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Reply To: Dragonfly in Amber: Book Discussion and Show Expectations

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michellibell
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Ok, here’s another idea:

Maybe DiA is just Diana’s way of sorting out and discussing (with herself and readers) what the consequences of time-travel really are….
We are told, from the very beginning of Outlander, that people disappear all the time. We learn that Gellis herself is a time-traveler and can suspect things about Master Raymond.
But the whole point of DiA is trying to prevent Culloden. And yet, those of us who have any inkling of British/Scottish history, knows that doesn’t happen without having to finish the book.
Thus brings forth the discussion – if we are thrown back in time, does our disappearance in the present and our appearance in the past really affect anything at all? Is life pre-destined? Is the plot of humans already written and there is nothing we can do to change it?
There is a great short story by Ray Bradbury called, “A Sound of Thunder” which poses a very different time travel problem. It’s the “a butterfly flaps its wings in Africa and it rains in Manhattan” theory. The slightest deviation from what is supposed to happen, changes life drastically.

Anyhow…maybe DiA is just a long discussion on why trying to change the inevitable is a practice in futility.