I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
Jessica's post about top 5 favorite fictional characters got me to thinking about other top 5 favorites. One I've been considering for a few days now (yes, it took a few days) is my top 5 favorite fictional places. Specifically, ones I might actually choose to live in, if that were possible.
It was harder than I thought it would be. There are so many fictional worlds I like more for the characters populating them than for the worlds themselves (for example, M.C.A. Hogarth's Pelted Universe). Also, there are so many fictional worlds where there is a high likelihood of dying (or being raped - George R.R. Martin's world in his A Song of Ice and Fire series).
Here's what I finally settled on, in no particular order:
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding world from her Harry Potter series - On the plus side, this world has magic, magical creatures, Hogwarts, amazing foods, moving pictures, etc. On the minus side, it also had Voldemort. I'd want to live in the post-Voldemort wizarding world.
Anne McCaffrey's Pern - I'd be a terrible dragonrider, so I'd mostly want to live here for the opportunity to Impress a fire lizard. Thread would be a problem, though (I don't think I've read any of the post-Thread books - maybe that time would be nicer?).
Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series - This one is kind of funny. The Companions are the main reason this world is on my list, but I wouldn't actually want to be a Herald. I'd do much better as one of the Blues, I think.
Fuyumi Ono's world of the Twelve Kingdoms - This is one of my stranger choices. I love the kirin, and I love the idea of a world where, technically, sex is for recreational purposes only. Every baby, human or animal, is born from eggfruit. As I recall, marriage is required for this, but it's perfectly okay for the marriage to last only as long as is necessary for the eggfruit to be formed. It's a strange world, with some significant drawbacks (like the possibility that free will doesn't exist), but I love it anyway.
Three out of five of these worlds are on the list because of fantasy animal companions. I'm not at all surprised. :)