Monday, September 17, 2012

I'm Staying Right Where I Am

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.

As you can easily see, I am not adventurous except when my nose is between the pages of a book.  I could never be a Claire Randall or Scarlet O'Hara. And I'm sure the first time I opened my mouth and asked where I could recharge my iPhone or if they have a non-fat latte someone would swing a club and put me out of my misery.

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.


Meredith Cole said...

There's nothing like a realistic portrait of the past to make you unexcited about leaving our century (and country). Too much disease and danger, really. I prefer to do my adventuring as a reader (and writer) as well, Sue Ann!

Anonymous said...

"it's a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there."
It's a truism. I read books for the wonderful stories and characters, to escape, decompress, and enjoy. The farthest I would want to go to "live" within a world created by an author is to incorporate idea or two for my Dungeon & Dragons roleplaying group.

Reece said...

Sue Ann -- But isn't working in a law firm a little like The Hunger Games?

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Reece, not the firm where I am now, but certainly in other places I've worked! In fact it was more like the Hunger Games run by Morlocks.

Cher'ley said...

great post.

Unknown said...

Sue Ann - I am SO with you on this. When I was a kid, my favorite book was "A Traveller In Time". I LONGED to be that girl, trying to save Mary, Queen of Scots. At that age, I'd have jumped at the chance of time travel. But these days, although I love the idea of hanging around the court of Henry VIII, for instance - when I think of the no regular bathing, no deodorant, no dry-cleaning and no hygiene when it came to medical procedures (or much of anything else), courage fails me - and those are presumably NOT things should be thinking about when considering time travel, in any case. What a wuss I have become. And if I did end up in "The King's Secret Matter", for instance, I'd probably be searching for a privy and get bowled over by a performing bear in the first chapter.

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