Wanna Live Underground: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday
Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list topic
that one or more of their bloggers will answer.
Everyone is welcome to join.

This week I was pushed to come up with something different. Dystopia, meh, everyone’s hot setting. I am guessing. I try to not read other top ten lists until I am finished with mine. I don’t read a lot of contemporary so a city or high school is out. But I finished listening Cold Days, the most recent Dresden book, today (OMG!) and started listening toThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making to prep for the sequel The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. That was when it hit me. The setting I wanted to focus on was what Kate Winter calls “Girl Underground” stories.  You can read her blog Girl Underground which talks about books and film with this setting and she also explains The Archetype. Basically,

A young girl, who is orphaned or has distant parents, enters the Otherworld/Underworld, often because of a foolish mistake or wish, most notably resulting from dissatisfaction with her life. She is initially aided or guided by a creature from that world. She usually acquires (or brings along) more than one companion, often otherworldly beings or animals, and together they navigate a strange path of labyrinthine nature. They are thwarted along the way by an adversary and the adversary’s minions (a sort of complement to her companions). If the adversary is male (as he often is in the older archetype), there can be some romantic/sexual aspect to their relationship. During the journey, the girl is sometimes drugged, and/or spends some time forgetting herself. She interacts with people or things that are somehow connected to her ‘normal’ life at home, or briefly returns home in the middle of the journey. There is often an issue of time running out, or time behaves strangely. When she nears her goal (the rescue of a loved one, returning to her home, saving the world, or occasionally a personal transformation), she is separated from her companions for awhile, culminating in a one-on-one showdown with the adversary, which frequently involves exposing a fraud (and sometimes resisting his attempts at seducing her to his side). In the end, she is changed irrevocably.

So more succinctly here are my Top Ten Favorite Books With Otherworld/Underworld Setting:

The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Books of Wonder)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

May Bird and the Ever After, Book #1

May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale (Modern Faerie Tale)  Valiant: A Modern Faerie Tale (Modern Faerie Tale)

Tithe, Ironside and Valiant by Holly Black

The Wee Free Men (Discworld)

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1)

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi 

War for the Oaks: A Novel

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I Under Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book II

Wildwood by Colin Meloy/Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente/ The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente

Coraline

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

4 thoughts on “Wanna Live Underground: Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Oooh now there’s an interesting take on setting. I haven’t read any of the books on your list though :/ I’m not hugely into fantasy/otherworldly things honestly, but it’s really cool to see so many making your list!

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