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40 Fictional Worlds From Movies (Arendelle to Xandar)

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Geek, gamer, writer, graphic artist. Ced's favorite shows and adventures are those that allow him to enjoy the world from his bedroom.

40 cinematic universes for movie buffs to explore.

40 cinematic universes for movie buffs to explore.

For over a century, movies have been a gateway to magical worlds that alternately bewitch and terrify. From Oz to Arendelle and from Arrakis to Xandar, cinematic universes feed our need to escape reality.

Here are 40 famous imaginary worlds that have charmed movie lovers for decades. A true movie buff needs to be familiar with these 40 wondrous (and occasionally deadly) fictional worlds. Given the chance, wouldn’t you want to live in some of these universes? Or at least pay a visit?

1. A Galaxy Far, Far Away (Star Wars Franchise)

It’s impossible to include all major planets of the Star Wars universe in a listicle. Listed below are only the key worlds from the cinematic universe:

  • Tatooine: The home planet of the “Forceful” Skywalkers is a desert wasteland constantly scorched by two suns; a fictional world so arid, moisture is a commodity. It is also a haven for crooks, smugglers, and monsters, including a slug-like criminal kingpin and a gruesome subterranean entity that takes several millennia to digest its still-living prey.
  • Alderaan: Earth-like, beautiful Alderaan has only been glimpsed at in the Star Wars movies, but it earned a permanent place in pop culture for being the planet destroyed by the first Death Star. Star Wars fans consider the massacre the representative act of the Empire’s evil.
  • Yavin IV: The lush fourth moon of Yavin Prime was the hiding place of an important Rebel base at the end of A New Hope. Dotted by huge ruins resembling Guatemalan pyramids, the forested fantasy world enjoyed much greater significance in the Expanded Universe (Legends) novels as a planet inseparable from Jedi history.
  • Hoth: The icy, inhospitable world at the start of The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Dagobah: A mysterious and dangerous swamp planet described as brimming with the Force. Unless you are a centuries-old Jedi master with green skin, you will find this dank fictional world hard to appreciate.
  • Bespin: A gas giant with floating mining colonies that double as resorts. The most famous resort is Lando Calrissian’s Cloud City.
  • Endor: Like Yavin IV, another forested moon that was the backdrop for the Empire’s downfall. It is home to the Ewoks, teddy bear-like creatures so adorable, they had to be created for the purpose of merchandising.
  • Coruscant: The de facto capital of the Star Wars universe is an ecumenopolis (i.e., a planet entirely covered by one city). This gleaming planet is the political and social core of the Republic/Empire and home to the Jedi temple.
  • Naboo: The verdant homeworld of Padmé Amidala and Palpatine. The design of its cities incorporated various Mediterranean influences. The planet is also full of swamps that hide cities inside giant bubbles, dwellings of the native Gungans.
  • Kamino: A stormy planet where the Republic’s Clone Army was first produced.
  • Geonosis: A rocky planet full of caverns. Trade Federation Battle Drones were mass-produced here.
  • Mustafar: A fiery, volcanic planet full of lava rivers which hosted the first death duel between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Jakku: A Tatooine-like desert world introduced in 2015’s The Force Awakens. Like Tatooine, it is lawless and inhospitable. Like Tatooine, a young human strong with the Force lives on it.
  • Takodana: The forested world from which the Resistance launched their final assault on Starkiller Base.
  • Starkiller Base: The planet-wide killer weapon of the First Order in The Force Awakens. It is essentially an icy planet terraformed into a Death Star.
  • Ahch-To: The hiding place of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi and location of the first Jedi Temple. It's based on the Skellig Michael crag of Ireland.
  • Cantonica: An arid planet famous/notorious for the exotic Canto Bight resort, itself heavily influenced by the aesthetics of Dubrovnik.
  • Crait: The site of the showdown between the Resistance and the First Order in The Last Jedi. A visually striking world with immense salt plains covering red soil.
  • Passanna: A desert planet in The Rise of Skywalker. Location of a major showdown between Rey and her Force boyfriend, Kylo Ren.
  • Kijimi: A planet tragically destroyed in The Rise of Skywalker, but without the use of an expensive Death Star.
  • Exegol: A hidden Sith planet and hideout of the resurrected Emperor in The Rise of Skywalker. It's surrounded by gravity wells, solar storms, and other dangers, and it's unreachable without a Sith Wayfinder.
  • Jedha: A barren desert moon sacred to believers in the Force. A major source of Kyber crystals, the mineral necessary to create lightsabers.
  • Scarif: A picturesque, tropical world in Rogue One. Location of a high-security Imperial data bank and subsequently decimated by the first Death Star.

2. Ancient Greece (Various)

Since the 1950s, numerous movies have depicted a rugged and dangerous ancient Greece where gods walk among men. Notable cinematic entries from the past include Ray Harryhausen stop-motion gems like Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and Clash of the Titans (1981).

Between 2003 and 2014, movie buffs were treated to modern reinterpretations of classic Greek sagas, such as the remakes of Clash of the Titans (2010) and Immortals (2011). There are also, of course, the many Hercules movies released since the 1960s, ranging from the comical to the valiant to the unbearable.

3. Arendelle (Frozen Franchise)

Based on the scenery of Nærøyfjord in western Norway, Frozen’s Arendelle is an attractive European-style castle city bordering rugged mountains and a fjord. In Frozen 2, it is revealed that Arendelle is also south of the Enchanted Forest, the latter a place where elemental spirits roam free.

The presence of early modern technologies such as monochrome photography suggests the time setting of Arendelle as the 19th century.

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4. Arrakis (Dune)

This is the desert planet at the heart of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Though harsh and arid—and notorious for gigantic sandworms that live in the desert sand—Arrakis is described in the novels as the “most valuable planet in the universe.” The reason for this is simple: It's the only source of the exotic spice, Melange.

Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 adaptation of the first novel included striking geometric buildings at the colonists' home base of the colonists. According to interviews, these structures were inspired by brutalist architecture and Mesopotamian ziggurats.

5. Asgard (Thor Franchise)

The fantasy realm of the Nordic Gods received a modern update in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor franchise. Instead of rustic mead halls and longhouses, Marvel’s Asgard is a shiny and futuristic city that wouldn’t look out of place in a Star Wars movie. The Asgardians even fly space vessels and use a mix of futuristic and classic weapons. Without a doubt, this is one of the most inventive interpretations of Odin's realm in storytelling history.

6. Azeroth (Warcraft)

Heavily inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth—and since its inception, expanded to include influences from a myriad of cultures—Blizzard Entertainment’s Azeroth is more familiar to gamers than movie lovers.

That said, 2016’s Warcraft: The Beginning gave us an extensive look at this mesmerizing, war-torn fantasy world on the big screen, albeit a look restricted to the eastern continent.

Regrettably, with no concrete news about a sequel as of 2022, movie buffs might not get to see Azeroth in cinemas anytime soon.

7. Berk (How to Train Your Dragon Franchise)

Berk was only an embattled Viking settlement when Hiccup first met Toothless. Thanks to the movie sequels and animated series, we now know that the ocean surrounding Berk is home to numerous other Viking strongholds and a hidden dragon sanctuary. It’s a magnificent imaginary world to explore at your leisure, especially if you have a flying dragon as a buddy.

8. Crematoria (The Chronicles of Riddick)

This is the harsh prison moon featured in 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. It is a natural prison, as the surface is completely uninhabitable. In the daytime, the temperature soars to 702 degrees Fahrenheit. During the night, the temperature plunges to -295˚F.

9. Cybertron (Transformers Franchise)

Befitting this franchise, Cybertron is a planet that is also a machine, with chunks of the mantle removed to reveal the interior. Even in its '80s cartoon form, the Transformers' home planet is endlessly fascinating. This visual spectacle of lights and machinery, seen in snatches in the Michael Bay Transformers movies, is one of the most imaginative fictional worlds ever conceptualized.

10. Earth (Various)

Our very own home planet is no stranger to fantasy, speculative fiction, or science fiction movies. Sadly, however, it is more often than not portrayed as a victim of environmental catastrophes or excessive human development.

In Waterworld, human civilization is decimated by global flooding. In the Mad Max franchise, the depletion of oil resulted in cities (somehow) replaced by deserts. In other dystopian movies, such as Blade Runner and Total Recall, technology exists in a tenuous and often dangerous balance with humanity.

Last but not least, there are the monster-infested Earths, the monsters here usually being zombies. Unless you are a battle-hardened adventurer, my guess is you wouldn’t want to be anywhere near these alternate Earths.

11. Eternia (Masters of the Universe Franchise)

He-Man’s Eternia has only been seen once on the big screen, although hours of its medieval “sceneries” and “attractions” are available in cartoon and animation form. With the upcoming Noah Centineo film, though, movie buffs will likely delve into the realm of Grayskull, where technology and magic coexist.

12. Fantasia (The Neverending Story)

Memorably adapted for the big screen in 1984, The Neverending Story tells the strange tale of a boy who becomes part of the magical quest he’s reading. It's implied that viewers of the movie are part of a “never ending” tale as well, with others watching their adventures a la The Truman Show.

As creepy as that is by today’s standards, it just means that Fantasia is the product of childlike imagination. You can have your own Fantasia, with flying puppy-like dragons, any time, any day.

13. Hyboria (Conan Franchise)

Hyboria is a supercontinent and setting for Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian stories. While Howard’s stories depicted a fictional world of substantial complexity and history, the movie adaptations painted a simpler savage realm that was rugged and wild. It can also be inferred that Hyboria in the movies is awfully warm, given the minimal amount of clothing everyone is wearing.

14. Isla Nublar (Jurassic Park Franchise)

Given the average human size—and obvious tastiness—humans won't survive very long on Isla Nublar, or any of the other fictitious islands depicted in the Jurassic Park franchise.

That said, Jurassic World suggested how it could possibly work—in the form of a massive theme park. Properly managed, this “world” would easily be one of the most fascinating and exciting places on Earth to visit.

15. Krypton (Superman Franchise)

Superman’s birth planet of Krypton has been represented in movies in a number of ways. In the 1978 Richard Donner masterpiece, it was a surreal, icy realm. In the post-2010 reboots, a futuristic city-look was adopted, with the entire color palette changed from white to yellow. Whichever version you prefer, Krypton would've been a fascinating place for any movie buff to visit, had it not sadly gone kaboom.

16. Middle Earth (The Lord of the Rings Franchise)

Hands-down the most complex imaginary world ever created, J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth is the template for all high-fantasy magical worlds to follow. Geographically resembling Northern Europe, the vast lands are full of secrets and exotic sites, like hidden elven cities, haunted ruins, sinister spires, and picturesque hamlets.

Even the bellies of its mountains are an adventurer’s dream, hollowed out to form massive subterranean Dwarven cities and forbidden temples. Just be careful not to wander into a Balrog’s den if exploring such underground lairs. Even renowned wizards might have trouble walking away from such fiery encounters.

17. Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia Franchise)

C.S. Lewis’ Narnia is a vast, geographically diverse fantasy land full of magical creatures, accessible by walking through an English wardrobe. Three things to note about this famous imaginary world:

  1. Narnia is the main kingdom, though the name is often used to refer to the entire realm.
  2. Magic is everywhere, but not easily accessible by humans.
  3. Lastly, only human children can visit Narnia. Not even High King Peter can re-enter Narnia once of adult age. Within the books, this phenomenon was explained as humans losing the ability to wonder as they age. In literary terms, it was Lewis’ celebration and lament of childhood innocence.

18. Neverland (Peter Pan)

With pirates, a dainty fairy, and even an obsessive crocodile, the movie versions of J.M. Barrie’s Neverland aren’t exactly safe. But, for spirited children, it's a perfect tropical island paradise.

It's worth noting that some inhabitants of Neverland do not age, as they “refuse to grow up.” This has led to Barrie’s magical realm being used as a metaphor for immortality, escapism, and even the afterlife.

19. OASIS (Ready Player One)

If you’re undecided about which imaginary world you would want to visit, then the OASIS is your obvious choice. The acronym for Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation, Ernest Cline’s homage to pop culture is a cyber universe containing everything and anything.

You could be a Jedi on one planet, Link the Hyrule savior on another, even Gandalf himself on a rocky moon ruled by Freddy Krueger. Within Steven Spielberg’s 2018 movie adaptation, near a hundred references to games, movies, and animation appear, and this is a fraction of what Cline implied in his 2011 novel.

As the story goes, humans in the resource-depleted Earth of Ready Player One became hopelessly addicted to the OASIS for escapism and indulgence. If such a digital fantasy realm existed, I'm pretty sure a real-life movie buff wouldn't leave.

20. Oz (The Wizard of Oz Franchise)

Lyman Frank Baum’s Oz was one of the very first imaginary worlds to hit the silver screen, and its gorgeous reinterpretations continue to delight. Conceptualized by Baum to appeal to children, it was spiced up with hidden elements intended for adults. The most famous landmarks of Oz are its single-colored wonders like the Yellow Brick Road, Emerald City, and Dorothy's ruby red slippers.

21. Pandora (Avatar)

James Cameron’s Pandora is an extraterrestrial planet threatened by aggressive (Earth) future-tech, while also alive with shamanistic magic, flying beasts, and floating mountains. Many lifeforms on Pandora additionally possess bioluminescent abilities, allowing them to glow in the dark. Lastly, the flora of the moon is electrochemically interlinked, thus forming a planet-wide sentience known to the native Na'vi race as Eywa.

22. Panem (The Hunger Games Franchise)

Another alternate Earth in a dystopian future, Panem is said to be the remnants of North America after a series of ecological disasters and a devastating war. As is well known among movie buffs, the totalitarian state is divided into various districts, each district responsible for one type of production and governed by the Capitol with an iron fist.

From the movie trilogy starring Jennifer Lawrence, it is also obvious that Panem possesses technology more advanced than ours—although the tech is used almost exclusively for oppression and the brutal Hunger Games.

Panem is not a place you’d ever want to live in, let alone visit, even if you were an esteemed citizen of the Capitol. Who knows? Your luck may run out and leave you fighting for your life in the Games.

23. Solaris (Solaris)

Based on the 1961 novel by Stanisław Lem, the eponymous planet in the 1972 film is among the most mysterious imaginary worlds ever created. The entire surface of the planet is covered by a sentient ocean, one completely beyond human comprehension and capable of manifesting reality. The purpose of the ocean’s seemingly irrational actions remains a topic of discussion among literary and film aficionados to this day.

24. Star Trek Planets (Star Trek Franchise)

As with the Star Wars galaxy, fictional planets in the Star Trek universe are too many to include in one list. The following are the major locations from the feature films:

  • Earth: While not entirely free of crises, Star Trek’s Earth reflects creator Gene Roddenberry's vision for humanity: that of a united human race devoted to peace, inclusivity, and exploration. “Sol III” was also the headquarters of Starfleet.
  • Vulcan: Canonically, the Vulcans were the first alien race to make contact with the humans. Renowned for their stoicism and staunch faith in logic, the Vulcans’ home planet was hot and harsh, largely covered by deserts and mountains. In the alternate timeline of the 2009 film series (aka the Kelvin Timeline), Vulcan was completely destroyed by a black hole bomb.
  • Genesis: The planet created by the Genesis Device following the events of The Wrath of Khan. It was described as having “all the varieties” of Earth’s climate and geology within a few hours’ walk.
  • Nimbus III: The “planet of galactic peace” was located in the Neutral Zone and desert-like. It was also the site of the hostage situation in The Final Frontier.
  • Sha Ka Ree: A planet at the center of the Star Trek galaxy, believed to be where creation began. Protected by a barrier and the prison of an entity that was both god-like and malicious.
  • Rura Penthe: An icy asteroid prison in The Undiscovered Country. Its environment is so harsh, prisoners can't survive for more than a year.
  • Khitomer: A mountainous and beautiful planet in the Beta Quadrant. In The Undiscovered Country, it was the location of an all-important peace conference.
  • Ba'ku: The place you’d want to be if shot by a phaser. The planet's rings produce a unique form of metaphasic radiation that gives residents good health and eternal life. A major location in Insurrection.
  • Romulus and Remus: The twin planets at the heart of the Romulan Star Empire. While Romulus was temperate and featured large bodies of water, Remus was harsh and craggy. The natives of Remus, the Remans, were also fiefs of the Romulans.
  • Yorktown: Not a planet, but a massive Federation space station in Star Trek Beyond. A symbol of unity and progress for the Federation, and formed by six interlocking city-size rings protected by a translucent sphere.
  • Altamid: In Star Trek Beyond, a lush planet hidden within the Necro Cloud Nebula. Geographically diverse and lush, it was previously inhabited by an advanced civilization. Also, the final resting place of the Enterprise in the Kelvin Timeline.

25. Terabithia (Bridge to Terabithia)

Terabithia is unique in that it's an imaginary magical forest created by characters in the film. In fact, it was invented by children struggling with bullying and feeling like outcasts. Based on Katherine Paterson's 1977 novel, Terabithia is filled with magical creatures like The Dark Master, Squoger, Hairy Vulture, and The Giant Troll.

26. The City of a Thousand Planets (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets)

Referred to as the Alpha Intergalactic Space Station in the 2017 movie, “Alpha” is actually Earth’s International Space Station after merging with numerous other space vessels.

A bewildering metallic mess that is strangely mesmerizing to behold, the massive space station is home to a myriad of intergalactic species. It's so large that small vessels can fly within it. The interior of Alpha also contains different zones, habitats, and colonies.

27. The Gaming Worlds of Jumanji (Jumanji Franchise)

What are VR and AR when compared to a game like Jumanji? This magical game began by altering reality around its players. In the newest movies, it auto-upgraded itself and gained the ability to suck players into fantastical gaming worlds.

Within these realms—which echo the settings of popular games like Uncharted and Tomb Raider—players play as gaming stereotypes and can be revived twice before permanent death hits.

28. The Digital Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph

An alternate version of the OASIS (see above), Wreck-It Ralph’s home was originally a series of interconnected gaming worlds. In the first movie, these were games at an arcade.

In the 2018 sequel, the “universe” was expanded immensely when the arcade connected to the Internet, with famous gaming avatars, popular social media platforms, and notorious internet weirdness making appearances.

Plus, with the franchise owned by Disney, the sequel was a showcase (or show-off) of Disney-owned creations. I think Disney fans, gamers, movie buffs, and social media addicts will find this colorful digital realm a paradise.

29. The Imaginarium (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus)

It is more accurate to describe the Imaginarium as an illusionary trap, although its victims would feel otherwise. An instrument of the Devil, the Imaginarium was capable of manifesting elaborate fantasies based on the desires of its victims. In the 2009 Terry Gilliam movie, it was central to the wager made between the immortal Doctor Parnassus and the Devil.

30. The Labyrinth (Labyrinth)

Jim Henson’s 1986 masterpiece introduced viewers to David Bowie's charming Goblin King, Jareth. When a frustrated Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) wishes that goblins take her crying baby brother away, Jareth obliges. This sends Sarah on a quest to Jareth's castle, at the center of which is the titular labyrinth.

Labyrinth has so many memorable characters, sequences, and locations that contribute to Henson's world-building:

  • Hoggle, a cowardly dwarf who exterminates fairies and collects shiny objects.
  • Ludo, a giant monster, who looks terrifying but is sweet and gentle.
  • Sir Didymus, a fox terrier who thinks he's a knight, has a dog/steed named Ambrosius, and guards the bridge crossing over the Bog of Eternal Stench (of which Hoggle is terrified).
  • A computer-animated owl, one the earliest CGI creatures that actually holds up.
  • Puppeteers creating human faces with their hands. Screenwriter Terry Jones (Monty Python) came up with the idea, and Jim Henson's Creature Shop built a set with a forty-foot drop and used 100 pairs of foam latex gloves.
  • An actual three-dimensional staircase based on Escher’s "Relativity," the heart of Jareth's castle.
  • And if all that wasn't enough, we get Bowie-led musical numbers ("Magic Dance" and "Within You"), in which his crotch figures prominently. Everybody wins!

31. The Lego World (The Lego Movie Franchise)

There are many reasons to love this fictional movie world. It features a slew of pop culture icons at their quirkiest. It features characters called Master Builders, odd Lego refugees who can build anything out of bricks without instructions. What’s not to love about this fantasy toy world, with its brilliant colors and childlike simplicity?

By the way, it's not a world, but a universe. In The Lego Movie 2, the protagonists were able to travel from their hometown of Bricksburg to another star system.

32. The Moors (Maleficent Franchise)

The Moors in Disney’s 2014 Maleficent might seem like the usual enchanted forest with unearthly flora and magical beings. However, the 2019 sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, revealed that there are other magical places in this imaginary world, from the beautiful kingdom of Ulstead to an enormous cavern where tribes of winged beings have taken refuge.

33. The Planet of the Apes (Planet of the Apes Franchise)

It’s more than half a century since the first Ape movie was released in 1968, so there’s little need to conceal the twist ending. The titular planet in this franchise is an alternate, futuristic Earth where apes have achieved human-level intelligence and humans have regressed to being mute primitives. The apes, in magnificent cinematic irony, also despise humans and either kill, enslave, or use Homo sapiens for scientific experiments.

34. The Wizarding World (Harry Potter Franchise)

J.K. Rowling’s amazing mythos synthesizes European fairy tales and children's stories to create a version of Earth alive with magic, but hidden from non-magical “muggles” by the diligent work of an entire ministry. Eight Harry Potter movies were released between 2001 and 2011, followed by a trio of films from the Fantastic Beasts series—with fourth and fifth films in the works.

Famous landmarks in the Wizarding World include stately Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the horrific wizard prison, Azkaban, the headquarters of the Magical Congress of the United States of America, and of course, London’s Platform 9¾. One of the most beloved imaginary worlds ever created, the Wizarding World is sure to enthrall audiences for years to come.

35. The Worlds of the Alien Franchise

No human of sound mind would want to visit any of the moons and planets shown in the Alien franchise. Actually, no human would survive long on any.

  • LV-426: One of three moons orbiting the gas giant Calpamos, LV-426 was foggy, rocky, and environmentally hostile when first seen in Alien. In Aliens, it was renamed as Acheron and was home to a human colony named Hadley’s Hope. In both movies, the Xenomorphs found the desolate planet a delightful nesting ground.
  • Fiorina "Fury" 161: A penal colony and foundry facility that was the main setting for Aliens 3.
  • LV-223: Another moon of Calpamos, the atmosphere and terrain of LV-223 resembles Earth, although the much higher concentration of carbon dioxide makes it inhabitable for humans. In Prometheus, human scientists discovered an abandoned alien outpost here. They also had their first invasive encounter with the predecessors of the Xenomorphs.
  • “The Engineers’ Planet”: The unnamed planet in Alien: Covenant has an Earth-like surface, as well as deserted ruins of a once-great civilization. This is where the android David experimented with (and eventually perfected) the horrific Xenomorphs.

36. Thra (The Dark Crystal Franchise)

Jim Henson’s 1982 masterpiece was a milestone for the animatronics industry, but it wasn’t till the 2019 Netflix prequel series that we had an extensive look at the home world of the cruel Skeksis and gentle urRu.

Thra was the home planet of the Crystal of Truth, a sentient entity that linked all plants, animals, and lesser crystals on Thra, as well as other crystals throughout The Dark Crystal universe.

The premise of the Crystal turning dark is considered by many to be a metaphor for environmental exploitation and degradation. Given contemporary eco-concerns, this is the perfect time to revisit The Dark Crystal.

37. Toontown (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

Toontown isn’t an imaginary world by itself. Neither is it a prison for the Toons in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? But consider this, wouldn’t you want to live in a town where you can walk side-by-side with your favorite (American) cartoon character? Wouldn’t Toontown be your favorite go-to designation on holidays or when you’re feeling down? For fans of classic cartoons, it would be an easy choice.

38. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)

Is it right to consider a factory an entire world? You would say yes if you’ve seen any of the TV or movie adaptations of Roald Dahl’s peculiar novel. Incredibly complex and full of sights you definitely wouldn’t associate with a factory, it’s hard to say for sure how large Willy’s setup even is. There is also the constant unspoken suggestion that the factory itself is a gateway to another dimension.

39. Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland Franchise)

Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland is the perfect example of an imaginary world that is both fascinating and terrifying. In spite of its beauty and adorable creatures, weirdness and danger lurk around every corner.

Some fans of the franchise even consider Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to be the girl’s irreversible descent into insanity. To these fans, there’s meaning hidden behind every creature, every sight, and every incident in this bizarre realm.

40. Xandar (Guardians of the Galaxy Franchise)

The home of the Nova Corps was a major setting in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Unlike other alien worlds, the home planet of the Xandarians was a harmonious blend of futuristic buildings and lush parks, with an abundance of water and clear blue skies. Had Thanos not decimated Xandar for the Power Stone, this would have been the perfect planet in the Andromeda Galaxy.

© 2019 Ced Yong

Comments

Ced Yong (author) from Asia on December 15, 2019:

I read LotR that way too, which I guess is how most people would, given mythology/religious stories are the earliest tales about personal struggles and good versus evil. It was only when I read with the intention to see that I noticed the Christian associations. I consider this proof of Tolkien's skill with allegories.

As for Dune, unfortunately, I attempted to read the first novel at too young an age. It bored and baffled me; goodness, I couldn't finish it. I ought to return to it someday. Probably before the new movie hits.

Jacqueline G Rozell on December 15, 2019:

In the Lord of the Rings books I saw the eternal fight between good and evil but I related it more to the personal struggles within each of us; the constant choices we have every day that affect our own lives and the lives of those around us. I didn't particularly see it relative to the Christian experience. With Narnia, it was easier to relate to the story of Christianity.

Dune is a very layered story and as the first attempt at making a movie of it proved, it's difficult to portray those layers in the limited amount of time given for a movie audience. If one isn't already familiar with the books it could prove difficult to be successful. I enjoyed the books but not with the passion with which I have the Lord of the Rings. Dune, I have read only once, and LOTR I have read so many times I could not count. One of the most profound sentences I have ever read, however, comes from Dune: "Fear is the mind killer."

Liz Westwood from UK on December 15, 2019:

As a child I took CS Lewis's Narnia at face value and literally. Now I understand a little more about the Christian nuances and would read it differently.

Ced Yong (author) from Asia on December 14, 2019:

You know, the curious thing is, I read the Middle Earth and Narnia books as a teen, but I never saw the Christian connections, despite me having taken Biblical Studies too. Now they seem so obvious to me.

Ced Yong (author) from Asia on December 14, 2019:

Thanks Jacqueline. The main reason I added Arrakis is because there's a movie next year. While I'm not exactly optimistic, I believe it would be rather visually memorable.

Or at least I hope it would be. :)

Jacqueline G Rozell on December 14, 2019:

I thought for a moment of adding Dune, but while there was a movie made from the books, it was only one movie, and it is better known for the books. You made a very impressive list.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 14, 2019:

It's interesting also to see how well these imaginary worlds have stood the test of time, because they don't get out of date. Narnia has fascinated several generations.

Ced Yong (author) from Asia on December 13, 2019:

Hey Liz. Thanks for commenting. What's doubly fascinating, for me, is that many of these worlds are allegorical. Middle Earth and Narnia were explorations of Christian beliefs. Neverland was, well, that's still being debated.

Ced Yong (author) from Asia on December 13, 2019:

Hi Jacqueline. I left out Miranda because while the 2005 movie is a cult classic, Serenity is more famous as a series, rather than a movie.

But I acknowledge fans would likely feel Miranda deserves a mention more than entries like Eternia.

Jacqueline G Rozell on December 13, 2019:

How could you leave out Miranda....Firefly?

Liz Westwood from UK on December 13, 2019:

Creativity is boundless in these imaginary worlds.

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