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07 August 2013 @ 12:03 am
so I Googled "time-slip"...  
...looking for novels I might want to read, and found this:

When Three British Boys Traveled to Medieval England (Or Did They?)

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/history/2011/07/when-three-british-boys-traveled-to-medieval-england/

Yeah. Apparently "retrocognition" studies are a thing.

Mostly I'm amused by the fact that as I was reading along, I thought, "yeah, no, there wouldn't have been glass windows to peer through!" and the author says more or less the same thing. (Because, of course, *that's* what proves that this didn't happen.)
 
 
 
Magistrix Texan: Dreaming Spireserstwhiletexan on August 7th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
Having just re-read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell recently, the kids' story sounds like something out of that, like they accidentally wandered through a fairy town or something. XD

I didn't even know "timeslip" was a thing, but it sounds like it would make an excellent basis for a novel, especially one with an unreliable narrator where you couldn't ever be quite sure he was telling the truth. SOMEONE MORE SKILLFUL THAN ME NEEDS TO WRITE IT.
tempestsarekind: a sort of fairytaletempestsarekind on August 7th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes - when in doubt, it's probably fairies. :)

Time-slip seems to be a flourishing subfield in children's/YA, and in historical romance - although usually it's pretty clear what's going on, even if the protagonist has no idea why. I *love* your idea of having a time-slip story with an unreliable narrator, though - and I totally think you could write it. *nods firmly*
Magistrix Texan: OH SHIT I left the gas on.erstwhiletexan on August 7th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'll not lie, I've been looking up "timeslip" tropes all afternoon, and now that I know what it is IT IS EVERYWHERE.

The problem is I don't know how I'd try to do it in a way that wasn't... boring. Like, first person narration, someone narrating a past event or narrating as it's happening...? And from what time to what other time? I'm too indecisive for stuff like that. XD
tempestsarekind: ten is a bookwormtempestsarekind on August 7th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
Hee, that's what happened to me when I first heard the term - I even belatedly realized that several of my childhood favorites were time-slip novels!

I suppose you could always go with the "person writes the experience down later" route. And you could put the character at the scene of some big historical event?