Grossman’s world is a treasure trove of surprises: jaded high school senior Quentin Coldwater first discovers that he is a magician, and then learns that Fillory, the fantasy world where his beloved Fillory and Further books are set, actually exists.
The Magicians Trilogy
You have a superior intellect and you want to put it to use. Like Quentin, you’ve probably grown up comparing fantasy and reality, and you know that the real world is gritty, disappointing, and a bit nonsensical. Yes, your friends may consider you a little cynical, but you know that you’re destined for more, and you always hold out hope for something better. Your ambition and boundless imagination make you restless.
You love the idea of
Fillory, a land fueled by magic, where the throne is the rightful place of
human visitors like you. Yet part of you suspects that deep down, Fillory is just like any other
place — it might be a magical and wonderful land, but there’s no
escaping loneliness, boredom, or even tragedy. That might have bothered you
when you were younger, but now you kind of like that Fillory is a little broken
and complex. Yes, you want to live in a land where you get to ride
hippogriffs and hold court in a spectacular white castle, but you wouldn’t want
Fillory to just be picturesque and perfect. In fact, the very thought of a perfect
world makes you nauseated.
The Chronicles of Narnia
nostalgic for the innocence of childhood, for simpler times when you could
easily tell whether something was good or evil based on its name and
appearance — unlike Edmund Pevensie, you’d never trust anyone referred to as the
White Witch. Though you’re confident in your abilities, you’ve always wanted a
mentor, someone steady, wise, and lion-hearted to point you in the right direction.
You’re OK with your future remaining foggy as long as you can believe that
there’s a rhyme or reason to the way events unfold. You value honor and
integrity, and firmly believe that good is always rewarded. You still spend long afternoons playing
make-believe — and you secretly love the smell of mothballs.
Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
a bit of an underdog, but you have a quiet strength that earns you the respect
of the people you admire. You’re selfless and big-hearted, and always put
others’ needs before your own. However, you have ambition and you’re not one to
walk away from a fight. You have an extravagant side and have always wanted to
swim in a river of chocolate while dancing Oompa Loompas serenade you. (No? Is
that just me? OK then.)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
You’re always up
for a cup of tea and you’re drawn to the wacky and
eccentric. You’re adventurous and always on the lookout for rabbit holes
to fall into. Your friends are always poking fun at your absent-mindedness, but
you can’t help it — you’re a dreamer. At the end of the day, though, you’re just
in it for the adventure. You’re happy to make it home
to dinner — and to never look at another deck of cards again.
The Lord of the Rings
a person who likes a roadmap. No opium-smoking caterpillars for you — you like to
play by the rules. You have the mind of a historian, and you love that
J.R.R. Tolkien took such care to provide a comprehensive backstory for Middle
Earth. I mean, the man drafted some pretty elegant maps, invented new species, and even
wrote a language! (Elvish.) You want to believe that your life has a higher
purpose, and you’re willing to pay any cost to play your part in history.
Dangerous quests with high stakes do not faze you — you may not look like a
warrior, but you have an iron will.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
make friends easily and have a knack for
uncovering other people’s deepest desires. You’re warm
and sweet, and you always earn strangers’ goodwill — somehow, you always run into kind people who are happy to take care of you. But you’re no pushover — you have a confrontational
streak, and you’re not afraid to call someone out for being a fraud. Though, to
be honest, you really like the idea of a villain you can effortlessly defeat
with a bucket of water. (And getting a free pair of shoes out of the trip
doesn’t upset you too much either.)
this one is pretty obvious — I’m just telling you what you already know. You do
not want to be an adult. You just don’t. You refuse to accept
that you are entering a time in your life where you’re solely responsible for,
you know, keeping yourself alive and out of debt. If Peter Pan came knocking at
your bedroom window, you’d be out of there immediately, no questions asked.
His Dark Materials
You’re a big talker and frankly, you hate being alone, which is why you'd love to have a furry companion. You’re a keen judge of character, and you'd love to be able to asses a person's true intentions simply by observing his or her demon. People tend to underestimate you, but you’re smart and crafty — and might just carry the fate of the world on your shoulders.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Harry Potter series
You’ve always wondered where you belong and find the prospect of a hat telling you what kind of person you are extremely comforting. You believe in destiny and are willing to sacrifice anything, even your life, for the greater good. Friendships are at the center of your world: you’d rather be mauled by a three-headed dog than betray one of your friends. You’re a bit traditional and have always wanted to go to a fancy boarding school — admit it, there’s a part of you that just longs to wear a tie with your house colors. I’m with you — I'll just be here sipping my butterbeer until my owl finally arrives.