?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Little Willow [userpic]

Meme: Five Favorite Fictional Rooms from Children's Literature

November 11th, 2008 (03:11 pm)
thirsty

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: Into the Woods overture

Charlotte posted about her favorite fictional room, which inspired Jen Robinson to post a list of her five favorite fictional rooms.

There are so many stories that have full worlds (fantasy or otherwise) that I'd like to inhabit. It's difficult for me to select five specific rooms. Let's see . . .

As soon as I saw the title of Jen's post, I thought of The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, due to its title and its loveliest - and I knew Jen would list it, too.

I'd love to live in Sunset Towers from The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, of course, so perhaps I ought to say Turtle's room. I want to be Turtle, but that's another story.

Alice doesn't describe her room at home before entering Wonderland; her (first) story begins and ends outside on the riverbank. (Note: Her second story, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, showcases her drawing room. In fact, the story begins and ends there, in her home.) But back to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Have I shared with you all how much I love the scene that takes place in the White Rabbit's house? I haven't, actually. Oh, Bill! Oh, the pebbles! Oh, I'll stop now.

The Childlike Empress is a bit trapped in the Ivory Tower, so I wouldn't select that room, though I'd jump at the chance to portray her in something. Let me go get a grain of sand...

I'd rather have Mary's garden than her room, so that doesn't count.

Anne Shirley's room at Green Gables would be a fantastic place, of course. I'd gladly room there while Matthew and Marilla were still alive and well.

Let's throw in Claudia Kishi's bedroom (since all of The Baby-Sitters Club meetings took place there. I'd love to sit in on a meeting, flip through the BSC notebook, and be in that group of friends. I might snack on pretzels alongside Dawn and Stacey, but I'd pass on the junk food! I would peek in Claudia's hollow books and check out her art pieces in progress.

Last but not least, I would crash in Jenna Blake's dorm room. From the very first time she entered the room in Body Bags, the first book in the Body of Evidence series, I pictured her dorm room looking like the apartment in Three's Company. I don't know why, but it stuck, and that's what it is in my brain every time I read any of the ten books in the series by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala.

What are your favorite fictional rooms?

Comments

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 11th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)

Anne's room offers her favorite books and her own writings. What could be a better way to explore her character's favorite things?

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 11th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)

EXACTLY.
Love the icon!

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)

I have yet to see the film version of Lantern Hill. I really ought to, as it involved Kevin Sullivan, Sarah Polley, Sam Waterson, and Colleen Dewhurst. My goodness, what a cast!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)

I have to admit I've never heard of Lantern Hill, but with Colleen Dewhurst in the cast, it's going right to my to-be-watched list. No one can match her exasperated looks.

Sarah Rettger (who will, one of these days, fix her LJ login. Really.)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)

Hi Sarah!

Sarah Polley is a great actress. She did very well with the Avonlea TV series, so I'm sure she was great in Lantern Hill, too. I must look that up.

Posted by: Barbara Caridad Ferrer (ex_fashioni)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)

The library in The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. To this day, it's my epitome for a library.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)

May we all share it? You, me, and Jen?

Posted by: A Deserving Porcupine (rockinlibrarian)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)

I think all my favorite fictional places are not rooms, but are either entire buildings or are outside places. I'd like Mary's garden, too-- it has four walls. That's a room enough, right?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)

I agree! Mary's garden, all of Wonderland, Sunset Towers, Avonlea, Fantastica...

I am now singing Wick. This makes me very happy.

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)

I have always loved boarding school stories as well. I just felt the need to update this booklist, in fact. Thank you! :)

I have not read any of the Mandie books nor have I seen the new film.

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132286/
http://www.mandiemovies.com/

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)

*grin* Looks like it's being released next year. I hope Lois was involved. How sad that she won't see it.

Posted by: jensbookpage (jensbookpage)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)

Right there with you, LW and Fashionista, about the Velvet Room. Absolutely magical! Thanks for playing, LW.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)

I really ought to post a Zilpha spotlight. Remind me.

Posted by: jensbookpage (jensbookpage)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)

That would be lovely!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)

Seriously, remind me. Sometime in, well, January. ;)

Posted by: charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com (charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)

I love love love Bill! Followed by the Pigeon--"Serpents! There's no pleasing them!"

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)

Hurrah for another Bill fan! I'm slightly obsessed with the scene as it is depicted in my favorite Alice film (the 1972 live-action musical starring Fiona Fullerton, with music by John Barry). Bill's two little sing-song lines post-'flight' are RIGHT up there with the end of the race ("Ooh, prizes, prizes, prizes!") and the Frog Footman ("Or next day maybe?") for best less-than-ten-seconds moments.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Favorite fictional rooms

I always loved Julia's room in A ROOM MADE OF WINDOWS by Eleanor Cameron. Also, Harriet's room in HARRIET THE SPY by Louise Fitzhugh. And, Martha's room at her grandmother's Cape Cod house in OLIVE'S OCEAN by Kevin Henkes. And Lily's screened-porch room over the water at her Gram's house in LILY'S CROSSING by Patricia Reilly Giff.
Barbara B.
http://barbarabakerbooks.blog-city.com

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Favorite fictional rooms

Nice choices! Harriet the Spy is such fun, and Olive's Ocean is wonderful.

Posted by: tortoiselessons.blogspot.com (ext_80074)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Favorite fictional rooms

I second Mary's garden, in The Secret Garden. Alice actually does begin "Looking Glass" in a room--the drawing room--but she leaves it pretty quickly, and I'm not sure it's remarkable for much except the looking glass itself. I might nominate the Retiring Room at the beginning of The Golden Compass, and the Room of Requirement in the Harry Potter series.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Favorite fictional rooms

Yes, Looking Glass does - and ends there as well. I was thinking of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, so I'll clarify that piece of my post. :)

I very much enjoyed His Dark Materials. That scene was such a perfect opener.

Posted by: eluper (eluper)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)

Wait a second. All these comments and no one has mentioned the Chocolate Room in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

I'm going to also have to vote for Milo's room in The Phantom Tollbooth (with the tollbooth set up). I mean, what potential lies beyond that portal!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)

I love The Phantom Tollbooth. :)

Jen picked the Chocolate Room as her #3.

Posted by: A Deserving Porcupine (rockinlibrarian)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)

Hehheh, I usually do that when I'm gardening...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)

*grin*

Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)

I had a parent in yesterday telling me that she didn't understand why her daughter loved The Secret Garden so much. I was like, "Haven't you always wanted a secret garden?" Who doesn't get that?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)

That makes me sad. I wonder if she ever DID want a secret garden, but lost that dream when she grew up.

Now I'm thinking of the parents in The Polar Express - though I was more disturbed when the sister grew up and couldn't hear the bell. I actually portrayed Sister in a play adaptation of The Polar Express, "but that’s another story and shall be told another time."

34 Read Comments