Hey guys! This is going to be the second post in my fictional favorites series – and I’m talking about my favorite fictional schools. I may hate school in real life with a burning passion, but I have a special love for schools portrayed in books – mainly because they provide opportunities that schools in real life don’t provide.
Battle School – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Battle School from Ender’s Game always sounded so amazing to me. Sure, it’s full of kids being trained in a military fashion to engage in a war with aliens, but the premise and training exercises within the book are so cool. What appealed to me most was always the Battle Room – if you’re unfamiliar with Ender’s Game, the Battle Room was a military training game for the students of Battle School. It’s a bit complicated for me to explain, so I’ll allow the Ender’s Game wiki page to explain for me.
The objective of the Battle Room game was to either freeze all players of the opponent’s army, or to have four soldiers place themselves or their helmets, unfrozen, on the four sides of the enemy’s gate, and have a fifth enter. The game did not technically end until the enemy’s gate was passed in such a manner (unless every member of the opposing army was incapacitated).
St. Vladimir’s Academy – The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
While The Vampire Academy series isn’t a total favorite of mine, it was definitely a really entertaining read – Richelle Mead is a really talented writer, and I really enjoyed reading about the characters and world she created. That being said, while I don’t think I’d ever want to attend St. Vladimir’s Academy, it’s still one of my favorite fictional schools because of all the events that take place during Rose and Lissa’s attendance there. The ridiculous Moroi drama and elitism was nothing if not entertaining to read about.
The Jellicoe School – On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
For those of you who don’t know, On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is my all time favorite contemporary book. I read it a few years ago, and while I’ve read so many amazing books since then, nothing has managed to beat the magic of On the Jellicoe Road. This book (for the most part) takes place in the town of Jellicoe, and the boarding school Taylor attends – the Jellicoe School, which is located in the brush. The students of the Jellicoe School are divided by houses, where they have house leaders, and then The-One-In-Charge, who is the ultimate authority when it comes to the territory wars (more on that to come). Within Jellicoe are also the Townies, who attend the local high school out in town, and, for a 6-week period every year, the Cadets, who come from Sydney for training. Every year, during that 6-week period, the kids from Jellicoe, the Townies, and the Cadets engage in the territory wars, where they fight for different regions of Jellicoe (including, but not limited to, Prayer Tree, Clubhouse, and creek). It’s complete with a Little Purple Book of rules and negotiation and fistfights, and I love everything about it. Knowing me, I’d be super involved in the territory wars and would love it, so because of that, the Jellicoe School holds a special place in my heart.
School Of America in Paris (SOAP) – Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins
The School of America in Paris is exactly what it sounds like – an international boarding school in Paris for wealthy American students. SOAP is a favorite of mine, not necessarily for the school itself – rather, for the students that attended it. From Anna and St. Clair to Isla and Josh, the beautifully written and vibrant characters that Stephanie Perkins has created make the school – and for that reason, it holds a place in my heart as one of my favorite fictional schools.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
And no one is surprised. There’s no way I could create a list of fictional favorites without including Harry Potter in it! Hogwarts is the ultimate fictional school. If I could transfer from my current school to any fictional school that I please, it would, without any hesitation on my part, be Hogwarts. I spent so much time in that school via the pages of my Harry Potter books throughout my childhood, and I would want nothing more than to be able to see it all for real.
These are the 5 fictional schools that I ultimately decided were my favorites – let me know if I missed any, or what your favorite fictional school is! My Fictional Favorites is most likely going to become a weekly series (until I sputter out of fictional things to ramble about), so I hope you all enjoy it. If not, this might end up being me just shouting into the void 😂