I have visited the forest moon of Endor, roamed the corridors of Hogwarts, lit a pipe in the Shire, and walked through the busy streets in King's Landing.
These fictional places often mean more to me emotionally than the physical places I have visited. Imagination has no limits. Imagination roams free in the realms of literature, movies, and games. Fictional places also help us look upon our existence from new angles or just a healthy break from contemporary noise.
The omnipotent writer or director creates and populates his worlds. Questions of good and evil, human nature, politics, love, and self-realization are brought to life in contexts that obey their laws. Although the worlds are often described in detail, fictional journeys always allow your imagination to do its magic.
The latter is especially true for literature. Reading leaves much more room for individual interpretation than watching movies or playing games because the world is not delivered in full color and high definition; it is up to you as a reader to fill out the voids using your imagination. The result is that the same fictional world can look very different depending on who the recipient/reader is.
Borduria is not the friendliest country to visit, being a fascist country with a semi totalitarian government. Several Central European countries such as Hungary, Croatia, Albania, and Romania were run by fascist governments before and during World War II. All became client states of the Soviet Union after the war. Hergé's fictional state, Borduria, may be presumed to be in a similar situation.
Waterfall City is an incredible city where humans and dinosaurs live side by side. The culture is as rich as its libraries and museums. James Gurney's Dinotopia is a marvelous place to visit.
The island has a varied landscape and a very diverse climate. You can experience anything from warm and tropical to wintry and snow-filled.
Gotham is the hometown of Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman) in DC Comics' fictional world. It is often portrayed as a dark place with high crime rates yet offers the traveler a lot of beauty and nostalgia.
Gotham's population consists of eccentrics, peculiar individuals with an exaggerated sense of fashion and ideas off the beaten track.
Narnia is a fictional realm of fantasy and magic. It has mythical beasts, talking animals, an evil witch, and heroes to defend all that is good.
Narnia's geography ranges from plains to mountains and offers some spectacular scenery for tourists.
The Shire is a region of J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional Middle-earth, described in The Lord of the Rings and other works.
The Shire is an inland area settled exclusively by hobbits, the Shire-folk, largely sheltered from the goings-on in the rest of Middle-earth. It is in the northwest of the continent, in the region of Eriador and the Kingdom of Arnor.
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