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T is for…

Time Travel

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Love this picture (click on it for source link) and it kind of represents the way I want to represent time travel in my book.

My NaNoWriMo novel is about an academy for Time Police or Time Cops.

This inevitably brings with it Time Travel.

Now the idea of time travel blows my mind and I go round and round in circles trying to work out how what happens when you travel back to the past or to the future might affect the present. Sometimes I just give up because I think my brain might explode.

My main time travel influences are:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Back to the Future (1,2,3)

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Dr Who

I’m pretty sure I saw Time Cop with JCVD

Stargate (film)

Goundhog Day!

Tru Calling

Now this is going to be my book so I will make up my own lore about time travel but I’d like to know what the generally accepted rules are please, so to aid my research please direct me to any good resources, films, books etc.

What rules do you expect to see followed in time travel stories?

What annoys you/would annoy you in time travel stories?

Thanks for your help in the past, present and future.


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Posted on April 23, 2011, in #am writing (and all things writing related), April A-Z Challenge, Kirsty rambles on about life, the universe, tv, and everything!, Training Time (WIP) and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. The Time Machine by HG Wells is good (guy Pearce movie not so much!) but the general rule is that he tries to save his fiancee’s life by going back in time but even though he saves her from the circumstances of her death, she is still killed but in another way, the point being if he saved her he would have no reason to build th time machine so she would die, so he would build the machine and round and round. The Rod Taylor movie of The Time Machine is a good watch. I think you can make up your own lore and bend the rules, but you must must have an idea of current thinking around time travel – you have to know the rules before you bend them!!! Looking forward to this novel…

    • See, confusing! Why do I do ot to myself.
      Need to do some more plotting this weekend.
      The Guy Pearce one is the one with Samantha Mumba right? From what I remember it wasn’t that great.

  2. There’s Timeline by Crichton and Jack Finney wrote a very good time travel book.

    Nice bumping into you.

  3. For me, the most interesting thing about time travel stories is the way the author chooses to treat free will. Is everything set or can the future be changed, and if so, how does that effect everyone else?

  4. Well, as time travel is impossible (unless you’re going forwards, I think, then there might be a way if you’re really technical and understand that stuff) there aren’t any real rules, so break them all you want. As long as you have your own set of rules that can’t be broken, I think you can do anything.

    • Thanks Juliet,

      Another belief of mine dashed ;0). Setting my own rules sound good, noting them down so I don’t break them and stay consistent seems vital.

      Cheers

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