Years ago, a friend introduced me to romantic historical time travel with the 1980 movie Somewhere in Time. I loved the romance and the glimpse of history through the eyes of a time traveler. So much so, I have since been fascinated by time travel movies and books. In Somewhere in Time, playwright Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) is given an antique pocket watch and with the timepiece and self-hypnosis manages to travel back in time to meet and become romantically involved with actress Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour).
One of the plot elements besides the history and romance that intrigues me about time travel stories is the portal. How do the characters get to the past? Or to the present? Another favorite romantic movie is Kate and Leopold starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman. In this story, the portal is a time gap on the Brooklyn Bridge. Leopold travels to the current time through the gap, and then after falling in love, Kate follows him to the past. (Photo: Bird’s-Eye View of the Great New York and Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Display of Fire Works on Opening Night. Lithograph from the online collection of the Brooklyn Museum.)
With the extremely popular Outlander series by Diane Gabaldon, Claire Randall travels to historical Scotland through standing stones where she must adapt to the hardships and romance of the time. Another of my favorite time travel authors, Lynn Kurland, uses magic places of paranormal activity, which later become X-marks on a map used by the characters of her books.
In my book, Sea Panther—a paranormal adventure, I use a wormhole in the Bermuda triangle to send the hero and heroine to Jamaica 1715. With the Highland Gardens series, a garden gate and faerie magic sends characters to and from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and sixteenth century Scotland. The latest in the series, Just Wait For Me, due to release on August 10th, uses an old well within a train tunnel on a present day multi-use trail as a time portal.
What are some of your favorite time portals from books and/or movies? Please share by commenting below.
~Dawn Marie Hamilton
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