Invented Countries

... and islands, villages, cities, regions, districts, and counties.

I.e., fiction prominently featuring a location that in reality doesn't exist at all -- NOT one that, like the places in Thomas Hardy's "Wessex" and William Faulkner's "Yoknapatawpha County," is actually an identifiable, existing location renamed for purposes of the book.

Also, please focus on books where the fictitious location is at least the size of a village, not just an individual country estate (à la Mansfield Park, Thornfield Hall, Wuthering Heights and the like -- these are ten a penny, especially in Victorian literature and British mysteries), and no fantasy or dystopian novels, either, please ... this list is about fiction essentially set in the existing world. Thanks in advance!

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103 books · 48 voters · list created November 28th, 2010 by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (votes) .
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message 1: by Jon (new)

Jon Terry If no dystopian novels, then why is the Hunger Games trilogy on this list?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Good question -- must have been added while I wasn't monitoring the list. I've removed it, as well as (regretfully) Thomas More's Utopia which, great classic though it is, is pretty much exactly the grandfather of the type of books I do NOT want to see here.


message 3: by Hoyadaisy (new)

Hoyadaisy Some of these are books about real societies (e.g., "Pride and Prejudice"


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Hoyadaisy wrote: "Some of these are books about real societies (e.g., "Pride and Prejudice""

The villages in P&P are fictional, however; that's why I included the book when I created the list. As stated in the list description, it doesn't take an entire country for a book to be eligible (or a fictional "society," whatever that term might imply -- indeed, as also stated in the list description, this list IS concerned with books set in the "real" wold, only amplifying it by an at least village-sized setting not actually geographically in existence).


message 5: by Hoyadaisy (new)

Hoyadaisy Sorry!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) No problem. :)

And if there is anything you do find ambiguous about the list description/parameters, by all means let me know!


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