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Listed: Traveling to Another World

The types of fantasy novels that I love most are the types where ordinary, regular, every-day-people get transported somehow to another world. When growing up, to a girl with a crazy overactive imagination, it always appealed to me because, hey! If that happened to other regular people, why couldn’t it happen to me? I would just have to find that magic portal or that magic item that would bring me to another, more exciting world, where even a kid could be a hero.

Years later, that theme still calls to me… and here are some of my favourite ways characters from our world have been transported to another:

  1. A tesseract in A Winkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. Originally Published 1962. LT
  2. Magic rings, wardrobes, and garden doors in The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. LT
  3. By the use of a stone in The Dream of the Stone by Christina Askounis. Originally Published 1993. LT
  4. Falling down a rabbit’s hole in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Originally Published 1865. LT
  5. A tornado in The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum. Originally Published 1900. LT
  6. A puddle in The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. Originally Published 2004. LT
  7. Through a crack in a garden wall in The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Originally Published 2006. LT
  8. By being read into a book in Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Originally Published 2003. LT
  9. A mirror in The Tenth Kingdom by Kathryn Wesley. Originally Published 2000. LT
  10. Through a locked door in Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Originally Published 2002. LT

What are your favourites?

Do you like this feature? You should also check out Librarian’s Book Reviews’ Listless Monday, A Bookshelf Monstrosity’s Books By A Theme and Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog’s Birdwatching.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:55 am November 1, 2010.
Category: Listed

  • Allison

    I like this post because the novel I’m writing for NaNoWriMo involves other worlds and somehow getting there :)

    Narnia is probably my favorite. I haven’t read Inkheart, but this business of being read into a book sounds brilliant and fascinating.

  • Niranjana (Brown Paper)

    Great list!
    I also like the railway platform “gump” in Eva Ibbotson’s The Secret of Platform 13, which pre-dates Harry Potter’s Platform Nine and Three-Quarters by several years.