In The Loop, by Shandy Lawson, Ben and Maggie meet and fall in love. But this isn’t your typical teenage relationship—they’re trapped in a time loop that keeps resulting in their murders, leaving them to start their whole romance—and try to avoid their impending deaths—over, and over, again. Intrigued? You can start reading The Loop right here on Figment!
We’re totally hooked on Ben and Maggie’s time-traveling adventures, and it got us thinking about other time loops. While it’s got to suck to be trapped in the same day forever, we love watching our favorite characters navigate the crazy world of time. We’re counting down our top six time loops. Vote for your favorite below, and let us know which ones we missed in the comments!
Getting trapped on Groundhog Day would be annoying for anyone, but if you’re a weatherman like Phil (Bill Murray), being forced to relive the day when your job is taken over by a rodent is a total drag. Phil’s initially pretty bummed that he’s living the same day over and over again. But eventually, he uses his time-travel powers for good: making friends, learning skills, falling in love, and even saving lives.
Although there isn’t any actual time travel, we still love the time loop in 50 First Dates. Lucy (Drew Barrymore) has amnesia, so she can’t remember anything that happened the day before. Even so, Henry’s (Adam Sandler) determined to make her fall in love with him. It seems like a tall order, but by recreating their first date in increasingly adorable ways, Henry makes himself unforgettable.
Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of time-travel confusion in Doctor Who, but one of our favorite time loops is when Rose keeps going back in time to try and meet her dad. Instead of just sitting with him while he dies, she kind of accidentally saves his life. Between the evil monsters and the car that keeps turning up to try and hit Rose’s dad, this time loop shows us why you really, REALLY shouldn’t mess with time.
In Lauren Oliver’s novel, Samantha’s life seems totally perfect—she has everything from great friends to an awesome boyfriend. But when she dies unexpectedly, she loses it all. Or does she? After she dies, Samantha relives the last day of her life seven times, uncovering clues to what caused her death, and changing the way she interacts with her friends, her boyfriend, and her family. There’s some deep self-revelation going on here.
Henry is born a time traveler. Sounds awesome, right? Well, not so much. It comes with its perks, like getting to hang out with his wife when she was a child, long before they meet in the present. But we’re pretty sure he could live without the loop that keeps bringing him back to the moment of his mom’s death. As far as time loops go, this one’s a definite tear-jerker.
And now for a totally creepy variation on the time loop. In this episode, the ghosts of two former lovers keep re-enacting the events that led to their deaths. To do this, they possess different people and actually have them kill each other, then they move on to the next unsuspecting pair. There might not be any time travel involved, but like we said, totally creepy.
Which of these time loops is your favorite? Vote now, and let us know which ones we missed in the comments. Want more crazy time repetitions? Start reading The Loop now!
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