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If you could leap into the pages of a book & live out a day within that story, where are you going to land?

Asked by ucme (45767points) July 26th, 2011

In other words, which book would you select, affording you the oppurtunity to experience at first hand any given chapter within those pages?
Kind of a fantasy type thingy going on here.
I hope that’s clarified my intent & if so, you may begin.

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Blackberry's avatar

I’d jump into The Metamorphosis and keep Samsa company, since he was so cruelly ostracized :(

marinelife's avatar

I’d jump into one of the Dragonriders of Pern books and attend a hatching as a candidate.

redfeather's avatar

Peter Pan. I’d chill in Neverland with him and have adventures

flutherother's avatar

I would spend a day travelling south through Gondor with Sam and Frodo.

Hibernate's avatar

A day near Oliver Twist. One of his friends.

Fly's avatar

Harry Potter, no question. I would kill to go to Hogwarts!

janbb's avatar

To be with Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice when she goes to Pemberley with the Gardners.

stardust's avatar

There’s so many adventures I’d like to be apart of. At the moment, it’d have to be Athena in The Witch of Portobello

Seelix's avatar

Any of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. I’d love to hang out in Ankh-Morpork for a day.

8Convulsions's avatar

On The Road. Preferably the part where Jack Kerouac is riding in the back of a pickup truck with about 5 other travelers. Drinking whiskey to stay warm and swapping stories of their travels. While the drivers are speeding like mad men across the U.S.

Aethelwine's avatar

I would love to be with Dick and Sally when The Cat In The Hat appeared.

Sunny2's avatar

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’d have to be Charlie, of course. What a thrill.

JessicaRTBH's avatar

I oddly enough would love to be a first hand participant in the Westing Game or even From The Mixed-up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Those books have always been dear to me and I’ve read them a million times hoping to jump in.

redfeather's avatar

@JessicaRTBH I’ve always wanted to be Turtle. Or eat at Hoo’s on First.

JessicaRTBH's avatar

I would pick Turtle too – how funny. Hoo’s on First would be a nice pick as well. It’s such a well written story. I believe the first time I read it I was only like 8 and I remember things from it as if I were there

filmfann's avatar

I agree with @Fly. I would love to go to Hogwarts, so Harry Potter it is!

Coloma's avatar

I’ve always had a secret desire to be a spy or detective, and I’d love to be a woman of the wild west, maybe Annie Oakley. Sooo, books…hmmm, no titles come to mind, just put me in a spy or detective novel or a good western.

Fly's avatar

@JessicaRTBH I loved From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler! I wished I was living in a museum like that when I was little. That would be such a fun story to live out.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Attending the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has always been a dream.

JessicaRTBH's avatar

@ Fly I think a trip to Hogwarts would be so cool! I’m hoping to plan a trip to Universal studios someday to make it to the Harry Potter park which may be similar to the ‘real’ thing :)

Fly's avatar

@JessicaRTBH I went there this summer, and it was amazing. The virtual reality ride was spectacular and probably the most realistic one I have ever ridden. Also, try the butterbeer…it was all I imagined and then some!

kaywizard's avatar

Great question. For me its a tie between The Chrysalids by John Wyndham and Fledgling by Octavia E Butler. David and Shori are two of my all time favorite characters oh and Holly Black’s Tithe.

Schroedes13's avatar

First, I would have to know will I still retain the knowledge I have now? As in would I be myself in the novel or would I become a character within the novel?

linguaphile's avatar

I love many books, but the ones from my youth are more beloved- so I’d want to experience a tesseract in Wrinkle in Time, spend a day playing with Anne of Green Gables, and see the untouched prairie with Laura, but for a more modern book, definitely would love board the Platform 9¾ train at King’s Cross Station and go to Diagon Alley. I think I’ll do well with a hawthorne wand. :D

Preethiop's avatar

No, i prefer to live in real world.

JessicaRTBH's avatar

@linguaphile – I loved Wrinkle in Time! That’s a great book.

linguaphile's avatar

@JessicaRTBH I loved all Madeline L’Engle’s books!

Berserker's avatar

The Book of Shadows by James Reece. It was such a dark and beautiful story, that would have been so cool if I could live out what the protagonist did.

Even if some of it involved fucking demons and getting set on fire…I guess it wouldn’t be all that awesome if I didn’t know the story already and was thrown in there. But eh, I was enchanted while reading, so that’s my pick.

Seelix's avatar

@hawaii_jake – I knew there was a reason I liked you so well :)
Yes, that’s me.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Seelix : I love Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series. He’s brilliant.

Seelix's avatar

@hawaii_jake – Sorry about the link – I just realized I mis-pasted. The link I meant to post is there now – of my Discworld tattoo :)

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Seelix : That’s brilliant!!

Haleth's avatar

A Year in Provence. Every single page of that book is so wonderful and has such affectionate humor. I just want to meet all their quirky neighbors who live in the country, see the goat race, go biking in the beautiful countryside, and eat one of those amazing Provencal meals. Seriously, like half of the book is descriptions of local food like truffle omlettes, salads with fresh local olive oil, crusty french bread, cured meats, fresh fruit, and the wine. Oh my god, the wine, there are just liters and liters of it, fresh and drunk young. Just get me a plane ticket there.

linguaphile's avatar

Ah, another book I’d love to jump into (sorry Ucme, not just one day, but three)- one day in each: Italy, India and Indonesia with Liz Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love.

downtide's avatar

I would love to spend a day hanging out with Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

ucme's avatar

Cheers folks, good stuff.
@Schroedes13 You would be yourself yes.
@Preethiop Waty to chill out, i’d work on that charisma if I were you.

Schroedes13's avatar

Ok. Then if I was myself, I would want to be in The Count of Monte Cristo as on of Edward’s friends when he becomes filthy rich!

kaywizard's avatar

Oh The Secret Garden was a favorite of mine when I was little. I always wanted to see the garden.

lonelydragon's avatar

Another vote for Harry Potter. I always wanted to visit Diagon Alley.

fremen_warrior's avatar

I would assist Muad’dib as one of the Fedaykin in the final assault on the joint Corrino & Harkonnen forces gathered on Dune, riding on top of a great Shai-Hulud!

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