While the story did not make any TV or radio broadcast I heard (which shocks me to my toe nails, btw), the Chinese banning the use of time travel in books and movies was big news to me. I can totally see why they might want to ban actual time travel, but their assertion that “its content and the exaggerated performance style are questionable. Many stories are totally made-up and are made to strain for an effect of novelty.”

If I was looking for reasons to ban time travel, the fact that “many” of the stories “are totally made-up” would not be on my list, let alone near the top of that list (and the “novelty” is what appeals to me, I’m afraid). So what are good reasons to ban time travel?

Here are my ten reasons that Time Travel is Bad, but feel free to add to it.

1.  Becoming your own grandpa (Time Rider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann)

2.   Fitted for straight jacket and quick trip to a padded room (Barney Miller episode)

3.   Age 40 years over night and lose your dog (Final Countdown)

4.   Collide with another time traveler and lose your transmogrification machine. (Tangled in Time)

5.  Get your head lopped off because you speak French (Timeline)

6.  Die to get back to your lost love, which may or may not actually work… (Somewhere in Time)

7.  Trap yourself and your family in a bubble with a huge bug (Lost in Space)

8.   Fall in love and go back in time where shoes, toilets and health care are terrible—though she did get a really hot guy with great manners. (Kate & Leopold) Let’s pause our list here for a movie trailer.
9.   Accidentally help Jack the Ripper escape into the future (Time After Time)

10. Change your own history so you have to go back to World War II and fix it, and part of that fix is getting shot down in Occupied France (Out of Time).

I will admit that while I’m not sure I’d engage in actual time travel, I do love me my fictional time travel. There are so many ways to hose your characters. To find out more about my time traveling, hosing characters books, visit my website

Did I mention the hot guy?

So? Do you agree with the Chinese? With me? What are some good reasons to time travel?


I know it’s a bit whacky for a confirmed hermit to write books about traveling through space and time, but it is also a great stress release. So is committing fictional mayhem on my characters. I have wreaked havoc on them in twelve novels and a bunch of short stories. Visit www.paulinebjones to find out just how much.

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8 thoughts on “Ten Better Reasons to Ban Time Travel

  • March 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Great blog, Pauline! And what a perfect intro to INTERNATIONAL TIME TRAVEL DAY on March 14! Everyone check back here on that date for great giveaways.

  • March 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    LOLOL! I know! I wanted to ask someone, which ones aren’t made up, but there was no place to call. LOLOL! That graphic was part of a book of funny signs that someone posted around England. Thought it was so cute! And yeah, Hugh Jackman. Sigh. Thanks for stopping by!

  • March 8, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Really? Only “many” of them are made up stories? Maybe they know something we don’t. I love the first graphic up there with the future date. LOL Kate and Leopold is a favorite time travel story. They did a good job all around, didn’t they? And Hugh Jackman was to die for in that flick. 😉

  • March 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    LOL! I did forget that! Major creepy! I love time travel, too, despite down side. (grin) Next week is International Time Travel Day. So hoping to do some more blogging on the topic. LOL!

  • March 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    You forgot “get hit on by your mother” (Back the the Future) creeepy! I love time travel. Go go go.

  • March 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    @ Kaye – I know! What’s not to love about time travel? (As long as it doesn’t hose me! LOL!)

    @ Catherine – I like cornball, too. I even watched the movie about the guy who becomes his own grandfather. LOL!

  • March 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Funny! Um, I suppose I’d think about banning time travel in novels, because it’s hard to write it without being corny. But that’s only a rhetorical question because fictional time travel is cool, and I sometimes even crave cornball!

  • March 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    This is a surprise to me. I love Time Travel!

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