Okay, so I recently read two great “time travel” books–Landline by Rainbow Rowell, which has a magic phone line to the past, and Time and Forever by Susan B. James, which has an actual ticket you buy to travel back in time and experience life in an earlier time. Neither book is like Marty McFly, where he starts to disappear if his parents don’t actually get together in the Back to the Future movies, or like most other time travel shows/episodes on television. You can’t change the past or you’ll change the future. . .in both of these lovely books written by women I admire, the past affects the future, but only because when the main character goes back in time, it affects the future she is in now, but back in the past.
This is what I don’t understand. This is what I need someone smarter than myself to explain to me. Let’s say Anna is a character in a time travel book and she finds a magic lounge chair that transports her back in the past where she meets an important man, Robert, whom she’s married to in her present life, but as his past self. She gets worried about the Marty McFly rule, and so Anna goes back to the present (future) without hopefully changing anything in the past. In the future-present, though, Robert says something that reminds Anna of when they almost skinny-dipped in the fountain in the park, but this event occurred in the the 2nd past–the past she went back to as her older self, where she threw caution to the wind. So, would Robert have married her if she didn’t travel back in time and almost skinny -dip, but she didn’t travel back in time until she was older. . .which one is real?
See, I’m confused again!
By the way, I enjoyed both Landline and Time and Forever, and I highly recommend them to any readers who love romance, love, and time travel.
But first before you go to check them out, please help me. (If you like non-confusing books that have nothing to do with time travel, you can check out mine by going to my blog: http://margodill.com/blog/ !)