You Tell Me: What is Your Favorite Fictional City?

The right setting can make a story unforgettable. It can inspire readers to pick up a previously read book just to thumb through familiar pages and picture a city in their mind’s eye.

There have been many great cities in both books and movies. Some made you want to run away screaming, while others made you wish you could pack your bags and move there.

So tell me, what’s your favorite fictional city?

Me, I would have to go for the Gotham City from either Nolan’s or Burton’s Batman movies (but only the first Nolan movie, Batman Begins). I would not want to live in that city or even visit, but the texture of the city – the dank, decayed weariness – is captivating.

What about you?

P.S. Hat tip to Nathan Bransford for asking a similar question last year (he also gets credit for the format of the title).

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Carmen Webster Buxton9 January, 2019

    I would have to say London Below, which is the very non-real version of an alternate London that Neil Gaiman invented for NEVERWHERE.

  2. Disgusting Dude9 January, 2019


  3. Jeffrey F. Smith9 January, 2019

    Haven in Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series

  4. Felix9 January, 2019

    Off the top of my head, the New York in Caves of Steel. It’s not a good place, but does an amazing job of capturing the essence of Communist industrial architecture and life. Doubly so for someone who lived far to the other side of the Iron Curtain. Truly memorable.

  5. Felix10 January, 2019

    On second thought, China Mieville’s titular _Un Lun Dun_ isn’t so bad either. There’s something about the idea of lost, forgotten bits of our lives getting a second chance in a place that’s not quite besides our own world. Much more compelling than the same author’s oh-so-praised Bas-Lag.

  6. country poppy10 January, 2019


  7. Richard Hershberger10 January, 2019

    Gondolin. I’m old school.

  8. Allan White10 January, 2019

    That’s easy… Ankh-Morpork

  9. Henry Vogel11 January, 2019

    Greater Helium. I’m pulp school.

  10. Ros Jackson12 January, 2019

    Thaiburley, from Ian Whates’ City of Dreams and Nightmare. So much vertigo.

  11. Kamen15 January, 2019


    (Of course).


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