We’ve all become engrossed so much in a work of fiction that we imagine what our own lives could have been like should it be an actual place. While not every fictional world is a utopia, there are definitely quite a few that people would happily live in, even while knowing the evil that lurks in the world. Here’s a quick list of the eight best fictional worlds we all would want to live in—or at least visit from time to time.
For many, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series is the ultimate fantasy. Here, you can learn spells, brew potions, and befriend magical creatures. The idea of receiving your letter to Hogwarts and joining fellow witches and wizards is a dream shared by millions. Sure, there are the Death Eaters and whatnot, but there are just as many good guys ready to stand up against them.
With a world of near-limitless possibilities, it’s no surprise to see the fictional wizarding world on this list. Unfortunately, none of us have gotten our letters, meaning we’re all muggles, or this world doesn’t exist. Luckily, you can play Hogwarts Legacy if you’re itching to use magic, craft potions, and explore Hogwarts in all its glory.
I know what you’re thinking, but let’s look at it from the point of view of after the events of the One Ring. Before that, yes, it would’ve been a pretty bad place to live unless you were an elf or a hobbit before Sauron’s forces made their way there.
Still, the world after the great war is filled with magic, strange beings, and different races. The high-fantasy aspects and diverse landscapes are enticing enough on their own. Visiting the Shire and partying with hobbits does sound like a great bit of fun, doesn’t it? Plus, there’s always an adventure somewhere in the world.
The Force is arguably one of the cooler “superpowers” when it comes to sci-fi fantasy. While we all might not be lucky enough to be Jedi, there are still thousands of worlds to explore and countless alien beings to encounter. From the literal skyscrapers of Coruscant to the wild jungles of Kashyyyk, the possibilities are endless.
Plus, who wouldn’t want to hop on the Millenium Falcon with Han and Chewie for a smuggling run across the galaxy?
For those who prefer exploration over warfare, the Star Trek universe invites you to join Starfleet and explore the final frontier. Encounter new civilizations, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before.
In the world of Star Trek, they’ve also solved the problem of scarcity, meaning that there is no more hunger, and people are essentially free to pursue whatever job they want (within reason) within the world. Picard says it best with, “The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves.”
Before you get up in arms and point out how the whole point of James Cameron’s Avatar is to point out the selfish greed of humanity and our ability to destroy the environments around us, we are talking about Avatar from the point of view of the Na’vi.
Being Na’vi means that you get to experience the lush and awe-inspiring world of Pandora. While you might be able to be one of the very few humans that interacts with them, the ability to jump through the trees, ride a flying beast, and connect with living creatures—and your ancestors—on a supernatural level is beyond our wildest dreams, earning it a spot on our list of the best fictional worlds.
World of Warcraft
If you’re a gamer, World of Warcraft offers Azeroth, a realm teeming with diverse races, classes, and adventures. Choose your faction and explore a vast, ever-evolving world of quests and dungeons. Team up and conquer mythical beasts, defeat evil, and improve your skills until you are almost on the same level as a demigod.
And yes, while there is plenty of death and destruction in World of Warcraft, people never die for good. Just remember to walk back to your body or resurrect in the graveyard for a debuff.
I’m sure anyone who played Pokémon as a kid (or an adult, for that matter) has had the thought, “It would be so sick to have *insert Pokémon here* as a friend.” Whether you’re looking to fly around the globe on the back of a mythical bird that is the embodiment of lightning or go underwater riding a whale, Pokémon has endless possibilities.
With new lands and Pokémon being unveiled all the time, there are countless adventures you could have in the world of Pokémon. Whether you aspire to catch them all, defeat every gym leader, or just explore the world and the environments these creatures inhabit, you can’t go wrong.
Ready Player One
Again, we realize just how dystopian the world of Ready Player One is, and it’s essentially a testament to the fact that people slaving away in a virtual world is only going to be bad—BUT, let’s take a moment to consider just how cool the environment of the OASIS is.
The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination. It’s every video game you could have ever wanted wrapped up into a real-life simulation where you can accomplish whatever your heart is set to desire. While we are limited by our physical bodies and mortality here on Earth, the OASIS offers an escape into a virtual world of endless possibilities.
Just remember to unplug from time to time.
Fictional worlds like these provide an escape from the mundane and offer the chance to experience something extraordinary. Whether you prefer the magic of Hogwarts, the boundless adventure of Middle-earth, or the endless exploration of the Star Trek universe, these fictional realms invite you to explore your imagination and make your dreams come alive.
While we may never physically inhabit these worlds, they continue to inspire us to embrace our sense of wonder and embark on our own adventures, both in reality and within the pages of a good book or the pixels of a game.