When ‘Friends’ was on the air, a lot of people complained about how itinerant twenty-somethings could afford such enormous studio apartments.  For my part, I never worried, as I grew up watching ‘The Monkees,’ where the penniless musicians lived in a giant two story bungalow on the beach in Los Angeles, which had to cost a mint even in 1967.  To be honest, it never mattered to me whether the Ted Mosby’s or Jim Rockfords of the world could actually afford their digs, as long as their homes seemed appropriate to the character, leading to today’s rent-controlled query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also wouldn’t mind living on-board Serenity, if not for the whole ‘getting shot at and usually crashing’ part of the equation, asking: Which fictional home in pop culture would you most like to live in?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I have always dreamed of living on a grand Victorian estate with acres and acres of land somewhere in the British countryside. A huge manor riddled with cobwebbed secret passages whose entrances are concealed by heavy moldering tapestries. Misselthwaite Manor, the home of Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, is the embodiment of the fictional home in pop culture that I would most like to live in, though I may be stretching the concept of “pop culture” by invoking a book published in 1911, or even the movie adaptation that came out in 1993. There is just something so appealing about a place that lends itself so thoroughly to a story to the point where the setting becomes a character. I have always been impressed by the way the film adaptation on The Secret Garden managed to replicate the feat, which is much easier to do with words than with visuals. I you could live in a place like that for years and never uncover all of its secrets, and a life where every day is an adventure, well that, as Barney Stinson would say, is the dream.

  2. I actually have a reasonably well detailed plan for creating a semi-replica of The Doctor’s T.A.R.D.I.S. that involves the “blue box” being situated at the side of a large building (such as a warehouse or other similar building) and actually connected to the building in a way to give the illusion of entering to a “bigger on the inside” interior. Would be the next best thing to living in an actual T.A.R.D.I.S. if I could actually afford to bring the details to life.

    But as for living in an actual living space within the realms of pop culture, I’m torn between two things. The Rustbucket of Ben 10, a seemingly normal RV that happens to have all sorts of secret defensive capabilities and some high tech, possibly alien weaponry; and a nice little Hobbit Hole simply because it would be awesome (imagine hosting D&D night at a home like that).

  3. The Rich mansion (Richie Rich), complete with staff and rooms. I was entertained by a story where Richie and Freckles went on an expedition to find out exactly how many rooms the mansion had. I forget the exact number, though.

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