Tamara Ireland Stone’s debut novel, Time Between Us, tells the story of Anna and Bennett, two teenagers who fall in love. The only problem? Bennett’s actually a time traveler from 2012, while Anna lives in 1995. High school romance is complicated enough without having to worry about whether your boyfriend is going to be sent back to his own time period.
Bennett’s skills got us thinking about time travel. It might be dangerous to mess around with the past, but still—it would be SO COOL! Here are the times and places we would go if we had access to a Time-Turner (or a TARDIS, or a DeLorean).
We’d start out in the time of the dinosaurs because we’ve always wanted to use a brontosaurus’s neck as a slide and/or fly around on a pterodactyl. We’d play around with the plant eaters for a while, then book it out of there before T-Rex showed up.
Next up, a trip to the Globe Theatre in 17th century London to watch one of Shakespeare’s plays. It would be awesome to see the original Romeo and Juliet, even if we had to wear face masks to avoid that pesky Black Plague.
The next few days would be filled with chariot races in ancient Rome, rocking out at Beatles concerts in Liverpool, circa 1961, hitching rides on the Wright brothers’ airplanes, and chilling with Captain Blackbeard and his fellow pirates on the high seas.
We’d take a brief stopover in 1990s Edinburgh to peer into the windows of cafés, hoping to find J.K. Rowling. We would try to resist the temptation to smother her with hugs and sob, “You will be responsible for my childhood!” but we can’t make any promises.
Finally, we’d travel a few hundred years into the future, just to make extrasuperduper sure that the Hunger Games are DEFINITELY fictional.
Where (and when) would you go if you had the power to time travel? Let us know in the comments!