I love the idea of time travel. One of my favorite series is the mega-selling Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon about a woman named Claire Randall who is transported from the 1940's back 200 years to war torn Scotland. The books are thick and stuffed with historical information, and even though I enjoyed the earlier ones more, I still continue to read them with glee. In her time travel, Claire is often faced with the dilemma of how much should she use her knowledge to help and influence the people she meets in the mid-1700's. And when she does display her skills, especially her medical skills, she is often considered by the superstitious Scots to be a witch.
So this week's question let me take my already heightened time travel interest for a walk through some my favorite books to see if there might be one I'd like to pop into, even for a short while.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - No way. With my luck, my name would be called and no one would volunteer to go in my place. I'd be killed the instant I stepped off my pedestal. Not to mention I can barely aim a camera, let alone a bow and arrow.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - I've always liked the idea of running off to join the circus, especially after watching Toby Tyler as a kid. But the dismal and dark circus of the depression era is not for me. I have no doubt I'd be thrown off the train to my death in no time flat.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - I'm a Northerner who don't know nuthin' about birthing no babies. Nuf said.
The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings - Um, Florida swamps filled with snakes, gators and other critters are not the place for me.
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells - I'm fat. The Morlocks would eat me first because they would catch me first.
Then again, there's The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie by Alan Bradley. That's the book I'm currently reading.
Ding. Ding. Ding. Folks, we may have a winner.
I think I could handle being transported to the 1950's to Buckshaw to help Flavia delve into the mystery of the man in the garden. It seems a nice and reasonably safe option to those mentioned above, although I'm not so sure about spending too much time with a kid with a passion for poisons.
What's can I say? The Cowardly Lion has nothing on me. Speaking of which, there's no way I'm going to deal with flying monkeys and falling houses, so don't even suggest that book.
Sometimes it's a wonder I ever leave my home.