TIME TRAVEL BOOKS AND MOVIES, RANKED
Thanks for the request about my favorite genre @amieshmamie ! Before I get started, some notable entries to the genre that I've seen/read but I can't remember enough about to include in the rankings: Terminator 2, A Wrinkle in Time, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Midnight in Paris, The Butterfly Effect and Peggy Sue Got Married.
- •Back to the Future IIIThe Wild West just didn't work for me.
- •Hyperion by Dan SimmonsA complicated novel that was too sci fi.
- •The Lake HouseI've heard the original South Korean film is better but this one was schmaltzy. Too bad, as it has a great romantic premise.
- •LooperAll I remember is being blown away by JGL's ability to act like Bruce Willis.
- •Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK RowlingA great book within the realm of the Wizarding World, but the time travel really makes up only a small part of the story, thus its lower ranking on this list. I appreciate that it includes the time travel caveat of not being able to see your future self because you'll go crazy.
- •A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtThe 1989 Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy from the Cosby Show) version. I've never read Mark Twain's original, but Rudy sure made an unforgettable movie. She was my hero, and outsmarted a lot of people with modern technology from her bookbag, like a Polaroid. It loses points for being a little light on the tenets of time travel, though. She just falls off a horse and wakes up in Camelot. Now I'm kind of wondering if she was just dreaming.
- •Bill and Ted's Excellent AdventureFun. Excellent use of historical characters that made me learn bits of history without knowing I was being taught.
- •Back to the Future IIBack in the early 90s, I almost liked this sequel better than the first movie because of its colorful view of the future. Even if it was a little too sequel-y.
- •FlashIn the finale of season 1, when Barry travels back in time to the night his mom died, I was sobbing. In this and in other instances, this show uses time travel so well.
- •Back to the FutureClassic. Beautifully illustrated the problem of making changes to the past and how that affects the future.
- •Time and Again by Jack FinneyThe entry into the time travel in this book was the most inventive method I've seen.
- •Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerExcellent book with mind-bending time travel. My favorite kind of time travel.
- •11/22/63I love it when time travel books explore real implications of time travel. Specifically in this book how the past fights against being changed and how the future is affected once Jake accomplishes his mission.
- •About TimeI admit, I get caught up in the rom com splendidness of About Time, but Tim makes great use of his time traveling abilities throughout the movie and learns a great lesson at the same time.