QOTW: What time period would you most like to visit?

21 Oct

If you could visit any time period for a day, which one would you choose, and why?


If I could live in any time period, I’d probably pick the Carboniferous period. I KNOW, UBER DORK ALERT. But seriously, it was the golden age of sharks! There were about a bazillion different species of sharks roaming the seas–including some real crazy ones like the Helicoprion.

My second choice is the Jurassic period. Gimme some dinosaurs, and I am one happy gal.

-Susan Dennard


1950, baby. There is no doubt in my mind that I would have been an EXCELLENT June Cleaver. Give me a day full of baking in nice dresses and pearls and I’m good to go.

-Sammy Bina


I don’t know about a specific period, but if I could, I’d go back in time to see the Library of Alexandria in Egypt (the largest library in the ancient world) before it was destroyed. So much knowledge–from so many different places–was housed there…and so much of it was later lost. Actually, I’d love to see the entirety of the Musaeum of Alexandria (the institution that housed the Royal Library). And while I was there, I’d take a stroll through Alexandria to see the Lighthouse (um, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world? How could I NOT go see that?). But if that somehow doesn’t work out, then I’ll just tag along with Susan to see the dinosaurs in the Jurassic period. 😉

-Sarah J. Maas


My current novel is set in 1895ish, in England. I’d go there and take a lot of notes. If I could please be in the body of a smokin’ hot aristocratic girl during her first season, that’s be great, thanks. I still have yet to dance with a Duke or anything. I’d settle for an Earl. There’s gotta be a few of those running around, right?

-Mandy Hubbard


I’m really pretty happy with this time period, tbh. The past had some pretty awful stuff going on. But the new novel I’m working on is set in Ancient Greece, so I’m going to go with that. I’m only educated about the time period through popular media such as The Odyssey and the movie Troy (lol), so I could cite research purposes, but honestly I’d probably just run around pointing at stuff and fangirling. Oh, and monster hunting! All those awesome beasts and legends… I would totally try to find one.

-Savannah J. Foley


If you could visit any time period for a day, which one would you choose?


12 Responses to “QOTW: What time period would you most like to visit?”

  1. Tim October 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM #

    I dunno. Straight away when I saw the name of the post I got angsty and thought of all the problems in the periods i’d like to go see. Being eaten by a dinosaur would not be pleasent:( Granted i’m not female, but being sold by your father to another family for trade, favours, ties etc wouldn’t be fun either. Actually, males didn’t have much choice either. And the problem with going back to these places is I wouldn’t understand the lingo. Maybe I could go to very early Ireland or england…oh I’m Irish. Woops, that might not work. I dunno i’m preety happy with what i’ve got. Food, the medical care so I won’t die from food posioning, not being hunted by a really big dinosaur. ‘Tis the life.

  2. Heather October 21, 2011 at 2:52 PM #

    Definitely the early seventeen hundreds during the Golden Age of Piracy. (I am in LOVE with pirates!) That, or the fifteen hundreds where I could see a Shakespeare play while he was alive and figure out if he really did write his work.

  3. Heather October 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM #

    Oooh! And the nineteen thirties, where all the Depression-Era gangsters are. I’d want to save Dillinger for his untimely death and visit Alvin Karpis in Alcatraz.

  4. Rowenna October 21, 2011 at 4:43 PM #

    Easy! 1780ish, preferably the social season in Charleston, SC. Of course…a peek at my blog lets you know I visit 1780 on a regular basis. But to immerse oneself in the real thing for a day would be the ultimate research. There are just so many things I don’t know that I don’t know.

    Second choice? Late 30s/early 40s in Chicago. Great fashion and a rolicking nightlife–I’d dance at the incredible ballrooms and soak up the music scene! Maybe go rollerskating at the Savoy!

  5. Marina October 21, 2011 at 7:09 PM #

    I’d go back to the time of Jesus and have a long talk with the guy, and see if he’s even real.

    Or I’d go back to point in my life that I’m not too happy with to smack myself on the head, and tell myself what to do differently.

  6. Kae October 21, 2011 at 7:48 PM #

    1890s Manhattan! Also book research.

    I would spend the day breaking into houses and public/private buildings alike, memorizing floorplans and decor (and wardrobes!!), and then sneak into the Met and the following parties (obviously, dressed from one of those wardrobes I memorized) at night, eavesdropping and scribbling furiously. ❤

    I wouldn't mind doing a whole reverse-gender-reverse-time Kate and Leopold thing, gotta say. Particularly if I wound up with Hugh Jackman at the end…mmmm…better than dinosaurs!

  7. marykateleahy October 21, 2011 at 7:59 PM #

    The pressure to choose would break me. I would just have someone spin the dial on the time machine and let fate decide. Interestingly enough no one said the future. Maybe the future will be awesome. 🙂

  8. nkeda14 October 21, 2011 at 8:06 PM #

    I’d go to the roaring 20’s I LOVE the outfits, and there was so much going on in the music world. Dancing and music, becoming a piano singer… that would be me. Of course I would put on a glittery dress and one of those adorable hats all the women wore back then (with the little veil). The 20’s were so cool… *sigh*

    I’m an old soul what can I say?

  9. Leonicka (@leonicka) October 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM #

    I agree with Savannah; the past was definitely not the best of times for women or people of color. But if I had to choose I would go to pre-Colombian times. I would love to learn more about the indigenous civilizations of the Americas.

  10. Heather October 22, 2011 at 11:51 AM #

    I would probably go back to the early 1900s and become a Suffragette, even though they didn’t have much fun. I like the idea of going down in history for doing something epic to help fight for a cause. I love historical fiction (ironic, since I failed History in high school) and am fascinated by the social etiquette of different time periods. Although it would be pretty cool to go into the future, take notes, then come back to the present day and pretend to be psychic by predicting stuff that has yet to happen 😉

  11. Vee October 24, 2011 at 10:31 AM #

    Oh, man! I’m slightly sad that I missed this Q. So good. Boringly, I think I’d probably not go back very far in time (or maybe I would, so long as I could live in a castle). Probably to Woodstock or something. I think that would be awesome, haha 😀

  12. claudiajustsaying October 24, 2011 at 3:54 PM #

    Ancient Rome, we just returned from Italy.

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