My Musings for the Week...
Random Weekly Question from March 7th: Which characters (from which book) do you think deserve their own spin-off story? Why?
So, this post is kind of inspired by a Musing Monday post I did a couple of weeks ago. I listed some of my favorite book settings, just a few of them. It got me thinking about all the wonderfully complex settings, in many different books, I wouldn’t visit them even if someone tried to pay me to do it. These are the worlds that I’m really glad don’t actually exist, mostly because they’re dangerous—primary villains, natural disaster type perils, and so on. They make for a good story, I just wouldn’t visit them.
6 books, series, or trilogies with settings I would not visit even if someone paid me to do it...
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman: this book is definitely one of my favorites. However, because of the Other Mother, I would steer clear of this setting.
- The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd: back in the nice little post about favorite settings, this one ended up being on the list. It fit so well with the story, but this is another one I would avoid altogether. There are many reasons for this, but I won’t say—too many spoilers.
- The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas: The world in these books was pretty cool, but the villain turned what would have been a nice place into an absolute nightmare for the main character.
- Mythos Academy Series by Jennifer Estep: The mythology was used in a pretty cool way, but Mythos Academy is a place I would avoid.
- The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken: This is another favorite trilogy. The characters, world building, and plot were all fantastic. Still, I wouldn’t want to visit Bracken’s version of the US. The environment was constantly dangerous, but it made for a really good trilogy.
- The Watchers series by Veronica Wolff: I might not have enjoyed The Keep as much as I did the previous three books. However, this series, undoubtedly, belongs on this list. The Isle of Night was six different kinds of terrible. I wouldn’t go there. Period. End of Discussion. The vampires are my main reason for this—they ruled the Isle, and their rules were unnecessarily strict and completely absolute.
What are you reading this week?