Sometimes, there's nothing better than forgetting about real life and escaping into someone else's world for a while. Readers who love fiction will relate with me when I say that I wish I could travel through fictional worlds, meet all my favourite characters and experience the most eventful nights in the history of every fandom. My 'Fictional Bucket List' is a list of the things that I would do if I ever got a chance to delve into fantastical lands that imaginative authors have created so meticulously, through the fiction books that they have written. I would like to...
- Have a tea party with the Mad-Hatter:
'Alice in Wonderland' is one of my most favourite children's classics. My imagination of Wonderland describes it as a beautiful, yet scandalous place.
The animosity between the 'Red Queen' and the ‘White Queen', the ‘Mad-Hatter's' friendship with Alice and the 'March Har's' snarky remarks are what makes this novel so gripping.
If I was given an opportunity to visit Wonderland, the first thing I would do is have a tea party with the 'Mad-Hatter'.
Meeting the ‘Dormouse' and the ‘March-Hare' would be interesting. But I swear, if the Hatter tells me that my ‘hair needs cutting', I'm off!
- Attend a day of school with Anne of Green-Gables at Avonlea:
'Anne of Green-Gables' is the touching story of a red-headed and rather unconventional orphan, who turns the lives of two elderly siblings around.
The book series showcases a unique coming-of-age story, set in the late 1800's about the spirited 'Anne' and her guardians, 'Matthew and Marilla'.
If I ever went to the fictional town of 'Avonlea' in Canada, I would sport on the grassy meadows during lunchtime, with 'Diana Barry', who is one of my most favourite characters.
I would also love to chat with 'Ruby Gillis', 'Gilbert Blythe', and many others, get to know what their day-to-day life is like and would want to be taught by the wonderful 'Miss Stacy', who's teaching skills are beyond comparison.
- Assist Sherlock Holmes:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’, may not be the simplest of people around and may have invented the designation, ‘consulting detective’ for himself. But he is, arguably, the best fictional detective ever (sorry Mr.Poirot). Solving crimes with him and ‘Dr. Watson’, would be a dream come true. The best part would be receiving a note from him saying, "Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient, come all the same. S.H." Waiting for ‘Irene Adler’ to show up, looking for clues when the police can’t find any and playing cat-and-mouse with ‘Professor Moriarty’ would be exhilarating.
- Play Capture the Flag with the Demigods at Camp Half Blood:
‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ by Rick Riordan, is a book series filled with action and adventure. It is a wonderful fusion between ‘Greek Mythology’ and the modern era.
If I ever visit Camp Half Blood, I wish to meet the demigods. Especially ‘Percy Jackson’ and ‘Annabeth Chase’. I would also like to be a demigod, preferably the daughter of Zeus.
I’ve always thought that would be cool. Playing Capture the Flag with the demigods would be great! Just thinking about it gives me an adrenaline rush.
- Experiment with Dream-Catching with Sophie and The BFG:
‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl is a sweet tale of the bond formed between a little girl, ‘Sophie’ and a ‘Big Friendly Giant’. The BFG practices Dream-Catching.
It’s almost synonymous with fishing, but he caught dreams instead of fish. I would love to watch him move his ears back and forth, listening for a dream and then trying to catch it by waving his enormous net around.
It would also be fun to help him put it into a jar and listen to him give names to them. I hope the BFG likes me enough to treat me with a ‘golden phizzwizard’ every now and then!
- Play Quidditch with the Gryffindor team:
‘Harry Potter’ by J.K. Rowling is the first book series that I read. As my parents would like to say, my obsession with Harry Potter is ‘Riddikulus’. There is nothing better than a literally magical story about witches and wizards to cheer someone up. Playing Quidditch with the Gryffindor team and feeling the breeze as I fly on my broom is what I’d like to do the most if I ever visited the ‘Wizarding World’. While I’m at it, I might sneak a visit to the ‘Burrow’, where I’ll be greeted by the warm and friendly ‘Weasleys’.
- Spending Christmas at the March house:
‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott is undoubtedly my favourite classic.
It narrates the tale of the March sisters- ‘Jo’, ‘Amy’, ‘Meg’, ‘Beth’ and their beloved mother, ‘Marmee’. I would love to exchange presents with the sisters. Each of them are unique in their own way and spending Christmas with them would be an enriching experience.
I would talk to each of them about their respective fields like writing and painting. There’s just so much to learn from them! We could continue the tradition of performing one of Jo’s plays, too!
- Hunt with Katniss:
‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins is a dystopian trilogy. Although I wouldn’t want to be a part of the ‘Hunger Games’ which is the essence of the series, I would definitely want to make friends with the courageous rebel-with-a-cause, Katniss. Katniss is a very inspiring character. She almost single-handedly provides for her poor family and doesn’t hesitate one bit when it comes to sacrificing herself for her sister. It would be a privilege to learn the art of archery from her and then having learnt, hunt with her.
- Ride a Vampire’s Motorcycle with Jace:
‘The Mortal Instruments’ by Cassandra Clare is an amazing series about Shadowhunters, Vampires, Warlocks and Fairies. The series mostly surrounds Shadowhunters, people who fight demons. If I get to visit their world, I would like to ride a Vampire’s Motorcycle with Jace, one of the main characters. These special motorcycles run on demon-energy, which gives them the ability to fly. Flying in the night sky on a vampire’s motorcycle sounds perfect, doesn’t it?
Shreya, Young Reader and RelayRead Member