Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Time-Traveling Teens

In yesterday's comments, Theresa mentioned time-travel as the next big thing that could hit YA.

That got me thinking, but I keep coming back to one thing:
So, what kind of plots haven't been explored in time-travel YA yet?

Will a modern-day high school kid find herself in Ancient Rome, where her geeky, Latin-club creds will finally have a practical use?

Could a football player with dreams of turning pro end up wielding a sword with actual (rather than Minnesota) Vikings?

Could a Beverly Hills rich girl become a Victorian servant?

What do you think? Where could this plot device take them? Will the time-travel be the result of technology or magic? Will they stay there forever or return to their own time? Will they change history, or will the space-time continuum adjust around them?

What would YOU write, if it was your story?


Disgruntled Bear said...

A modern day teen werewolf is transported back in time by a fairy-witch who wants him to save her people from the vampires. But will she risk losing him--after they fall in love?

The scary thing is, I might actually want to read that.

Brenda said...

I'd think technology time travels would need to involve Apple products. Just b/c they're that cool and the boys in the backroom are already working on them (along with the Big Bang Boomeroo, courtesy of Dr. Seuss, of course). I can see it now...the Ipad is the portal for readers to enter the world of their iBook. But, each reader is only allowed 2 journeys and there is always a danger of running low on power without the ability to recharge and come back to "real" life.

Disgruntled Bear said...

I love it, Brenda!

The iPad as the Delorian of the twenty-teens.

Only two trips, though? Perhaps they can buy more through iTime. :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Time travel is all about consequences, so not does it leave virtually limitless possibilities as to who the people are, where they come from, and where they're going, but what are the ramifications of time travel.

I haven't considered any books on time travel, but I never know when an idea will pop up.

Back to the Future is a great movie. "Let's make like a tree and get out of here."

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