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1foggidawn
Sep 21, 2007, 2:21pm

Okay, we need something to talk about around here while many of us are patiently waiting for the next book/our holds to come in at the library/the paperback to be released. So . . .

If you could bookjump, which book(s) would you like to visit?

2Kerian
Sep 21, 2007, 3:40pm

Oh goodness, I'm not sure. Can I say something now and change my answer later?

Well, I'm sure a trip into Fly by Night would be interesting so long as I wouldn't be found by the wrong people. See, I would bring books with me...I'll say no more than that.

Ah-ha! Of course I'd pick this one, foggi: I could never miss an opportunity to jump into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (Touchstone still horrible it.)

By the way foggi, are you on more than one wait list? (I'm wondering for one of Jasper Fforde perhaps.)

3foggidawn
Sep 21, 2007, 4:07pm

K -- yes, I'm waiting for Thursday Next: First Among Sequels. (Among other things, some of which you know about from elsewhere!)

As far as which books I could jump into, any of the Harry Potter series, though Prisoner of Azkaban is my first choice. Beauty by Robin McKinley has long been a favorite of mine, and I would love to go there, both to the cottage and to the castle. I'd also have a fantastic time in A Midsummer Night's Dream, I think, if I could manage to stay out of the way of the narrative. Maybe I could hide behind a bush and watch . . .

I'm sure there are more, so I'll be back later!

4FionaCat
Sep 21, 2007, 7:48pm

Definitely Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I would also love to jump into any of the Thursday Next books, any of the Redwall books (for the food!), and just about any horse book I read as a kid :)

Would it work with nonfiction? I'd love to jump into Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand or My first summer in the sierra by John Muir.

5foggidawn
Sep 21, 2007, 10:34pm

Ooh, forgot about LotR! The Shire . . . Rivendell . . . Lothlorien . . .

6FionaCat
Sep 22, 2007, 5:03pm

Yeah, I could spend a LOT of time in LotR :) Narnia might be fun, too.

7citygirl
Sep 22, 2007, 9:05pm

I've always wanted to visit Manderley - Rebecca. If I were still a kid I'd want to go hang out with Harriet the Spy and Ole Golly. I wonder if the Mists of Avalon would part for me. And, Kerian, I agree, wouldn't Hogwarts be fun?

8Kell_Smurthwaite
Oct 5, 2007, 4:55pm

I'd love to jump into The Stand by Stephen King (but only if I could guarantee being immune to Captain Trips!), as I'd love to meet Stu Redman, Nick Andros, Larry Underwood and the rest of them.

9aces
Feb 29, 2008, 12:37pm

I'd jump into Sense and Sensibility and The Last Unicorn and too many others to mention!

10AnnaClaire
Feb 29, 2008, 7:01pm

I wouldn't mind seeing if I could find my way into The Mists of Avalon either, citygirl. Most of Pride and Prejudice, too (though during Lydia's absence I'd think I'd just be underfoot).

That's about all the places to play tourist I can think of for fiction, since I read so little of it. As for non-fiction, I wouldn't mind spending a little time in Failure is Impossible (Susan B. Anthony really isn't as sour as photos of her make her seem). If nothing else, I could put a little elbow grease into the suffrage movement!

11missylc
Jul 2, 2008, 11:33am

*waves to folks from my other groups and says hi to folks I don't know here*

I just got introduced to Fforde through The Well of Lost Plots. I'd enjoy book-jumping into something from the Outlander series. Also the Harry Potter series could be fun, as mentioned above.

12jfetting
Aug 17, 2008, 12:41am

I think I want to jump into The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - the characters are so much fun. I would also kinda like to jump into The Well of Lost Plots, actually, or anywhere in Thursday's world.

A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would be fun too. Zipping around the universe and all.

13tiddleyboom
Aug 31, 2008, 4:41pm

I'd kind of like to drop by Romeo and Juliet and tell them to get over it, but then I'd mess up the ending for the whole world.

14jfetting
Edited: Sep 2, 2008, 6:50pm

Brideshead Revisited - the first part, when Charles Ryder is at Oxford and Brideshead and Venice. I'd like to be in all these places, but especially Brideshead.

ETA: re #13 tiddleyboom, I always wanted Romeo and Juliet to end differently. I wouldn't mind if you dropped by and fixed things.

15AnnaClaire
Sep 2, 2008, 7:50pm

Hey, it worked for Jane Eyre, right? ;)

16foggidawn
Sep 2, 2008, 10:51pm

I was reminded of this thread the other night in a conversation with a friend. We were talking about Little Women (spoilers for that book ahead, if anyone cares), and decided that we would like to bookjump in and change the ending so that Jo and Laurie end up together. Amy would be just fine married to Fred Vaughn, and Prof. Baer was born to be an old bachelor anyway, so it would all work out. Really!

17jfetting
Sep 3, 2008, 8:54am

yes! Jo and Laurie should end up together. Speaking of Alcott (more spoilers!!), I'd jump into Rose in Bloom, save Charlie, and marry Rose off to him instead of Max.

Apparently there are a lot of books whose endings I'd change.

18foggidawn
Sep 10, 2008, 8:12pm

#17 -- Ah, no! Mac is the best! He improves so vastly between Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom, whereas Charlie was always kinda slick and insincere.

19tiddleyboom
Sep 23, 2008, 1:10am

I think I'd like to bookjump into The Eyre Affair - then I could jump into any book I want...

20Colinette
Nov 24, 2008, 11:54am

It would have to be my all-time favourite, The Pillars of the Earth... or anything by Rebecca Gablé that is set in Britain (NOT Catan) or, as someone before me said, the Outlander series. Even though I'd probably end up raped and/or killed two pages in ;-)

21AnnaClaire
Nov 24, 2008, 12:06pm

That's exactly why I'd avoid most of Henry V. That said, I'd probably be fairly safe in the prologue.

22Gateaupain
Jun 8, 2009, 12:40pm

Book jumping into P&P's been done.
British television had a wonderful series called "Lost in Austen". Darcy went in the pond again.

Philip

23AnnaClaire
Jun 8, 2009, 12:48pm

>22 Gateaupain:
But that doesn't mean a little tourism is uncalled for. Thursday Next got a lift into Jane Eyre as a girl in The Eyre Affair, and her "ride" (to continue the metaphor, since I can't spell the name) eventually ran tours into the backstory of the Bronte novel.