Show Me the (Fake) Money

It’s no secret that I love books. My wife and I came home from Switzerland and one of the eyebrow raises of our unpacking could have been translated into, “I didn’t know we had this many books.”

My most recent read is The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. While reading it, I realized that one aspect of books that produces such a high affection is there ability to transport. They carry us into conversations and situations and settings. They give us the experience of whatever is unfolding. So with that in mind, here’s a list of fictional things I would absolutely pay money to experience:

  1. A Ronan Lynch snarl (The Raven Boys)
  2. Witness the defense of Tom Robinson by Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  3. Breaking my fast with Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
  4. Attend just one Gatsby bash (The Great Gatsby)
  5. To stand before Aslan (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  6. Or a duel with Reepicheep (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  7. Listen to Kvothe play in the Eolian (The Name of the Wind)
  8. Sit in on a secret meeting between Chade and Fitz (Assassin’s Apprentice)
  9. Be insulted by Sevro at the dinner table (Red Rising)
  10. Wear (and use) Kell’s traveling cloak to visit all three Londons (A Darker Shade of Magic)
  11. Watch Uther Doul fight with the Possible Sword (The Scar)
  12. Witness the statues coming to life in York. (Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell)
  13. Fly on the back of Temeraire (His Majesty’s Dragon)
  14. Play a few hands of cards against Mat Cauthon (Wheel of Time)
  15. Perform a little allomancy (Mistborn)
  16. Eat lunch with Kruppe while trying to escape his endless conversation (Gardens of the Moon)
  17. Navigate using the Marauder’s Map (Harry Potter)
  18. A fistfight with Vernon Dursley (Harry Potter)
  19. Just let me dip my toes in that chocolate river (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  20. Let me roll deep with Two-Bit and the gang (The Outsiders)

You show me where to sign my name, and I’ll show you the money I’ve saved for… any of these.

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