18 January 2018

Would You Survive in the World of Your Favourite Book?

Inspired by The Fandom by Anna Day, I decided to sit down with my favourite books and figure out whether or not I'd make it if I was transported into that book's canon. At first I was filled with giddy excitement - who wouldn't want to visit the world of their favourite book? But as I started seriously considering it, I realised it wouldn't be a walk in the park.

I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith

I would be cold, I would be hungry, and I would miss social media, but I think I'd survive. Heck, I think I'd probably be a bit of a better person for it. I'm not sure where I'd fit in when it comes to canon, the story is pretty contained with little of the outside world.

This is actually a place I dream of being, this is my all time favourite book and that draughty, half-ruined castle feels a little like home already.

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Knowing what I know of this world, I don't think I'd survive. If I was dropped into this terrifying alternate reality, I would probably leave my slave days as late as possible and try and get as much out of my life beforehand.

If I was dropped into a slavetown? I'd be a goner for sure! I can barely walk two miles some days as it is, I definitely couldn't cope with the labour required.

Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick

I'd like to say that I would, but in reality I probably wouldn't. They'd probably think I was a witch, and I'd likely starve or freeze to death.

This author's books have taught me a lot about life in medieval times, and my own mum's knowledge has taught me a little of foraging and natural remedies. But I'd probably end up killing off everyone with my icky modern germs.

Darkmere by Helen Maslin

I'd be absolutely terrified the whole time. While I'm relatively certain that I'd survive, it would depend on whether I was dropped into Kate or Elinor's timeline. In the modern day with Kate, I could probably hack it, but back with Elinor? Nope.

I'd love to explore Darkmere, though maybe not uncover the secrets.

Slated by Teri Terry

The prospect of being dropped into this world is making me rethink my decision to include it. Slated canon is chilling. The world is so similar to our own that I think I might be able to fake it, but also so shockingly different that I don't think I could hide that there was something not right.

If I had a choice I would like to be dropped in to the third book in the series and just live in the Lake District. And not be Slated.

What is your favourite book?
Do you think you would survive?


  1. This is so fun! I don't think I'd survive in Lockwood and Co, or Wells and Wong, but I think Geek Girl would be seriousky awesome :)
    Amy xx

    1. Geek Girl would be amazing!
      But I'd probably end up ghost touched in Lockwood and Co. Either that for barricaded behind iron.

  2. I can guarantee that I would not survive anything 😂 I dont even think I’d find the strength to run if I was being chased by a dinosaur so anything like that is out and I find stacking shelves overwhelming so physical Labour is also out 🙈 I’d be easy pickings xx

  3. Hi, this is a great idea. I love detective books so I don’t think I would survive.

    1. I almost had a detective book on here, but knowing my luck I'd be the victim! Decided to save myself the trouble of imagining it.

  4. I've not read any of these books before though I have Dodie SMith's on my bookshelf! I'd like to think I would survive my favourite book but I'd properly get close to the end before finally perishing. Great post Cora!

  5. Ah this is so hard because it’s hard to choose a favourite! Lol. Most of my favourites are romance books where I would probably survive unhappily because I would want to date the leading guy! Ha!
    But hmmmm id have to say the Hunger Games, and I’d like to think I would survive! (I think I’m
    A lot tougher than I am)

  6. This is so fun! Lovely blog post!


  7. I would probably die if I went into any of my favourite fandom because I am just not athletic enough to outrun my enemies. I guess I better hone my weaponry skills just in case.

  8. This is so interesting! We always want to transport ourselves to the world of our favourite book without considering if we would actually survive. I'd say my favourite book of all time is the hunger games and I don't think my chances of survival are very high in that au!

  9. This is such a good idea for a post omg! My favourite book is about an academy full of spies... I would most definitely not survive

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

    1. Now I'm intrigued about the book! What book is it? I love spy stories.

  10. This is such a brilliant idea for a book post, Cora! I completely agree with you about I Capture The Castle, and Shadows and Strongholds (didn't you just LOVE Fulke?). I don't know the other books so can't comment on that but I would love to live in Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy world. Or Cassandra Clare's world, but only as a Shadowhunter of course :) Fab post, loved reading this! xx

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Fulke+Hawise forever <3
      I'd love to live in Laini Taylor's Prague!

  11. This is such a fun idea and such an interesting thing to think about! You read some very exciting books! My fave book is Eat Pray Love so living out that story would be awesome, I’d love to travel and see new places. Great post Cora! <3

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

  12. One of my fav books is ACOTAR and I think I could survive... I'd try to flirt with Azriel ahahah! Not sure I would have survived in Harry Potter though... nope, I am a muggle ahah

  13. Such an interesting question! One of my favourite books is The Age of Miracles where the Earth's rotation is slowing down and everything is changing and although I love the book, the concept does terrify me slightly so I'm not sure how I'd cope with 72 hour days and nights like they end up having!


    1. It'd be a nope from me! I don't think I'd be able to cope haha. It sounds like an excellent book though.


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