Saturday, October 10, 2015

Think going back in time to the Old West might be fun? Think again.



Traveling back in time is one of those subjects I've thought about ever since I can remember - or at least, ever since I first heard about it which was probably back in elementary school. It sounded so cool being able to visit another time when there were castles and moats and knights and druids and everyone rode a horse (or so I imagined). Later I fantasized going back to the Regency period of England, which also happens to be one of the best dressed, imo, or the civil war period, or perhaps the wild west...

Fast forward to many years later, having read a lot more books and seen a lot more movies, I decided that time travel could have unforeseen effects, as in history changing, and would probably not be as much fun as I thought. This after reading Connie Willis' The Doomsday Book, in which a woman travels back to the 14th century, but misses her mark and ends up arriving just in time for the plague.  My fantasy of going back in time was pretty much ruined, because really, when you think about it, time-traveling would likely be uncomfortable, dirty, inconvenient, and downright dangerous.

Which is pretty much what happens in West of Paradise.

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Are you as enamored of the idea of Time Travel as I am? Would you really take the chance on going back to some previous era, or would prefer to go back as an observor (which reminds me of Fringe...remember that guy?) There are a few other tv shows and movies that have played with the concept of time travel and done it well. Star Trek especially, but I also recall SG1 doing well with this theme. Those were some pretty awesome episodes.


11 comments:

  1. I think it's a cool concept. What would happen if we did it?
    Star Trek and SG1 both came up with some cool concepts and storylines for time travel. My favorite SG1 will always be the one where Jack and Teal'c repeated that day over and over and over.

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    I loved The Doomsday Book, and had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.
    Time Travel? I would like to be an observer. I am pretty certain tha the good old days were in fact hard work. Very hard work.

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    1. I agree. I would miss hot water and toilets that flush.

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  3. I think Diana Gabaldon does time travel stories well too and I've reviewed on of her books on my Rainforest Blog. I'd prefer to time travel to a time where there were antibiotics, and refrigeration. Being an observer first would be the way to go.

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    1. Yeah, observing would be my choice.

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  4. I don't like camping. But that's what I imaging a lot of going back in time would be like. If I could observe but from a safe room someplace, then maybe.

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    1. Even camping is better than time traveling because help isn't that far away whereas if you're back in 1881...

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  5. The Doomsday Book made me sad.
    I prefer Connie Willis's other time traveling book: To Say Nothing of the Dog. That one is hilarious -- full of Victorian fainting women, super-efficient butlers, penwipers, jumble sales, cats (drowned or not), a love story, and a hideous thing called the Bishop's Bird Stump. I highly recommend it.

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    1. Oh and how can I forget the battling mediums at the fake seance?! This is also the book that made me love the name Verity.

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