier to me than most other supernatural critters.
- Any world with vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings that prey on human beings. I don’t mind reading about these, depending on how they’re presented. But I sure as heck wouldn’t be comfortable living around them.
- The world of Planet of the Apes. Humans as slaves to apes (or to anyone, for that matter)? Yeah, not so much. In fact, steer me clear of anywhere that thinks slavery is a good idea.
- Pretty much any dystopian world. They’re called dystopian for a reason: they’re not nice places to live. And I’m not a big fan of heavy government repression, secret police, the disintegration of society, or any of the other ills depicted in dystopian fiction. Our world has its problems and more than a few repressive regimes. (I wouldn’t want to live under them, either.) But at least we’ve also got a number of countries that strive to advance human rights and the human condition, even if they don’t always succeed.
Did I leave out anything? Which fictional worlds would you hate to live in?