If you could go into a work of fiction, what would you pick?

If you could go into a work of fiction, what would you pick?

The ultimate Brain Game winner will win a iPad mini 4 (128gb)

Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post.Then readers vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner. The ultimate Brain Game winner will win an iPad mini 4.

Votes close at midnight on Sunday.

The contestants

Contestant 1

I would pick the world in the How To Train Your Dragon series by British author Cressida Cowell.

I first fell in love with this series in primary school – the books are filled with great plots, has lots of touching moments, and is full of exciting battles. The film How To Train Your Dragon 3 made me fall in love with this place even more. There are lots of things I would do if I could go to this world.

First of all, I would love to meet Hiccup the Viking and the dragon Toothless. Hiccup is my idol because he stays brave and optimistic in the face of hardships, and he is loving and kind to his friends, dragons, and even his enemies. He likes peace, and avoids fighting and arguing as much as possible. I would also like to meet Toothless, as he is very cute. I would totally dance with joy if I got to learn from them.

I would love to live the life of a Viking, especially a life where dragons roam! Dragons in this world are all very adorable (except the dragons kept by the bad guys) and I would love to make some new dragon friends. This would give me a chance to see all the different types and learn more about them. I wouldn’t have to go to school, and I could have fun all day long. Sounds like paradise to me.

Last but not least, I want to go to the dragons’ world called The Hidden World. There, you can find all the different types and kinds of dragon out there, and I want to meet every single one of them. To avoid scaring them, I would turn myself into a dragon and live among them for a bit. I would be able to fly, too! That would be completely amazing, and a real dream come true. I’m going to keep all my fingers and toes crossed that this will come true one day.

Contestant 2

I would enter a “world of pure imagination” – aka, the factory in the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Picture this: the world goes crazy about there being five golden tickets, but it turns out that I’m the lucky child that gets the sixth ticket that was accidentally given out in Hong Kong.

I’d probably ask Willy Wonka, the factory owner, if he eats any of the sweets he makes, but he would probably not answer me properly, and we’d all get taken into the factory.

Inside, I would be able to discover all there is to find out about chocolate. I would try everything but I wouldn’t swim in the chocolate river like Augustus
Gloop did.

Next, I would go into the Inventing Room. I’m an inventor, so I think I would annoy Willy Wonka with questions like: “How does this machine work?”. He would then probably reply that I would be better not knowing, which would be followed by Violet Beauregarde chewing gum that she isn’t allowed to.

I would make friends with Charlie Bucket, and I would feel happy about meeting someone as friendly as him.

In the Nut Room, I would be amused to see the squirrels working. Who would have thought animals could do a better job than machines?

“What an amazing mode of transport!” Charlie would say to me as we get in the glass lift that is used in the factory. I would reply, shaking my head in disappointment, that: “Even this would find itself stuck in traffic in Hong Kong.”

Finally, Willy Wonka would decide to pass the factory to both Charlie and I because we are full of creativity. I would then bring my whole family with me,
and enjoy the rest of my life as a factory co-owner. 

Contestant 3

I would pick the world in the book War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, not because I want to see the wars unfold, but because I want to understand what it takes for people to change. The story follows five rich families in Russia as they live through a French invasion of their country.

Pierre Bezukhov is the son of a very rich count. He falls in love with a beautiful princess, Helene. At first she appears to be loving and loyal, but Pierre soon realises that she will never love him. Helene tries to divorce Pierre so that she can remarry. Helene goes from being a simple society lady to being someone who cheats on her husband, and it made me realise that even the nicest of people can surprise you with how horrible they can turn out to be.

There are other changes that I want to see in person, too – good ones. Nikolai is a man who gambles all his family’s money away. He promises to marry his cousin, but ignores her all the time. Later, when his aunt tries to make him marry Princess Maria, he refuses because he realises he made a promise to Sonya and he has to keep it even though he loves Maria – but he gets a happy ending when Sonya says he doesn’t have to keep his promise to her any more. His transformation from a playboy to a mature man makes me wonder how much more of a better person would he have ended up at the end if he had been mature to begin with?

I want to check out a world in which you have people like Helene, who put her own happiness above everything else, and Nikolai who became a selfless person because of things that happen in the book. 

*In case of dispute, Young Post reserves the right to reserves to decide the result

Edited by Ginny Wong

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
If you could go into a work of fiction, what would you pick?


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