Time Travel in Romance - it's not only for sci-fiTime travel in fiction is something that seems to fascinate a lot of people. The idea of being able to go back in time and see history taking place, or make a change that may affect the future - it's pretty exciting. Not to mention the idea of going to the future and seeing how far technology has come along and how society has turned out.
Many time travel stories are rooted in science fiction and fantasy, and of course, it makes sense, however, some stories involving time travel are in the genres of romance, romantic comedy, chick lit, and women's fiction. What I like about time travel within these genres is that the focus is not on how the time travel is possible in the first place but on the emotional journey the characters take and the relationships that are affected. That's not to say that sci-fi and fantasy stories don't focus on that too, just that the science fiction components are a bigger part, whereas with non sci-fi it's more a process of self discovery for the character than experiencing the past or the future itself. It puts the characters into a pretty extreme scenario that gets them questioning their lives and how they've turned out, or decisions they might have made in the past that they regret. It's all about that 'what if' scenario - what if I made a different choice in the past, what if my future turns out a different way, and how can I make sure my life, both for myself and my relationships is on the right track?
In Fast Forward, my debut novel from Escape Publishing, the title makes it pretty obvious that it involves going into the future. How this actually happens isn't really revealed in the book, although there are a couple of points in the plot that could be seen as triggers. Somehow, the main character Kelli wakes up twenty five years in the future on what should be her twenty-fifth birthday. What ensues is a series of surprising, funny, heartbreaking, and challenging situations that present themselves to Kelli as she navigates life as a fifty-year-old, living a life that is the opposite of what she wanted for herself.
It's an exciting thing to wonder what our lives will be like in the future, and I wanted to write a story that explored this idea of getting a 'sneak peek' at what lies ahead. So what was important for Kelli was not how she got there (although in the beginning she is obviously wondering how something like that would even be possible), but how this experience causes her to grow and realise what's most important in her life. I chose to do a comic take on this premise, because really - a young model waking up a flabby fifty-year-old mother? That situation lends itself to some pretty funny possibilities!
A few great movies I've enjoyed that play with the idea of time travel but aren't sci-fi are Suddenly 30 (13 Going on 30 for those in the US), The Time Traveller’s Wife, The Lake House, Midnight in Paris, and Peggy Sue Got Married.
Some new books I've discovered are Second Chance by Carla Caruso, and Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster. Other time travel romantic stories include: My Future Husband by Karen Clarke, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill, Elegy for a Queen by Margaret James, The Viking’s Forbidden Pleasure by Jennie Brumley, Mariana by Susanna Kearsley, The Messenger (Mortal Beloved) by Pamela DuMond, and Do You Remember The First Time by Jenny Colgan.
Do you have any favourite time travel books?
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