Bookish Worlds that Terrify (Because Death Matches, Magic and Zombies, Oh My!)


Happy Tuesday readers. With each new Tuesday, here on Finding Wonderland we join the long standing meme known as Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s That Artsy Reader Girl May 29 topic is: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In. Or as I like to coin it, “Bookish Worlds that Terrify.”

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Not long ago we talked about bookish spaces with the topic ‘Books That Take Place In Another Country.’ This week, we again talk book places, only this go-round it’s about bookish worlds we’ve never (like ever) want to live in. Let’s face it, some of these bookish worlds are pretty darn terrifying.   

As I trolled my Goodreads page, and tried to call to mind the past books I’ve read, I realized something: there are some pretty
terrible worlds in the fictional game. From making their protagonists fight to the death to devastating secrets that rule everyone’s actions, these worlds are no laughing matter. Needless to say, for varying reasons, the below list is among those worlds I would not – under any circumstances, wish to be a part of!  

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Bookish Worlds that Terrify (Because Death Matches, Magic and Zombies, Oh My!)

*also, yes, recycling last week’s graphics… because, once again, last minute – again!!  

1: Cessation from Gunslinger Girl by Lindsay Ely | Unique though this concept is, this is not a world I’d wish to be a part of. There’s far too many dangers lurking around every bustling corner. Amazon | Goodreads 

Bookish Worlds that Terrify (Because Death Matches, Magic and Zombies, Oh My!). What bookish worlds terrify you? Text © Rissi JC

2: England circa 1500s from Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd | There are many books set in the Tudor times, but I choose this
one for one specific reason – I actually read this one once upon a time. Another book on my shelf set during the Tudor reign is The Usurper’s Throne. In this era, it feels like all someone had to do was look at the King wrong and in the words of the Red Queen, it was all “off with his head!” Amazon | Goodreads

3: Manhattan circa 2118 from The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee | Yeah, this is another world I’d NOT wish to be a
part of. There’s too much drama, too many secrets, and just general dislike between all the characters. Amazon | Goodreads

Bookish Worlds that Terrify (Because Death Matches, Magic and Zombies, Oh My!). What bookish worlds terrify you? Text © Rissi JC

4: Panem from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Do I use The Hunger Games a lot? I feel like I do. Still, something tells me this book is going to be super popular on today’s lists. I mean, one can understand why, too! Being placed in an arena and forced to fight until the DEATH!? Yeah. Not a prime vacation spot. Amazon | Goodreds ● Find the film on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD.  

5: Viyara from Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge | Not a big fan of this story nor its world. Do you like Rosamund’s style? Or is it just this one book? Amazon | Goodreads

6: Wisconsin circa 1906 from The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright | Really, visiting the house in the 1900s or its present day timeline is not something I’d relish. In 1906 there are creepy happenings going on and in the present, the heroine is also experiencing creepiness. All in all, it’s not a house I’d be too quick to step inside! Amazon | Goodreads

Bookish Worlds that Terrify (Because Death Matches, Magic and Zombies, Oh My!). What bookish worlds terrify you? Text © Rissi JC

7: Zombie Infested England circa 1800s from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahme-Smith | Adding a caveat to this one. Perhaps the only thing that might tempt me to step into this world – and it’s a slim temptation is Colonel Fitzwilliam Darcy. Just saying. Amazon | Goodreads ● Rent or own Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on Amazon Video 

What bookish worlds terrify you? I’ve a suspicion there are more on my shelf that could apply to today’s topic, but for now, we’ll leave it at these 7! (At least next time the meme is about travel, it’ll be a pleasant experience.) Which books made your list? Let’s talk.   If you joined today’s meme, make sure and leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below so I can visit – or simply introduce your blog. I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces.  

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About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


    1. Panem IS indeed depressing.

      Gunslinger Girl is unique, but not 100% a me book. Still, I'm glad to have read it. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

    1. Right!? That world would FREAK ME OUT! So grateful I don't have to live in that kind of world. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

  1. Ooh, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is a good one. I would imagine life was pretty hard in the 1800s to begin with, and then adding zombies? Not fun.

    1. Well said, Angela. I'd agree. I'm not sure I'd make it in even a realistic 1800s world. Too attached – and grateful, for today's many modern conveniences.

      Thanks so much for visiting. :)

  2. My 12 years old is reading it for school , she says she wants to live in the hunger games. I am like WTF!
    Or she comes and asks me if I would be sad if she gets called for the Games, or if I think she has any changes of survive. I am like NO! Rue I believe was 12 and she died!

    My TTT.

    1. I'm with you: there'd be no way I'd want to live inside the world of The Hunger Games. The experience reading the book is as close as I'll ever wish to get. ;)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Mariela.

  3. The House on Foster Hill was absolutely creepy! I couldn't believe how well the author manifested the haunting, suppressive atmosphere on the page. And when the truth about the house came out, it was even more frightening than I imagined.

    1. Jaimie expertly crafts this creepy world in 'Foster Hill.' SO much creepiness going on and that's, I think, really what she wanted for this type of novel – so she definitely accomplishes a high "creep" factor. ;)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Brittaney.

  4. Fun list, friend! Well…fun in a "good thing this will never happen to us" sort of way. ;)

    I haven't read Rosamund Hodge's new series, but I absolutely love Cruel Beauty, and I also enjoyed Gilded Ashes and Crimson Bound. Granted, these are still creepy stories…but the depth and characters and meaning are really good. :) I hope you enjoy another of her stories if you try her earlier ones!


    1. Well said, Amber. I am SO thankful we don't have to live in worlds like this.

      I'm still thinking I need to give Cruel Beauty a chance since I have seen some good reviews on it. I just couldn't get into 'Smoke,' though to be fair part of this could be because it's a retelling of "Romeo & Juliet" which has NEVER been a favorite story. So… there is that!

      So glad you dropped by – always wonderful to chat with you, friend. Hugs.

  5. We had a similar list this week and I am absolutely right there with you on The Hunger Games! I absolutely don't want to go to that world!

  6. Okay, just looked up the book set in 1906 and I definitely wouldn't want to live in that bookish world either! Super fun list to read!

    1. It's not terrifying in the same way a Zombie world is, but still… it wouldn't want to be a world I'd have to live in. ;)

      Thanks for visiting, Daniela.

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