Tuesday Top Ten-Fictional Places to Live

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I’m pretty happy. Things have been…just really good lately. I’ve been really working my butt off to do things that I want to do. I am almost done with this semester of school and I feel that I did well in both of my classes. I am working on this blog harder than ever, store working on getting it out there, ed getting my hands on ARCs and getting interviews with authors, doctor and making it as awesome as possible for you guys that read it. I’m also working hard on my third novel, the novel that I really want to be good and successful, because I want to look for an agent this summer and maybe get my book sold :)

Its also going to be my blog’s one year birthday on Thursday, which is SO exciting and I can’t wait to share the super AWESOME giveaway that will be coming your way in celebration of it all.

I also have a really cool interview with Unremembered author, Jessica Brody, coming VERY soon :)

So things are doing good.

But now on to the purpose of this blog post: The Tuesday Top Ten!

One thing that is really great about books is the worlds that they create. Authors have a way of creating worlds that are so real and so believable and you can’t help but just want to be a part of them. You wish these worlds were real because in your mind, they are real. You can pick up a book and escape into these fantastic worlds and these fantastic places and its just awesome.

So here are some of the fictional places that I wish were real!

10. Westeros-Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire

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Okay, I realize that so far, Westeros isn’t exactly the most fun place to live. You have all these people dying and political strife and this crazy weather thing where you have years of summer and years of winter. But I love the world the George R.R. Martin creates in his Song of Ice and Fire series. Because we get such a realistic world but with such fantastical things as well. We have political strife, and castles, and holdings and a kingdom and knights and all those sort of things but we also hive these gigantic wolves and the white walkers and dragons and its just a world that is so dark and sexy and desirable, despite all the bad shit that is going down in these books. Its that knights and castles and kings and queens world that you loved when you were a kid but better because it recognizes the adult world, and that there was famine and diseases and whore houses. I don’t know, I like it a lot because of both the fantasy and realistic nature of it. I’d be super down to live there…except the whole winter thing. I’m not a big fan of winter.

9. The Shire-The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings

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If anyone makes a comment on my height, I’ll punch them in the face. Especially since I wouldn’t doubt that most hobbits are actually taller than me. How tall are hobbits anyway? I’d probably fit in so well there. I think I want to live in the Shire of all places in Middle Earth because it has such a homey feel to it. I love Rivendell, and how absolutely gorgeous it is but its very…intimidating, I think is the word I’m looking for. Its too much for me to handle. But there’s something comfortable and homey and familiar about the Shire. And the houses are so cute. I would love to live in a little hobbit hole. In the Shire, its all about food and happiness and reading and relaxing and who wouldn’t be into that, especially since I do love reading and I do love food :) It just seems like a very pretty and pleasant place to live. And who knows, maybe I could become best friends with Bilbo or Frodo and go on epic adventures…though I think I’d rather go on adventures with Bilbo and not Frodo. Bilbo had the less scary adventure. And I really want to have a pet rabbit named Bilbo Bunny…okay, I’m getting off topic…

8. Narnia-The Chronicles of Narnia

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I really like Narnia because even when things are going down, its still a pretty and gorgeous world with talking mice and centaurs and beavers and badgers and all that. I’ve already kind of made it clear that I’m not the biggest fan of the books; I understand it was the times but C.S. Lewis had some serious issues with girl characters, especially Susan. And its a little too religious for my tastes. But I do really enjoy the movies and I think they picked some gorgeous locations to shoot the movie. I remember when I watched The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time and the Pevensie children leave Narnia when they’re older and I’m like “WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!?!” I was so mad. I think Narnia is appealing because its such a magical world. It gives me the same kind of feeling that Disneyland does, that feeling of magic and imagination and that feeling of being a kid again and feeling like anything is possible, like children leaders or talking animals and centaurs and good overcoming evil and that sort of thing. Its nice to disappear into such a wholesome and wonderful world for a little bit.

7. Camp Half-Blood-Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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I want to go to Camp Half-Blood so badly! I want to be a demigoddess so badly! I’ve always been fairly obsessed with Greek myths; there’s just something so fascinating about them. I wish I had been born in those times, those were the kind of gods and goddesses that I could really get behind. But I really enjoy the stories especially when you learn how they are the root of some of the words we use or the myths and superstitions that we know now and things like that. They’re really fun stories, especially since these gods and goddesses…they aren’t these perfect beings, they make mistakes too. But anyway, I’d be pretty stoked to have a god/goddess as a parent and have these super cool powers and go on adventures and live in this super cool camp with all these other children who have god parents too. I mean, sit around at home, watching TV and basically do nothing on summer vacation or go to this cool camp where you learn to fight and harness your powers and play a badass version of Capture the Flag and all that? I think you know which one I would pick. I would really like to be Artemis‘s daughter too. I know, not possible, since she swore to be a maiden, and to abstain from men and she would never have a child but…Artemis is such a badass. I remember wanting to name a pet “Artemis” once and my mom was just like “Seriously?” Yes, seriously. Greek myths are awesome and Camp Half-Blood would be a super cool place to live.

6. Enchanted Forest-Once Upon a Time

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I LOVE fairy tales and I would love to live in the Enchanted Forest, where all the fairy tale characters come together and basically live in one spot, especially since Once Upon a Time makes all the girl characters super awesome and kickass. I mean, Snow White? I love her and all but in the Disney movie, she’s SO annoying and she’s SO incredibly dumb in the original story. Ginnifer Goodwin‘s Snow White is super awesome and battle ready and just as strong as the Prince Charming she comes to love. Belle is whip smart, and ready to do what she needs to do to help her father and her kingdom. Red Riding Hood is a werewolf, who learns how to harness her transformation and use it as a tool of survival and battle. Ella (Cinderella) is a whole lot stronger in the show, and is ready to do anything to preserve her family. All of the characters are so different in this show than any other adaptation we see of them. And I’d love to live in this place where magic and fairy tales are real but in a way that I can enjoy them and in a way where I can learn from these seriously amazing and strong female characters. Even though Regina, the Evil Queen, is an evil character, you can still even empathize with her and you can still see her as a strong character. Again, its one of those magical worlds that you’d love to live in.

5. The Queendom of the Fells-Seven Realms Series
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I think a big reason why I would love to live in Cinda William Chima‘s Queendom of Fells is because…well its called the Queendom! The lineage passes through the women of the royal family, not the men, which I find to be VERY interesting and something that we don’t see often. I love that the reason behind is because they worship the first woman of the line, Hanalea, who was their savior. Throughout the year, they hold steadfast confidence in Hanalea and her line of successors and even when things start to get rocky, there are still so many people who are by Raisa‘s side and helping her and supporting her, even though she is only a sixteen year old royal. I also like the diversity that Cinda creates in her kingdoms especially between the people of the capital and then the wizards and the clans. We don’t get this straight across the board sort of country but a country that is full of diverse people. She creates kind of your typical white kingdom with royals and nobles and balls and that sort of thing but she throws the clans in there, and I love the clans because they have such different feels to them. I feel like they have some Native American to them, maybe some African, even some of the Asian cultures as well. I’d be really interested in exploring the very corners of this realm.

4. Tortall-Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, Protector of the Small, Trickster series, Beka Cooper series

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I would absolutely positively die to live in the Tortall realm. Tamora Pierce has written five series that take place in the realm of Tortall (although, admittedly, one mostly takes place in the Copper Isles but the main character is FROM Tortall), and she has created five extremely strong female main protagonists. You have Alanna who disguises herself as a boy for eight years in order to earn her shield and become a knight, the first female knight in a hundred years. You have Daine who has an incredible magical ability to communicate with animals, heal them and to shape shift into any animal of her choice and who is incredibly brave and intelligent and uses it to defend the country she loves. You have Keladry who is the first female to openly try out for her shield to become her knight and to earn her place rightfully. You have Aly, who earns her place as a rebellion spymaster to restore a country’s rightful owners back in place and overthrown the tyrant rulers. Then you have the prequel stories of Beka, who is a soldier of the Provost Dogs, who is fantastically intelligent and brave and able to solve crimes and bring the bad guys down in a time, long before Alanna and Daine, and the rest were even alive. Add in magic, fair and just king and queens, knights and dragons and griffins, fancy dresses, adventures, horses and all sorts of awesome stuff and who on earth wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

3. Idris-The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices

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Idris. Alicante. The City of Glass. The home country for Shadowhunters, their Jerusalem. A small country nestled in Europe, unnoticed by all us mundanes, its a place of beauty and of a world that holds on to the past in looks, while the bustling world goes on around them. In a world where we have square, boring builds, traffic and smog, there’s Idris, a small beautiful country where the Shadowhunters can be themselves and hold a little bit of Mother Earth’s beauty to themselves. And there’s something so appealing and magical about a place that is called the City of Glass. It is very old school. It reminds me of an old French town or Venice, Italy. I imagine canals and little houses and shops and this beautiful private community of extraordinary people. I want to be a Shadowhunter only less than I want to be a wizard or a Jedi and I think the fact that they have this small hidden away country is so awesome. I would love to grow up there, have a country home where I could have a horse to get around and I could learn what it took to be a Shadowhunter and go to dances in Alicante and feel safe and at home. It just seems like a wonderful place to live.

2. The Universe-Star Wars/Doctor Who/Star Trek/Etc. 

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I know, Sara, way to narrow it down there. I mean the universe, the galaxy, as in Doctor Who or Star Wars or even the new Star Trek. There is something really amazing about the fact that there is SO much out there, so many planets and stars and galaxies and there could be absolutely anything out there. There’s so much out there to explore. I wish I lived in a world like Doctor Who or Star Trek where they can explore these worlds and learn new things and see what else is out there besides just us. We are so centered on this planet, we think of ourselves as so important and big but we are so tiny in the grand scheme of things. There is so much out there that we don’t know about and I think it would be an amazing thing to have a TARDIS or a Millennium Falcon or an Enterprise to take us around to see these new worlds and to go on adventures and see the other beauties of the universe. I’m not going to lie, I think I’d be pretty scared at the idea of open space but also incredibly excited as well. The possibilities of the universe are absolutely endless. And when you’re with the Doctor or the Rebel Alliance, you really have the chance to make a difference, to save lives and have incredible adventures.

1. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry-Harry Potter series

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There is literally no other place in the world, both real and fiction, that I would rather be than this school. When you’re 9/10 years old and you’ve just moved from a roomy house to a house with your grandparents where you are sharing a room with your five brothers and sisters and your parents are fighting all the time, and you go to school and you’re teased all the time because, let’s face it, you’re not very girlie and aren’t really sure how to dress yourself properly and you have your nose in a book all the time and reading just isn’t cool, and life just seems to SUCK all the time…and you pick up this book and you find this incredible, amazing world…who wouldn’t fall in love? I would love to go to Hogwarts. I would love to learn magic and explore this ancient and fantastic castle and learn about hippogriffs and unicorns and make crazy potions and all of those things. These books have taught me more than anything else has and Hogwarts was the home that I would go to when reality just seemed to suck too bad, and its where I continue to go when life sucks and I’ve had a bad day. There’s a line in Deathly Hallows where Harry is looking up at Hogwarts castle and recognizing it as his home, as the home of Voldemort and Snape, the abandoned boys. That part gets to me every single time. Its a home for all of us, JKR created a home for us all. “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home” is what she said at the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere and she is so right. There is no place I’d rather be than at Hogwarts :)

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I hope you all enjoyed this week’s Top Ten! What fictional places would you like to live or hang out at? Let me know in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out the previous Top Ten Lists I have made!

Check back in the next couple of days for exciting things, like an interview with Jessica Brody and a HUGE giveaway for my blog’s first birthday!

Top Twelve Fictional Places (Oh Why Can’t They Exist?!)

Some of the best things about all these fandoms I’m obsessed with are the awesome worlds that come along with them. I think that’s partly what makes some of these fandoms so damn awesome: the fact that they’re taking place in some mystical, fictional place where amazing things happen. There are so many fictional worlds out there that I wish really existed and there are definitely places that I wish existed. So, of course, I created a list. I had to. I love lists :D and what a better list than one describing all of my favorite fictional places!

WhataNerdGirlSays’ Top 12 Fictional Places 

12. Pokemon World (Kanto, Johto, Etc). 

Pokemon Blue, Yellow and Red are my favorite video games of all time. They were really the first video games that I got into. I adored the show, I collected the cards, I played the game. Of course I did. To this day, I still love watching the show and playing the game (not so much the cards, I just never could understand it haha). I love the world of Kanto. For one thing, you’re ten years old and you’re ready to leave home and go on an awesome adventure. I don’t think I was old enough to walk home from school when I was ten years old! Then there’s all the awesome people, the pokemon, the training, the cool places to go, the battles, and so on. I wish this place was real! I could totally train pokemon! That or I’d just catch them all and stare at them all day because they’re so damn cute.

11. The Kingdom in Howl’s Moving Castle

“In the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist…”

This mostly comes from Hayao Miyazaki and the Studio Ghibli team. They do an amazing job in all of their movies; their animation is stunning and the artwork is beautiful. This is what makes me want to live in Howl and Sophie’s world, known as Ingary in the books. I don’t know that they ever call it by anything in the movies but its called Ingary in the books. Yeah, the kingdoms are a little screwed up in their pointless war, but once that’s all done, I feel like it’d be an awesome place to live. The city where the palace is located is bustling and busy and so fantastically metropolitan. Then there’s the beach front town where Howl’s other shop is located where there’s the vast ocean and street market. Plus there’s magic and fancy clothes and it’d be so fun to do all of that. Oh yeah, and I want a fire demon named Calcifer, voiced by Billy Crystal.

10. Hundred Acre Wood

“Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.”

 I have a completely unhealthy obsession with Winnie the Pooh for a fangirl of twenty-four. I ADORE Winnie the Pooh. I love the old A.A. Milne stories and I can’t get enough of the Disney adaptations. I will sit on that ride over and over again at DisneyLand and you can catch me singing various songs from the movies at any point in time. Is it no wonder that I think it would absolutely and totally brilliant to live in the Hundred Acre Wood. When I think of the Hundred Acre Wood, I think of childhood. It represents childhood so much; think of the last original Disney movie where Christopher Robin leaves the forest to grow up and go to school. And who doesn’t want to revisit their childhood when it involves adventures with a silly ‘ol bear and a nervous little piglet and a gloomy donkey and a bouncy tigger? I know this girl does.

8. Rivendell/the Shire

“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?”

I’d like to say that I would love to just live in Middle Earth, but besides Rivendell and the Shire, Middle Earth kind of scares me, even after its saved. It’s so vast and unknown and there are so many creatures of unknown out there and it seems so dangerous. I like to stick close to home. Hobbits don’t stray to far from home, and some people may not like that much, but I don’t think there’s much harm in that. Of course, I want adventures and fun, but in the end, I love coming home. And the Shire is a quaint little countryside home that is perfect for those Hobbits. Besides, I would fit in sooooo well with Hobbits. And there’s Rivendell, where the lure is just the beauty and mysteriousness of it. Elves are such a mystery, even after all the encounters you have with them. They’re gorgeous (hello, Orlando Bloom in a wig. Hubba hubba). There is something very magical about Rivendell.

8. The Burrow

 

“It’s not much, but its home.”

I am part of a big family. I so know what its like to be a Weasley. There are seven kids in the Weasley family and there are six in my family. I think this is partly why Ron is one of my favorite characters; I can totally relate on the whole big family thing. That being said, the Burrow just sounds like everything I could’ve ever wanted in a home. It has the family together in once place, being a family together. It doesn’t have a forced feeling. It’s a real home, with messes in the rooms and the gardens, and homemade blankets and sweaters all over the place and a homemade dinner every night. Even though the Weasleys are poor, they have the Burrow and the Burrow is their home. It feels like a home. Its where their family gathers to be TOGETHER. Its where Harry gets his real, first experience on what its like to have a home and a family. And that fact that it’s a hodgepodge of rooms and additions makes it that much better. Like everything else Weasley, it’s a little crooked, a little out of place, but perfect in every way.

7. Narnia

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!”

Now I’ve probably said it about a million times already, but I mean MOVIE Narnia, not book Narnia. My quote is from the books, and don’t get me wrong, I do like the books but well that’s a whole ‘nother blog post. I like the idea of Narnia, as this secret place that the Pevensies escape to and its where they belong and where they are able to become themselves. If the Hundred Acre Wood was childhood, Narnia is that middle ground, where a child becomes an adult. All the sons of Adam and daughters of Eve that pass into Narnia give to Narnia…but Narnia gives them just as much back. I like the idea of being able to find a secret, magical land in the back of a wardrobe where I’m going to have adventures and learn more about myself and the world.

6. Tortall

 

“Does anyone in this land act like they’re supposed to?”

The quote itself explains it. Tortall is a land of its own, where things happen that seem so out of the ordinary. The King’s Champion is a woman, one of the most powerful mages in all the world is a woman, there’s woman fighting, there’s schools for the lower classes, there’s so much. Tortall has everything a fangirl could need with knights and mages and fantastic creatures and all of that, but it’s so revolutionary at the same time. It shows equality and tolerance. It promotes the idea of educating your population, all of it. It has a king and queen, who get to know their people, who act like normal people. Girls are amazing in Tortall; they’re clever and ambitious and powerful, just as they are in the real world. I would live in Tortall, easily. I could become a female knight or a mage (if I had the Gift) or a scholar or a Queen’s Riders or join the King’s Own. Tortall represents a sort of crazy wishful world, an example of what we should be. It’s not perfect but its near enough and King Jonathan and Queen Thayet work their butts off to make it so.

5. Time and Space in The Tardis

 

“Think you’ve seen it all? Think again. Outside those doors, we might see anything. We could find new worlds, terrifying monsters, impossible things. And if you come with me… nothing will ever be the same again!”

The Doctor has a way of pulling you, making you want to go with him, even though its dangerous. And it IS dangerous. The Doctor gets himself into crazy, insane, dangerous situations where your life, his life, a species life, the universe is at stake. And yet, you see amazing things as well. There’s a reason that his companions are so enamored with him; there’s a reason they’re so attached and they find it nearly impossible to leave. The Doctor gives you the entire universe, a life that is amazing and unique and different every single time. You literally have the entire universe in the palm of your hand. Anywhere in time and space.You can go anywhere you’d want to go. I couldn’t even begin to make a list of the places I wished to see. I wish that the Doctor’s world existed. I wish he existed and he’d take me along with him.

4. Camp Half-Blood

“Keeping Young Heroes Safe from Harm (Mostly) For Over Three Millennia”

I’ve been absolutely obsessed with Greek mythology for a good chunk of my life. It’s fun and it’s interesting. It was the religion of these people; these tales were what they used to explain everything, whether it was to do with the body, or the nature or anything. I remember wanting to name my cat “Artemis” once and everyone made fun of me. It took me awhile before reading the Percy Jackson series because I thought of it as a little kids’ series. Mistake one. Harry Potter is a kids series and I ADORE it. And I adore Percy as well. How cool to be a demigod, with a god or goddess as a parent (though in the book, they all seem pissed at their parents) and to have cool powers and save the world. Camp Half-Blood sounds so COOL. I wish I could live there. Its like all my obsession with Greek mythology come to life! Obviously I couldn’t be a daughter of Artemis, even though she was always my favorite, but I’d imagine being a daughter of Athena. Athena seems like a good Ravenclaw counterpart.

3. The Galaxy

“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes”

I want to be a Jedi. I want to live in the Star Wars universe. I want a lightsaber and a blaster. I want to be Princess Leia. I want to rip Han Solo’s clothes off. I want to fly an X-wing or the Millenium Falcon. I want to race pod-racers. I want to save the galaxy. I want to live by the Force and battle the Dark side. I want to be part of the Rebel Alliance. George Lucas created a wonderful, vast, epic world and who wouldn’t want to be a part of it? The fact that the first movie came out in 1977, over thirty years ago, and still enjoys a crazy popularity just shows how captivating this world is. It has those classic elements of a typical fantasy, with the princess and the “knight in shining armor” with the swords (lightsabers) and the evil empire taking over. It has a magical component, it has the wide old man and the loyal retainers. And yet it is set in this badass science fiction world. Its the best of both.

2. Idris 

“To a Shadowhunter, Idris is always home.” 

Shadowhunters are humans who have angel blood and spend their lives fighting demons, and keeping the earth safe from demons. There are Shadowhunters stationed all across the world to keep it safe but their home is the country of Idris, and its capital city, the glass city, Alicante. It is described in the books as the sort of Jerusalem for Shadowhunters. I want to be part of this world and live in Alicante because I want to be a Shadowhunter and marry Jace Lightwood. I’m half-way kidding with that.There’s something intriguing about a glass city where the world’s most powerful warriors and protectors live.

1. Hogwarts

“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

“Hogwarts was the first and best home he had known. He and Voldemort and Snape, the abandoned boys, had all found home here. ” 

How much do I really have to explain about this? Hogwarts is my home just as much as it was to Harry and Snape and Tom Riddle. It was the first time I ever felt like I was a part of something. I learned the meaning of good and evil, right and wrong, the meaning of friendship, of love, of bravery, of tolerance, of courage, of happiness and sadness, of gain and loss. I get teared up just thinking about it, just reading those quotes by Queen Rowling. There is nothing in this world that has touched me or changed me like these books have. How could I not want to go to Hogwarts? Its enchanting, and mysterious, and fun and wonderful. It’s every good word that is out there. There is no fictional place in the world of movies and books that I wish was real like Hogwarts. Its real for us. It will always be real for us. Always.

So that’s my list of favorite fictional places. I’m sure there’s about a hundred more that you all are thinking of so share them in the comments! You know I always love hearing from you :D

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Eleven Hottest Fictional Characters…Because I Couldn’t Narrow It Down to Ten

The Ten…Excuse Me, tadalafil Eleven Hottest Fictional Characters

This of course is according to me. I’m a fangirl and let’s face it, as much as I love magic and blades and action and battles and just straight up kicking ass, I love it even more when the characters are hot. I love to pine away for those characters that kick ass and win their way into the main character’s hearts…and mine too.

So judge me if you will. This may not be a post to change the world, but if you’re a fan girl like me, you totally are on the same page as me. Don’t deny it. I know it.

Also, damn, it was soooooo hard to narrow it down to eleven.

11. Peter Pevensie from Chronicles of Narnia

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Let me make this quite clear, I mean Peter Pevensie from the movies not the books. Don’t get me wrong, C.S. Lewis created a wonderful world and great stories. However, I have an issue with his views of women and the way he represents Lucy and Susan. I just…I can’t stand it. I like the movies a lot because they give Lucy and Susan especially more action and you all know that I love a girl in action. Moving on, William Moseley is HOT! His British accent melts any girl’s heart. His character is great too, he is a young boy, leading a country torn to pieces against the powerful White Witch. Sir Peter Wolfsbane of Narnia can ride up on his horse any day and I’ll be happy to go along.

Notable quotes: 

“Peter Pevensie, formerly of Finchley. Beaver also mentioned that you planned on turning him into a hat.”

10. Roger Sullivan from Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour 

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For those of you who don’t know where he is from, which I’m sure most of you won’t, Roger Sullivan is the main male character in Morgan Matson’s novel, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. The basic premise of this book is this: Amy refuses to drive after being involved in the car crash that killed her dad. So Roger, the son of her mother’s friend, steps in to drive her across country to her new home. What starts out as a simple drive across the states turns into an adventure where both the characters learn a little about themselves. Roger Sullivan is hot because he’s up for adventure and because he has some awesome taste in music. He spends the whole trip making new playlists, which are listed at the beginning of new chapters and he has GREAT taste. I seriously have a crush on this guy for his music taste alone.

Notable quotes: 

“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for it. Columbus and America. Pinzon, who stumbled on Brazil while looking for the West Indies. Stanley happening on Victoria Falls. And you. Amy Curry, when I was least expecting her.”

9. Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind

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You know the reason why Rhett Butler is so sexy? Its because he is the exact opposite of what a Southern gentleman should’ve been at that time, but he is still successful…and he just doesn’t give a damn. He does what he wants to get what he wants and he is enough to drive any girl nuts. He’s that bad boy that every girl wants. Scarlett sooo wants him the entire novel but she’s not the kind of man she is supposed to want. He’s the bad boy and she has to marry a proper Southern gentleman…until she decides she just doesn’t care anymore and marries him anymore. And she screws up so bad, not realizing how much he loves her and even though it makes me cry every single time because I am so mad at her for messing it all up, I love when Rhett leaves her, so simple, so clean cut. A man with some cajones.

Notable quote(s):

“I believe in Rhett Butler, he’s the only cause I know. The rest doesn’t mean much to me.”

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” 

8. Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle

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He’s a wizard, who has a moving castle, the cutest little apprentice ever in Markl and a charming fire demon named Calcifer. And he loves Sophie, who thinks so little of herself and yet is so extraordinarily special. I love the passion that Howl demonstrates when he tries to protect the people from the bombs in the pointless war and I love how much he wants to protect Sophie. He changes his mind about running away and being a coward and he grows up so much because of Sophie and because of his love for her. That combined with the fact that Christian Bale is the voice for the English dub makes for one awesomely hot character.

 Notable quotes:

Sorry, I’ve had enough of running away, Sophie. Now I’ve got something I want to protect. It’s you.

7. Peeta Mellark From Hunger Games

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I’m sure there are going to be a lot people, the ones who know me at least, who don’t understand why Peeta Mellark isn’t higher on the list. I love Peeta, I adore him, I wanted him over Gale the entire time. He is so…funny and real. He has a way of fitting himself into most situations and getting along with everyone. And he so genuinely loves Katniss, he is willing to die in both the 74th and 75th Hunger Games to save her, he’s constantly fighting and working to protect her, even when he’s not sure how she feels about him. He’s willing to marry her, even though it’s not real, because its a way to protect her. He spins perfect lies to keep her safe. And I adore him for that, even though its so unlikely that a boy could be like that. The only reason he is this low on the list is for one reason…and this is more my little beef with Suzanne Collins. There is a scene where Katniss tells Peeta to stay with her and he says “Always”. I’m sorry, but that line belongs to the one and only Severus Snape. That knocked him down a few points in my book.

Notable quote(s):

“I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.” 

“Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.”

6. William Herondale from the Infernal Devices series

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When I first started reading the Infernal Devices (let me warn you, there will be spoilers), I hated Will. God, what an asshole. Jace was always a jerk (read later) but he wasn’t deliberately vindictive and hateful. Will’s attitude toward Tessa was horrible, especially since you knew Tessa had feelings for him. I loved Jem better easily. But then I read the second book of the series, Clockwork Prince, and you learn why Will is such a jerk and you learn just how much he loves Tessa and…oh god, I changed my mind easily. Will is beautiful, dark hair, blue eyes and he is such a talented Shadowhunter and he loves to read and he loves Tessa. This is one Shadowhunter that I would adore to be with…but not as much as another Shadowhunter…Also I think Logan Lerman would make an awesome Will Herondale if they ever decided to make it into a movie.

Notable quote(s): 

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”

“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.” 

5. The Doctor From Doctor Who

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He is a time traveling alien from Gallifrey who can take you anywhere in time and space and is extremely clever and charming. If you could make a Sara sandwich, I would super appreciate if David Tennant would take one side (the 10th Doctor) and Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) would take the other side. There is not one episode with these two where I am not charmed to no end and where I’m not wishing that the Doctor is going to show up on my doorstep and take me away.

Notable quote(s): I literally could pick a million…seriously

 The Doctor: I said “Rose Tyler”.

Rose: Yeah? …And how was that sentence gonna end?

The Doctor: Does it need saying?

4. Michael Moscovitz from the Princess Diaries

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This is the first real crush that I had on a fictional character when I first read the Princess Diaries back in 7th grade, when I was 12 years old. Michael is the hot older brother of Princess Mia’s best friend; he’s a mature senior, who is insanely smart, and musically talented and super sweet. He’s been in love with Mia for years, awkward little Mia, and he’s a super big geek and he literally was my dream boy for years. Then he comes back from Japan after two years and still loves Mia and is still willing to wait for her. Michael is one of my biggest crushes in books because he has literal things I want in a guy. He’s not a dream boy, or something unattainable, he is real! It’s completely possible to find a boy like Michael, and to be quite honest, my boyfriend has a LOT of similarities to him. And Robert Schwartzman, who plays him in the movie, looks exactly like I pictured.

Notable quotes: 

Roses are red
violets are blue
you may not know this
but I love you too

3. Han Solo from Star Wars

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Sexiest. Man. Alive. My god. I take it back about Michael Moscovitz being my first real fictional character crush. I easily take that back. You wanna talk about the ultimate bad boy softie? Definitely Han Solo, hands down, easily. Harrison Ford was (is) one of the sexiest men alive and he’s played some badass characters: Han Solo, Indiana Jones, the president of the United States, etc, etc. Now, from the time I was about 6 or 7 years old, one of the only things I wanted to be when I grew up was…Princess Leia. And of course I needed my Han Solo to go along with it. I think Han Solo is sexy, charming, brave and hilarious. He has some of the best lines in the movies, easily. Sigh. Every single time Han Solo says “I know” in Empire Strikes Back, I melt. MELT! And its hot as hell.

Notable Quote(s): 

Princess Leia: I love you

Han Solo: I know 

2. Sirius Black

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I have no idea what it is about Sirius Black. Seriously. (Oh, god, completely unintentional pun). He is my second favorite character after Ron Weasley and I think its because I find him so sexy, and not just because the extremely good looking Gary Oldman plays him the movies. I think it’s the way he carries himself. He has a sly sort of humor, and he’s extremely intelligent but he’s human: he’s selfish, he can be mean, he’s impulsive and he’s badass. Dumbledore says stay in the house? Pssh, no one tells Sirius Black what to do. And he comes into Harry’s life, ready to love him and ready to be there for him, to be that father figure that he needs. It’s just so fantastic.

Notable quote(s): 

“We are a part of you. Invisible to anyone else.”

1. Jace Wayland/Morgenstern/Herondale/Lightwood

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I have the biggest damn fan girl crush on Jace Lightwood…it’s insane. I’m like a 12 year-old-girl, writing Mrs. Jace Lightwood all over my notebooks or something. From the minute I met him in City of Bones, I was a goner. He’s was hot, charming and snarky and a badass Shadowhunter. And he’s been raised so rough and he doesn’t believe in love or affection…even family love, until he meets Clary. And then you can see him change, fall in love with Clary and love Alec, Isabelle and Max as his siblings and so on. It’s absolutely positively corny but hell it is sexy. Jace Lightwood gets the biggest fangirl turn on for this list for me.  If I’m in the need of a little boost, or I need to hear some awesomely corny, romantic lines, I pick up one of the first three Mortal Instruments and fall in love with Jace Lightwood alllll over again. Can I just say that I am so bummed that Jamie Bower is playing him in the movie? God, I was hoping for Alex Pettyfer so bad.

Notable quote(s): 

“There is no pretending. I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”  

“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.” 

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So these are the eleven guys of my nerd, fandom, fantasy world that I would not mind in the slightest spending the night with. Now you can judge me all you want, but I think you’re lying when you say you have absolutely no nerd crushes.

So let me know what you think of my list, and tell me yours! I’m dying to fall in love with some of those awesome fictional men out there!

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A New Mode of Transportation

So my goal of the summer, case besides having a wicked awesome time before being literally buried underneath homework at CSUF in the fall, health is to buy a new car.

I love my current car, check especially with all her nerd stickers, but its time to move on. And as I’ve been perusing autotrader, trying to figure out what car I want, I’ve been thinking of all the different modes of transportation in all the fandoms I’m obsessed with.

And then I came up with a list. A list of my top 8 most wanted fictional modes of transportations.

I know, the title kind of sucks…moving on…

8. A Horse (Lord of the Rings/Narnia/Tortall Realm)


I know, a horse isn’t exactly fantastical. We have horses all over the place; there is a small horse ranch about five minutes away from my work. However, I have never actually been on a horse and all those fantasies like Lord of the Rings and Narnia, god even Flynn Rider in Rapunzel, have super awesome horses and knights and battles and they’re all so fun! I would love to be a knight with my stallion, riding into battle!

7. the Black Pearl (Pirates of the Caribbean movies)


Okay, now who didn’t want to be a pirate? Seriously? It doesn’t matter than they were super filthy, hardly ever bathed, were probably covered in lice and were super poor. Pirates are sexy. There’s something awesome about the idea of living on the open sea, on a huge ship, and pillaging and plundering. Of course, if Johnny Depp was on board, I definitely would be down to ride that ship…

6. X-Wing Fighter (Star Wars)

Thank you, George Lucas, for possibly the coolest little fighter ship in the world-though I don’t think it sounds too tough when you call it little. Hey, little things can be tough too. Look at that Ewoks, haha. Anyway, this was one of the coolest things about watching Star Wars when I was little. Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing was super badass and the fact that he had his buddy R2-D2 with him at all times only made it that much cooler. I’m pretty sure my best friend Allison would NOT be too stoked about riding shotgun in this ship.

5. Pegasus (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

Now I’m not going to lie, I’m terrified of heights. Just the mere thought of them, my god, my knees turn so super weak. So that leaves me thinking that riding on the back of what essentially is a flying horse wouldn’t exactly be my cup of tea. But come on, it’s a flying horse! And I’m pretty sure Blackjack, Percy’s Pegasus, would NOT drop me (at least I hope not) and would take me all the way up to Olympus. And unlike Percy,I have no fear of being struck down by Zeus.

4. Flying House (Up)

IT’S A FLYING HOUSE! Its millions and millions of balloons suspending an actual house all the way to South America (It’s like America…but south!). And just like Russell says in the movie, you get to have all your stuff with you when you travel! That sounds like a pretty fantastic thing to me. And don’t you dare tell me that it isn’t real! Some engineers got it into their head that this could be possible and proved it! If you’ve never seen the real Up house, here’s the video for it!

3. The Tardis (Doctor Who)

It’s a box. That’s bigger on the inside. That can travel anywhere in time. And space. AND it has had the sexy David Tennant and the equally as sexy Matt Smith inside. Do I really need to say anymore?

2. Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

“You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought.”–Princess Leia
Now I’ve wanted to be Princess Leia my whole life…and I’ve pretty much wanted to marry Han Solo my whole life. It only makes sense that I’d want to travel in the Millennium Falcon. Its the biggest hunk of junk in the galaxy but its fast and its the ship that blows up the Death Star for good. As long as I have Chewie as my co-pilot, I’m good to go.

1. Firebolt (Harry Potter)

I live for Harry Potter, I breathe, eat, sleep, drink Harry Potter. So of course what I would want the most is Firebolt Racing Broom. Its the fastest broom in the world, you can travel pretty much anywhere and you can play Quidditch, the coolest sport in the world. What more could I possibly want? You know, besides kicking ass in the Quidditch Cup and beating Gryffindor, Slytherin and Hufflepuff?

Now I realize that I literally can have none of these, besides a horse-which is just not logical in Southern California-but its always nice to dream. And as I spend time this summer looking for that perfect car, I can only super hope that I will have as many badass adventures in my car as my favorite characters have had in theirs.