You have raised an interesting point.
It occurred to me a few weeks ago when the book came out how many truly great fictional characters and fictional worlds were created in England by Brits. These worlds and their characters are so real that they often seem more real than real life.
Five examples come to mind:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes canon, including the great Sherlock Holmes himself, his partner Dr. John Watson, his brilliant brother Mycroft, the beautiful Irene Adler,Lestrade and all the other inspectors at Scotland yard, the evil Moriarity, and of course, the rich assortment of Holmes’ clients, including such wonderful people as Mary Morstan, Sir Henry Baskerville, etc.
Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, set in Middle Earth, and including fantastical characters like Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Frodo, and Gollum, to name just a few.
C.S. Lewis’s Narnia, including the four children, all the citizens of Narnia, and of course, Aslan.
Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, set in England’s Secret Service, and including such marvelous characters as James Bond, “M”, Miss Moneypenny, Felix Leiter, and of course all of the great Bond “women” and Bond villains.
And of course, Harry Potter!
I know there are other British-created fictional “worlds,” e.g., the Wodehouse stories, but I don’t know much about them and I don’t think they have achieved the world-wide recognition as the five"worlds" I mentioned above.
Also, the Anne of Green Gables series is a Canadian series, but since Canada was at that time still under the British rule, it could arguably be called a product of British thinking, although I’m sure that Canadians would take vehement issue with this idea!
Is there something about Great Britain that encourages this kind of creative thinking in its authors and helps them to create not just good stories, but entire worlds populated with memorable characters that we all wish were real?
I honestly can’t think of too many American-created fictional worlds that are as enduring as these British ones.