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Okay, on the fourth contest, you guys OUTDID YOURSELVES. This was very tough to call! There were great arguments for everybody from Roger and Mimi from "Rent" to Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala from "Star Wars" to Monica and Chandler from "Friends." You guys love Edward and Bella, Remy & Dexter, Jace and Clary, Anne and Gilbert, Ennis and Jack, Hermione and Snape (in fanfic, all things are possible), Janie and Cabel, Constantine and Rae, not one but two couples named Tony and Maria (whether from "Chasing Windmills" or "West Side Story") and even the originals, Romeo and Juliet.

But ultimately I had to pick a winner, so I went with Patricia, who nominated Alice and Paul from The Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brashares. I haven't read this book yet, but after I saw Patricia's entry, I knew I would have to! And if that's not a great entry, I don't know what is. Patricia, I'll e-mail you about sending off your prizes (the AMAZING Stealing Heaven, plus Evernight and the gift certificate. Everyone else, thanks for creating some amazing entries.

In fact, the entries were so great that I decided this week I'd have to give away multiple prizes ....

Evernight Contest #5:

As you guys probably know by now, Evernight takes place at a boarding school, Evernight Academy, which is a very unusual place (to say the least). So this week's contest is in the school's honor.

The rules: I want you to Tell me your favorite school in fiction. You can pull from movies, books, TV or anything else. Is it Hogwarts? Neptune High? The Constance Billard School for Girls? Tell me why! This can be either the school you'd love to go to or the one you're most glad you don't attend. And yes, it's fine to say "the school where they all get locked up in The Breakfast Club" or something like that if you don't know the exact name. You can even nominate a real school as long as you tell me why it's the perfect setting for that book, TV show, etc. that you love so much.

The prizes: The best entry wins a $100 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. Everybody else who enters will be put into a drawing, and four winners from that group will each receive a $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. So you have two ways to win.

Ready, set, go!

(Finally, has anybody out there heard from hersheekiss358? She was one of two winners last week, but hasn't checked in with an address for me to mail her prize. If you're out there, drop me a line!)
Bard Academy!

What would be more amazing then going to school and being taught by the ghosts of dead authors who are in a sort of purgatory. Also, when the authors or the main character read from special books... it's possible for characters to come alive. The school currently is home of Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights (remember... he disappeared for awhile.) I think it'd be a dream come true... except for the part when Dracula was roaming the area.

My favorite school in fiction is hands down Sunnydale High. During the first three seasons of Buffy, it poignantly reflected Buffy's own struggles with demons and the forces of darkness in her everyday life. In seasons 2 and 3 especially, the writers really used the school and the daily life and trials of a teenager as a brilliant metaphor that snuggled up perfectly with the struggles Buffy was working through as a Slayer. Stand out episodes in my mind are "School Hard", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "What's My Line?" and "Graduation Day" just for starters.

Every time I watch the prom episode and Buffy gets the Class Protector award, I cry like a little tiny girl who just skinned her knee. And then in later seasons, when Buffy got the job as a counselor at the newly rebuilt Sunnydale High? Stroke of genius! Who better than Buffy to get kids through the demons of that high school, real or psychological? Oh Sunnydale, I miss you.

1st runner up? Bayside High School. Who didn't want to be so excited, so excited, so scared? I know I did!!
I would like to take the simple route:


I don't know if I'm the only one to feel this pull--this nagging need--to go to a school like Hogwarts if not the original itself. It doesn't even have to be magical (even though that would be infinitely better and more enjoyable--as well as interesting and unique) but a boarding school where you live in a castle. Where you're divided into four houses--Gryffindor, Ravenclaw(that's me), Hufflepuff, and Slytherin or any new houses alike--and compete for a House Cup. Where each house is like it's own school when competing in sporting events--as much as I'd love to play Quidditch, I'll settle for volleyball. Where you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Great Hall at huge tables filled with whatever food you could possibly want. Where you have beautiful grounds for studying, walking, reading, listening to music or hanging out. Where you have a lake with a kind giant squid swimming around, lifting first years out of the water. Which, oddly, brings me to my next point: Where you spend seven years of your life, the first years coming in by boat, the rest coming in by horsedrawn--or drawn by apparently nothing at all--carraiges. A place where paintings cover the walls, where everything is beautifully old and architectural. A school you love to go to.

A place for escape. A place of inspiring beauty. A place that evokes so much...feeling that it takes your breath away.

Just a boarding school, some friends, a couple teachers, and books. Just an ordinary place of ordinary mundane magic. A place that can be written about with such skill, talent.

My favorite school in fiction isn't Hogwarts itself, it's everything Hogwarts embodies, everything Hogwarts is--can be, everything that I've spent my life wanting. It's a school of knowledge. An actual school with actual learning. It's a school with huge libraries, a school with huge grounds, a school with huge halls and classes and everything. An overwhelming school.

Something you look up to.
Congrats to Patricia!

I think my favorite school in fiction at the moment would be Perkins Day from Sarah Dessen's Lock & Key. It's a place where you'd expect people to be stuck-up and to carry themselves as though they're above everyone else, but even though most of the students come from important families or have loads of money, they have groups that do fundraisers and nice things for others. I also like Perkins Day because of students like Ruby & Olivia, who aren't rich or important, but are eventually happy there anyway.

Ooooh, this is sooo hard...Ok, ok, I'll pick the Gallagher Academy for Girls from Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series. Because, well, it trains spies. The girls learn advanced martial arts, are fluent in multiple languages, and can kill a man seven different ways. The Gallagher Academy masquerades as an exclusive private school for geniuses, so most of the normal kids think the students are snobby rich girls. The girls are sent on field operations for their exams and crack CIA codes for extra credit. Secret passages (behind tapestries, of course) lurk inside the walls and passwords are required to access the sub-levels. Plus, their security system is really, really awesome. The teachers are the best in their fields. Basically, the whole school is a mystery, even to those living within its red brick walls.
I am voting for the television "Fame" school, which in real life is NYC's own Laguardia High School. From all the esprit and joie de vivre of dancing on taxi cabs and drumming in the hallways, to Debbie Allen's sweat-paying speech, and all the awesome 80s hair one can behold, I was enraptured every week. I don't know much about the actual Laguardia, except that not only do they have a Model U.N. club, but they also boast 2 knitting clubs and a satirical newspaper called "The Turnip". Already it's better than my high school.
Well, I have to say that the fictional school I have found the most awesome of all (besides Hogwarts; I mean, who wouldn’t love a magical school?) is the Gallagher Academy from Ally Carter’s spy series. Seriously, I would totally love it there. With all the sneaking and hidden passageways, it’s almost like a non-magical Hogwarts. I know it’s extremely rigorous academically, but I think I could catch up (given some time), and besides, I think a spy’s life (or one in training) is way exciting. I could do with some adrenaline in my life. Seriously. Gallagher Academy is way awesome, with all the secret gadgets and really cool people. I could get used to that kind of atmosphere.

And of course, when the guy spies come to visit, there’s no telling what kind of fun I’d get into!
i would hands down have to say gallagher acadamy. it has all the secret passage ways, and the forbiden loves. and the fact that its an all girl spy school one of the most interesting book series ive read, by ally carter

I don't know if I'm just obssesed with Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea or what, but I would have to say my favorite is the school Anne teaches at where the Pringles try and take her out. The characters are just so great and you can never beat a private boarding school setting, even if it is the nonvampire/magical type.
I don't know if I'm just obssesed with Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea or what, but I would have to say my favorite is the school Anne teaches at where the Pringles try and take her out. The characters are just so great and you can never beat a private boarding school setting, even if it is the nonvampire/magical type.

So sorry for the double post but I didn't mean to make it anonymous!
I would choose St. Vladimir's Academy from Vampire Academy. At Vladimirs if you're a Moroi you're trained in the history of vampires and how to be a good vamp. When you find out what it your element (water, fire, wind, earth) you are trained on how to use it for good. You have blood donors in the school during lunch (if you're thirsty) and when you turn 18 you get a guardian to protect you from the Strigoi (hunt Moroi's).
Now if you're a dhampir you get trained in the martial arts. You learn different techniques on how to beat your opponents and how to take care of your Moroi. You're taught the basics which you learn in high school and you train your body and turn it into a lean fighting machine. Dhampirs are half vampires and half human so they are faster and stronger than your average humans. I would love to attend this school because I would be trained and taught how to enhance my powers to their greatest ability. My name is Carolina and you can contact me at watts_gurl@sbcglobal.net
First of all, congratulations to Patricia ^^

Now, to today's quest!
I was giving this a lot of thought, when it hit me, a childhood memory. See, my school days are over, so I long almost any school, but on my tender student days (come on! It was only a few years ago), I knew exactly which school I was willing to attend to, and that was Xavier Institute for Higher Learning (from the X-Men comics).

So, let's check it's points:
1. You have to be a mutant in order to study there. This means you must have some cool power: telepathy, super fast healing, control over some element, etc. Who doesn't want that kind of thing?

2. You are in an environment that is specially prepared for your needs, both as a mutant and as a regular student. This means that you can train yourself in order to control your ability better, and at the same time, have one of the best regular educations.

3. You get to live there. Living? With my friends? That rocks!

4. The building is AWESOME! Secret passages, training rooms, cutting-edge technology... how many schools have their own jet?

5. Your teachers, and yourself maybe, save lives and fight wars in order to maintain the peace in daily basis. You are living and being taught by HEROES.

6. You are not alone, you are not discriminated because of your mutation, you are not bullied for being a freak. Instead, you are warmly welcomed, and get the opportunity to make friends, to belong...

7. The headmaster of your school is Charles Xavier. He's so wise and intelligent, he always has a piece of advice for you. And he's full of hope, he gives you hope.

8. Unlike other schools, Xavier's school let you make your mind. If you decide to take the wrong path, despite all the warnings, they let you; and if you want to return, you are very welcome to do so, as the prodigal son.

9. You are renamed. Now you have a cool nickname that matches your abilities.

10. "For Higher Learning". That name is brilliant or what? You know that it's just a facade, but still is awesome. Everybody will think that you are gifted, some sort of genius! Which you are, only that even more special.
I'm showing my age here... Sweet Valley High. In SV, parents just give kids cars - and again when the kids smash the original. In Oz, kids have to save up and buy our own car.

Have a lovely day! :-)
While it is a very, very beautiful school, I would absolutely not want to attend Sunnydale High. It's over a hellmouth. The architecture of the original school was gorgeous (Giles's library alone is almost enough reason for me to want to attend,) but, again: Hellmouth. And then! They build another school right on top! Hello! My graduating class had only lost one student in four years, and Sunnydale lost, like, one a week.
Rydell High! (from Grease)

What's not to love about a high school that hosts a carnival and breaks spontaneously into songs? :P