As you might imagine, I am as passionate about the accoutrement surrounding books as I am about books themselves. I was delighted to see Bustle’s list of “10 Fictional Bookstores We Wish We Could Shop In, Because Flourish and Blott’s Is Too Magical To Not Exist.”
Some of them are famous, and really need to be included on any list. These are the ones Bustle included:
The Shop Around the Corner from You’ve Got Mail
We all wish would could visit a bookstore with a children’s hour as cute as those sponsored by Meg Ryan, or find a bookstore owner with an equally encyclopedic knowledge of books.
Embryo Concepts from Funny Face
Two words: Audrey Hepburn.
Women & Women First from Portlandia
I haven’t seen the show so I can’t comment on this one.
Flourish & Blott’s from the Harry Potter Series
We all want to live in Flourish and Blott’s. Magic books in a magical setting, what’s not to love?
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore from Mr. Penumbra’s 24-House Bookstore by Robin Sloan
I am a diehard geek. I was a geek before it was fashionable, and read S/F and Fantasy during its late golden age. To find a bookstore that leads to an uber-geekdom is every gamers dream come true. AND it’s open 24 hours!
Parnassus on Wheels from Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
This would be the ultimate in luxury, a bookstore that comes to me. I know Amazon may seem to promise the same, but it’s not. I can’t browse, handle the books, and enjoy the ones that are beautifully bound before I buy them.
The Village Bookstore from Beauty and the Beast
Singing aside, it’s nice to see someone equally enthusiastic about books.
Geiger’s Bookstore from The Big Sleep
Okay, I’d forgotten this one until it appeared on their list, but Bogart and Bacall smoldering between the stacks is a tough image to beat.
Monsieur Labisse’s Bookstore from Hugo
Both the bookstores featured in the novel (The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick) and the Academy Award Winning movie (Hugo) are enticing, but I have to give Selznick’s visions a winning edge just because the book is always better.
Island Books from The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
Bookstore owner Fikry had no idea the changes that will come into his life through his retail ownership.
I would like to add a few more to the list, although I’ll probably get comments about extending the list beyond the defined “10.”
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Author), Joe Bluhm (Illustrator)
I found the movie before I read the book. While it broke my heart a little to think Morris never found his true love, the books and his patrons obviously filled his life. The short is another Academy Award Winner, so I have to include it on my list.
The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay
The novel setting is based on The Strand Bookstore in New York, which is as close to a magical fictional setting as you’ll find in the real world. I may be cheating, but I had to include it on my list.
The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
I suppose Amy Sachs, author of the Bustle story, didn’t want to include two Morley novels, but I find it hard to choose between them. This follow-up to Parnassus on Wheels actually reveals more about the book trade.
Rays’ Occult Bookstore from Ghostbusters
Bustle included several movies, so here’s one from me. Who ya gonna call?