Fictional Bucket Lists

by Lindsey A.

We’re all familiar with the idea of the bucket list – a list of things you would like to do over the course of your life. A fictional bucket list is a list of things you would love to do, see, eat, and characters you would love to meet within the fictional worlds of your favorite books. I thought I would share some of mine, and hopefully hear some of yours!

Selections from My Fictional Bucket List

Explore Harry Potter‘s Wizarding World

Is there a Harry Potter fan in existence who hasn’t dreamed of this? I’m not sure I would want to attend Hogwarts as a student. I’m a Ravenclaw and a librarian so I’ll never stop loving knowledge, but I’m so done with exams. I would love to explore the Wizarding World, though, even as a mere magic-less Muggle. My trips to Universal Studios are about as close as I will ever get! The restricted section of the Hogwarts library sounds like a dream come true, and I would drop galleons at Flourish & Blotts.

Have tea with the Bagginses of Middle-Earth

As much as I would love to be an elf, I am definitely a hobbit. I love my creature comforts, and the idea of living in a cozy hole in the ground is so tempting. I would love to break bread with Bilbo or Frodo Baggins and hear more about their adventures through Middle-earth. I also want to visit the elven realms of Rivendell, Lothlórien and Mirkwood (provided I won’t become spider bait) and see the other wonders of Middle-earth, but when it comes to feeling at home, it will always be the Shire for me!

Get spooked at Jane Eyre‘s Thornfield Hall

Maybe I don’t actually want a “madwoman” to visit me in the middle of the night, but I love scaring myself and the gothic atmosphere of Thornfield Hall has always appealed to me. It’s the quintessential gloomy English manor house. A trip to Thornfield might also provide an opportunity to see Edward Rochester in drag as he reads my fortune (one of my favorite parts in the book for its sheer ridiculousness)! At Thornfield, I’d also get to explore the moors without having to deal with crazy Cathy and Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights).

Meet the Unicorn from The Last Unicorn

Here is a book with a film adaptation I watched obsessively as a child. The Red Bull terrified me, but I was so enchanted by the Unicorn that I was willing to put up with him. I finally read the book as a teenager and many years later I still want to get lost in that forest with the Unicorn as my sole companion. What can I say? Like the kitchen maid Molly Grue, I’ve never outgrown unicorns.

Take a trip through time with Anne Rice’s vampires

I’ll never get enough of the Vampire Chronicles, at least not the first several in the series. Anne’s settings are so evocative. I want to see the French Quarter as it was in the nineteenth century when Louis, Lestat and Claudia were living there in splendor. I want to see Marius’ Venetian palazzo in the Italian Renaissance and his shrines to the Egyptian Mother and Father of vampires, Akasha and Enkil. I want to visit Lestat’s crumbling castle in the Auvergne region of France. I want to attend the Théâtre des Vampires! Yes, these books can get cheesy, but I never claimed to be cool.

I don’t want to bombard you with my flights of fancy (there are many more – I’m often lost inside my head), but I would love to hear what is on your fictional bucket list!

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6 responses to “Fictional Bucket Lists”

  1. Cindy says:

    I would love to stay at the B&B in (the fictional) Three Pines…where Louise Penny’s mysteries are set. There’s always a fire going, great food, a “lending library” (ie the bookstore) and interesting characters.

    • Lindsey A. says:

      That sounds delightful, Cindy! I haven’t read the Gamache series yet but I know it’s very popular, and I love a B&B. I read on her website that while Three Pines is fictional, it was inspired by a number of bed and breakfasts she has visited in Quebec. It makes me wonder if any of them are a close match!

  2. Julie says:

    Ditto on this bucket list! Every time I go for hike in my sneakers, I think of Jack Kerouac scrambling up rocks and trails in his traction-less shoes xD Someday I’ll wise up and get boots, until then I’ll just be another Dharma Bum.

  3. Erin L. says:

    I’ve been to the real Pump rooms in Bath and had tea. It was wonderful, but that only makes me want to time travel to see what it was like with everyone in their finery parading around the room back in Regency times. I want to immerse myself in Jane Austen.

    • Lindsey A. says:

      Same, Erin! I especially felt that way when I read Northanger Abbey. I haven’t been to Bath yet, but it’s yet another place on my bucket list!

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