What books make you want to go and live there?

wavycurly40+wavycurly40+ Posts: 2,017Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I'm reading "The Family Man" by Elinor Lipman, and I wish I could just enter that world and hang out with those people. I often feel this way about her books.

Which books make you want to walk inside them and live for awhile?

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  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,683Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert made me want to plan a trip to Italy! :)
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    Every time I read a Jane Austen book I get a burning desire to live in that time period. The dresses, the cariages, the dances (sigh)
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    Narnia.
  • ruralcurlsruralcurls Posts: 2,574Registered Users
    Anne of Green Gables.
  • roseannadanaroseannadana Posts: 5,633Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'm reading "The Family Man" by Elinor Lipman, and I wish I could just enter that world and hang out with those people. I often feel this way about her books.

    Which books make you want to walk inside them and live for awhile?

    Outlander, but only if I can have young Jamie.

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  • shorticurlzshorticurlz Posts: 1,056Registered Users
    'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' by John Berendt made me want to go live in, or at least visit Savannah...which is kinda tough being on the other side of the world :tongue8:
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  • papayahedpapayahed Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    mdrb wrote: »
    'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' by John Berendt made me want to go live in, or at least visit Savannah...which is kinda tough being on the other side of the world :tongue8:

    I know, right? Except when I go there I want to hang out with that crowd.
  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users Curl Novice
    Jane Austen (any)
    The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
    Anne of Green Gables
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Loch Dubh from M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I really wanted to go to Hogwarts.
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  • kenzie!kenzie! Posts: 5,055Registered Users
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I really wanted to go to Hogwarts.

    I did too!!

    Did you know that in the US its Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?? I was flabbergasted when a friend came back from England with a copy of HP and the Philosopher's Stone for me.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    kenzie! wrote: »
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I really wanted to go to Hogwarts.

    I did too!!

    Did you know that in the US its Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?? I was flabbergasted when a friend came back from England with a copy of HP and the Philosopher's Stone for me.

    Really? Why's that?
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  • kenzie!kenzie! Posts: 5,055Registered Users
    curlylaura wrote: »
    kenzie! wrote: »
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I really wanted to go to Hogwarts.

    I did too!!

    Did you know that in the US its Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?? I was flabbergasted when a friend came back from England with a copy of HP and the Philosopher's Stone for me.

    No idea. But its weird, isn't it??

    Really? Why's that?

    I have no idea!! It's weird though, isn't it?
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,716Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I have wanted to live in Middle Earth since 7th grade. I still do. I know I would love it there. : )
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    kenzie! wrote: »
    curlylaura wrote: »
    kenzie! wrote: »

    I did too!!

    Did you know that in the US its Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?? I was flabbergasted when a friend came back from England with a copy of HP and the Philosopher's Stone for me.

    No idea. But its weird, isn't it??

    Really? Why's that?

    I have no idea!! It's weird though, isn't it?

    Someone (probably religious) must have taken offense from the title.

    Jeep, Middle Earth would be awesome! Me and Frodo would be bestest friends ;)
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Someone (probably religious) must have taken offense from the title.

    I doubt that's it- if they were pandering to religious fanatics, "sorcerer" woud have been more offensive. I'm guessing they just thought they new title would have more appeal for American audiences. (Which is still pretty stupid, IMO...)
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  • lizzlebelizzlelizzlebelizzle Posts: 287Registered Users
    Gemini13 wrote: »
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Someone (probably religious) must have taken offense from the title.

    I doubt that's it- if they were pandering to religious fanatics, "sorcerer" woud have been more offensive. I'm guessing they just thought they new title would have more appeal for American audiences. (Which is still pretty stupid, IMO...)

    Gemini is right -- the publishers thought that American kids wouldn't want to read a book with the world "Philosopher" in the title, so they changed it to Sorcerer to make it sound more action-packed and magical.
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Gemini13 wrote: »
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Someone (probably religious) must have taken offense from the title.

    I doubt that's it- if they were pandering to religious fanatics, "sorcerer" woud have been more offensive. I'm guessing they just thought they new title would have more appeal for American audiences. (Which is still pretty stupid, IMO...)

    Gemini is right -- the publishers thought that American kids wouldn't want to read a book with the world "Philosopher" in the title, so they changed it to Sorcerer to make it sound more action-packed and magical.

    Really? Hmm, so it's marketing then? Does the film have Sorcerer or Philosopher in the title? Also is it called the philosophers stone in the book or the sorcerer's?
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  • GirlWithUkuleleGirlWithUkulele Posts: 150Registered Users
    Definitely Saving Francesca and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. They remind me so much of the kids at my school :) The Alex Rider series made me feel like being a spy for a while :read2: . I only got to read the first two Harry Potter books, but they were awesome :)

    And about the title...I've seen it as both here in Canada, but the first one I saw was "Philosopher's". I've seen that more often than "Sorcerer's" Does Wikipedia mention anything about it?
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Gemini13 wrote: »

    I doubt that's it- if they were pandering to religious fanatics, "sorcerer" woud have been more offensive. I'm guessing they just thought they new title would have more appeal for American audiences. (Which is still pretty stupid, IMO...)

    Gemini is right -- the publishers thought that American kids wouldn't want to read a book with the world "Philosopher" in the title, so they changed it to Sorcerer to make it sound more action-packed and magical.

    Really? Hmm, so it's marketing then? Does the film have Sorcerer or Philosopher in the title? Also is it called the philosophers stone in the book or the sorcerer's?

    Sorcerer for everything. Which leads to an interesting question that I'd never thought of. It's easy enough to "translate" books this way (and they often do translate from the Queen's English to American English, esp. with commercial fiction and children's books). But what about the movies? Did they have to film a scene two different ways anytime they said sorcerer/philosopher? And then put out an English edition as well as an American one?
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  • kenzie!kenzie! Posts: 5,055Registered Users
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Gemini13 wrote: »

    I doubt that's it- if they were pandering to religious fanatics, "sorcerer" woud have been more offensive. I'm guessing they just thought they new title would have more appeal for American audiences. (Which is still pretty stupid, IMO...)

    Gemini is right -- the publishers thought that American kids wouldn't want to read a book with the world "Philosopher" in the title, so they changed it to Sorcerer to make it sound more action-packed and magical.

    Really? Hmm, so it's marketing then? Does the film have Sorcerer or Philosopher in the title? Also is it called the philosophers stone in the book or the sorcerer's?

    Sorcerer's stone in the book AND the movie. I would've read it even if it was the philosopher's stone.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    kenzie! wrote: »
    curlylaura wrote: »

    Gemini is right -- the publishers thought that American kids wouldn't want to read a book with the world "Philosopher" in the title, so they changed it to Sorcerer to make it sound more action-packed and magical.

    Really? Hmm, so it's marketing then? Does the film have Sorcerer or Philosopher in the title? Also is it called the philosophers stone in the book or the sorcerer's?

    Sorcerer's stone in the book AND the movie. I would've read it even if it was the philosopher's stone.

    That must have been pain when they filming it.
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  • anonymous_29030anonymous_29030 Posts: 619Registered Users
    Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations make me want to move to India.
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Narnia.

    It's from my childhood. What can I say?
  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have wanted to live in Middle Earth since 7th grade. I still do. I know I would love it there. : )

    Oh that's a good one.. I could totally see living there too in a little semi-subterranean tree root house. :toothy8:

    I also loved Anne of Green Gables and wanted to be her friend and live in her times too.

    Another one I loved and always will, are the Earth's Children series by Jean Auel (Clan of the Cave Bear).. although the story takes place during the Ice Age, it seems like that would have been an amazing time to be living in.. when humanity was still young, raw, and close to nature. I totally wanted to be wild-woman Ayla..

    And yet another one book I could live in (well not a specific book but a set of myths) is Asgard with the Norse gods.. I could see hanging with Odin, and Thor, and Freya, the Valkyries, the Norns, etc.
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  • StormVixenStormVixen Posts: 14Registered Users
    Jean Auel's Earth's Children series...

    (lol, i didnt see post above before posting this :))
  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    kenzie! wrote: »
    curlylaura wrote: »
    kenzie! wrote: »

    I did too!!

    Did you know that in the US its Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?? I was flabbergasted when a friend came back from England with a copy of HP and the Philosopher's Stone for me.

    No idea. But its weird, isn't it??

    Really? Why's that?

    I have no idea!! It's weird though, isn't it?


    lots of books in the UK are titled differently than the US, not sure why. Georgia Nicholson series is an example of another set of books with different titles.
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  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users Curl Novice
    Yeah. I always found it bizarre they changed the US version. I mean, in the old legends, its always been the 'philosopher's' stone. Because Nicolas Flamel was an alchemist, not a sorcerer.

    I always loved the idea of Inkheart. Its not set in another world, but the ability to bring books to life (and the world's inside them) is very very cool.

    Of course I'd like to go to Hogwarts :D

    Any fictional book set in Medieval times would be fun (for a while) too :D
  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    Lord of the Rings and anything by anne rice.
  • NickalNackNickalNack Posts: 29Registered Users
    Wow... that's actually a good question. The only one I can think of right now is Harry Potter. Most other books I'm left content with being in my own mundane world compared to the stories. I wonder why that is? I guess I should read more books (I have read more than Rowling, btw). I've wanted to read Jane Austen and Anne Rice but just haven't gotten around to it. I'm not sure if manga counts, but most manga I read I do end up wishing I were in their world. Except maybe Naruto. Too violent.
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