August 22 - 25, 2024

Metro Toronto Convention Centre



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Team Picks: Fantasy Worlds

Here at the FAN EXPO HQ, our team is always nerding out over the world of fandom. On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading and playing. This month, we’re diving into some of our favourite fantasy worlds.

The best worldbuilding always invites you in, and fantasy worlds are no exception. With their verdant meadows and cozy dens, fantasy words draw you in and make you want to explore. Today, we’re recounting which of those worlds we most wished were real when we were younger (so that we could go visit).

Here are this month’s picks:

The Cliffs of Insanity

Customer Service Coordinator

I have been watching The Princess Bride for as long as I can remember and it is by far my favourite movie (I also really love the book). When I was little, I always wanted to go see The Cliffs of Insanity or try my luck venturing into The Fire Swamp. Florin just seemed like such a beautifully scenic place with so many interesting landscapes to explore.


Social Media Coordinator

Pandora from Avatar. James Cameron's vision of Pandora was everything I wanted and more from an off-planet civilization. Everything from the landscape, to the colours, the way communities communicated, the wildlife and their belief system - I was sold from start to finish. I can't wait to see what he has in store for the follow up movies. As a side note: I would just love to see what life is like at 10ft tall.


Social Media Coordinator

There was this book series by T.A. Barron called The Merlin Saga that I was absolutely obsessed with as a kid. It was all about a young Merlin mastering his powers on this island called Fincayra. The island was full of magic and fantastical things: giants, talking stones, misty and mysterious forests, and sleeping dragons. Totally spellbinding—I wanted to go there and check it out myself.

Little House on the Prairie

Customer Service Manager

It might not be as fantastical as dragons and wizards, but one of the worlds I spent a lot of time imagining myself in was Little House on the Prairie. I grew up in a household where TV hours were very limited and reading novels and storytelling were encouraged. One of the weekly shows we would watch was Road to Avonlea, my favourite movie was Anne of Green Gables, and my favourite book series was Little House on the Prairie. I had a dress up box full of big dresses with petticoats, I had American Dolls and I was a 'person from the olden days' for more Halloweens than I can count. I was able to relate to the characters while still feeling like I could escape to an imaginary world.


Social Media Coordinator

Narnia. I loved the first movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was younger and thought it was so cool that they entered Narnia through a wardrobe. I thought the scenery was so beautiful and magical. Also, I really wanted to be friends with all the cool creatures (Mr. Tumnus seemed lit).