And, being Dickens, the book is jam-packed with unforgettable characters, not least of all London itself- the sprawl of the city and the curling tentacles of fog have never been depicted so powerfully. This is escapism at its most beguiling. Daniel Defoe's best-known book will always be Robinson Crusoe, but a far bigger and more exciting read is Moll Flanders, his other great novel.
Moll is the daughter of a convict who's determined to become a respectable, wealthy lady and what follows is an often amusing, often tragic tale, as Moll gets married repeatedly , commits accidental incest, becomes a prostitute, con woman and thief, and is made all too familiar with the walls of a prison cell.
A breathless ride through the muck and glitter of the 18th Century, the novel also gives us one of the most charismatic leading ladies in literature. Beautiful, witty and ruthless, Moll is thoroughly ahead of her time. Yet she's also endearingly sweet and vulnerable, and you'll find yourself egging her on, even as you wish she'd sort herself out. Most people know a thing or two about Pride and Prejudice - if only because of Colin Firth 's dip into that pond. But, if you're only familiar with the story from seeing it on the screen, it's well worth going back to the source.
Jane Austen's best-loved novel is funny from the first page, and is just as much a comedy as a romance. Austen manages to sum up pretty much everything about romance and courtship - the awkward flirtation, the mixed messages, the way love can make fools of even the smartest and strongest of us. Everyone knows Darcy, of course: But there are a whole gallery of characters to savour, from the grotesque Lady Catherine de Bourgh right up to the heroine Elizabeth Bennet - a sassy, witty gal who'd fit into the 21st Century with ease. This is chick-lit at its best! Anne Bronte has never found the same fame as her sisters Charlotte and Emily, which isn't really fair because The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is one of the great 19th Century novels.
With it, Anne struck an early blow for women's lib - it tells the story of a beautiful woman who leaves her womanising husband to make her own way in life. The heroine, Helen Huntingdon, has got to be one of the strongest female leads in English fiction - she'd certainly give Lizzy Bennet a run for her money. However, this is a far cry from the wry, ordered world of Jane Austen. Helen's story takes in alcoholism, decadent sex and social scandal, and the emotional turbulence of the novel almost rivals that of Wuthering Heights.
Charles Dickens may have been king of literary London in the midth Century, but one arch-rival and pretender to the throne was William Makepeace Thackeray. Determined to out-do Dickens, Thackeray produced a storming, rip-roaring epic of British life, gave it an utterly wicked heroine and called it Vanity Fair. While Dickens was certainly the writer with the wider scope and bigger heart, Thackeray was crueller, cooler and completely unsentimental. Vanity Fair is the story of Becky Sharp, a deliciously wicked social climber who uses her looks, charm, and a fair bit of deceit, to bewitch men and amass as much money as possible.
It's a biting satire on British society, and the hypocrisies of the upper classes, and definitely the Victorian novel for those looking for a proper page-turning romp. On the face of it, a novel subtitled "A Study of Provincial Life" may not sound like the most exciting read in the world.
But George Eliot's Middlemarch is a strong contender for the title of greatest British novel of the 19th Century. Eliot uses a small, fictitious town as a model for civilisation in general, exploring the nature of love, integrity, family, goodness and corruption. The central character, Dorothea, is a living saint - or at least wants to be one.
Yet the irony is that choosing the right path for the right reasons is exactly what leads her into all kinds of trouble. This is as big as British novels get - if the epic Russian novelist Tolstoy had been born in the UK, he would have come up with something like this. Luckily, we had the remarkable Eliot to do it instead, and she gave us what none other than Virginia Woolf later called "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people. But don't be put off by its reputation, because this is a feast you're going to enjoy. Set in the early years of the 19th Century, Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece follows a cluster of Russian aristocrats as they face an invasion by Napoleon's army.
While the many battle scenes are vivid and suitably bloody, the book really excels when it comes to the conflict in human relationships. After all, Tolstoy was fascinated by one premise above all others - how does one keep one's morals intact when faced with a flawed and evil world? With a book as wide-ranging as this, it's no wonder so many other writers have compared Tolstoy to Shakespeare although, ironically, Tolstoy himself never liked Shakespeare that much. War and Peace is one of those books you live rather than simply read. Make time for it, and you'll see what all the fuss is about.
Shy, arrogant and disgusted by society - that was French novelist Gustave Flaubert. But this same misanthrope was also the man behind one of the most sensitive and moving portrayals of a woman's life ever written. Emma Bovary's husband is the classic "nice guy" - reliable, comforting and utterly dull. So Emma, desperate for passion and excitement, embarks on a series of heated affairs - but tragedy is the inevitable outcome.
This exquisite book caused a scandal when it was published, and French public prosecutors wanted it banned for obscenity. Instead it became a bestseller and its clean, crisp style has influenced countless writers since. That style was the result of Flaubert's obsessive perfectionism - he would literally spend a week writing a single page, re-writing each sentence until everything was just right. About Nutopia Nutopia, a leading television production company creating award-winning, premium content on a global scale.
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Each leap forward in time to get out of trouble lands him in deeper trouble. The sixth book in the Artemis Fowl series. After his mother contracts spelltropy, Artemis travels back in time to find a lemur that can help cure her. The trick ending creates a circular timeline that started the series. Thirteen-year-olds, Jonah and Chip, find out that they are missing children from time and go on a journey, along with Jonah's sister, Katherine, to uncover many secrets. Ruby Red original title: Time travel is a "dead-end tunnel" and while time travellers can "go back along the tunnel" going to the future is impossible.
They also can't change the past lest this cause a paradox of retrocausality. The chief villain takes advantage of retrocausality by sending two characters into the past to enable him to escape from prison. Jonah and Katherine go on a mission to return a missing child, named Andrea really Virginia Dare , to her time in the Roanoke Colony. Blackout and All Clear. A novel published in two parts. In search of his father, a time machine mechanic travels through time accompanied by TAMMY and his ontologically valid dog, Ed, all while documenting his travels in a manual for future travellers.
A man travels through a time portal, and attempts to prevent the assassination of John F. George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two fourth graders, use a homemade time machine to travel 65 million years into the past. An unforeseen change in the past necessitates the use of psychic abilities to reset the present and future. A man lives his life again and again from the beginning each time he dies.
He finds more people like him in the Cronus club. A man discovers that he is living in the worst possible timeline ours and also that he shouldn't exist. He endeavors to set things right without erasing himself in the process. Chronman, James Griffin, reclaims valuable resources through the stresses of time-jumping without leaving a trace - until he breaks the highest law and brings back scientist, Elise Kim. All Our Wrong Todays.
The first adaptation of Mark Twain's classic; modern-day Martin Cavendish dreams that he is transported back to King Arthur's court where he has to use modern knowledge to outwit the king's enemies. A man struck by lightning in , wakes up to a with personal aircraft, vending machines replacing sexual activity, spacecraft to Mars, people with letter- and digit-based names, pill meals, and government-determined marriages. The first sound version of Mark Twain's story in which a radio salesman Will Rogers is knocked out and wakes up in the land of King Arthur.
Turn Back the Clock. Only a single time loop is needed for Joe to wish that he could relive his life and marry the wealthy woman. When he has the chance to go through his life again, he has interesting discoveries and decisions. A modern man is transported back to 18th-century London where he meets his ancestors and falls in love with a woman of the era. Ali Baba Goes to Town. Where Do We Go from Here? A genie transports a man throughout time. Film noir meets science fiction when a woman shoots her husband on New Year's Eve , , then wishes that she could live the year all over again.
Very loosely based on Mark Twain's story in which a mechanic Bing Crosby is knocked out and wakes up in the land of King Arthur. I'll Never Forget You. Astronauts returning from a voyage to Mars are caught in a time warp and are transported into a post-Apocalyptic Earth populated by mutants. A woman is sent back in time, via hypnosis, to the Middle Ages where she may be executed by the people of that time on suspicion of being a witch.
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Beyond the Time Barrier. A pilot flies faster than the speed of light, from to , into a dystopian future divided by two populations: Loose adaptation of H. Wells 's classic in which a time traveler enters a future where the world is broken up into two classes: A survivor of the Third World War is sent back in time to rescue the present. Scientists find that their time-viewing screen allows them to travel through time and they become stranded in a post-apocalypse future. Who and the Daleks. The Doctor and his companions travel in the TARDIS to the future of a post-apocalyptic world where two races, the Daleks and the Thals, follow two different paths to survive following a nuclear war.
Daleks — Invasion Earth: Journey to the Center of Time. Scientists develop a time machine and travel to the far future where the earth is in peril and the distant past, to the age of the dinosaurs. A remake of The Time Travelers. Planet of the Apes. George Taylor played by Charlton Heston is an astronaut who travels to a future Earth inhabited by intelligent, talking apes. Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Brent, an astronaut travels to a future Earth ruled by apes. His search for fellow astronaut, George Taylor, leads him to an underground city of nuclear mutants.
Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Three apes escape Earth's destruction by salvaging and repairing the spaceship of astronaut, George Taylor, and piloting it through a time warp back to A man becomes displaced from time and experiences the events in his life in random order, including time spent in an alien civilization.
Due to an impending disaster that threatens to destroy mankind, a time machine is built by a group of young scientists to transport themselves into the future to rebuild civilization. Back to the Future. Engineer Shurik has invented a time machine in his apartment. By accident, he sends two people back into the time of Ivan IV while the real Ivan IV is sent by the same machine into Shurik's apartment. Superman circles the Earth at tremendous speeds allowing him to travel back in time to just before an earthquake created by Lex Luthor.
Using a time machine, Jack the Ripper and H. Wells travel from London to San Francisco. A storm at sea transports a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier back in time from the s to the s. A man is captivated by an old picture of a beautiful actress who he feels is connected to him somehow. Through self-hypnosis he returns to the past and the love of his life.
A triple supernova opens a rift in time space, propelling a family far into the future where they are attacked by monstrous aliens before finding refuge in a domed city. The Adventure of Lyle Swann. A motorcyclist competing in a desert race unknowingly gets caught in the middle of a time travel experiment and is transported by means of "time cannons" to the Old West of — Big-screen adaptations of three classic episodes from the popular s and s Rod Serling television series , plus a new segment featuring a bigot who is transported into the lives of past victims of racism.
A cyborg Arnold Schwarzenegger is sent back in time from to to destroy humanity by killing the future mother of its future savior. In , an anti-radar experiment accidentally sends two sailors forward in time to Non ci resta che piangere. Roberto Benigni and Massimo Troisi. The school janitor, Mario Massimo Troisi , and the teacher, Saverio Roberto Benigni , have an automobile breakdown and decide to spend the night in an inn. The next morning they awake in 15th-century Florence.
Using a time machine installed in a DeLorean DMC12 sports car, teenager Marty McFly , intervenes in his parents' first meeting back in , preventing them from falling in love, and placing his own existence in danger. On a class excursion to a cave with stone age paintings, Rex, a clumsy teenager, gets lost. A mysterious crystal opens a gateway in time and sends him back to the stone ages, where he meets the beautiful girl, Eba. Michael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project. They find an orb that dangerously bends time and have to stop it to save the world. An year-old goes back in time to prevent his grandfather from making a fatal plane flight across the Atlantic.
Peggy Sue Got Married. Peggy Sue Bodell faints at her high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished high school. Catering salesman falls through a time hole to where he saves the life of a dashing Royal Flying Corps pilot, after his photo recon mission is shot down. Before he can work out what happened, he is returned to the s. To save Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk and his crew travel back to to retrieve and take back humpback whales , the only beings who can communicate with an alien probe that is threatening Earth.
Flight of the Navigator. In , a boy winds up 8 years in the future, and discovers that an alien spaceship transported him there. A Russian dystopian comedy in which two Russians are accidentally transported to a desert planet where there is oppressive inequality, and struggle to find their way home. Two men travel from the s to s Stalinist Russia , and find themselves repeatedly reliving a day in a coal mine town.
The older man hopes he can atone for his past while the younger begins to understand his father's earlier life. Masters of the Universe. He-Man battles with Skeletor to prevent him from becoming master of the universe. Due to a cosmic key that opens a portal, the battle moves to Earth where several humans become involved in the struggle.
A professor discovers evidence of a time traveller in Old West memorabilia, and becomes involved in trying to prevent the assassination of Grover Cleveland by a 26th-century villain. Medieval travellers from 14th-century England tunnel through Earth and burst into 20th-century New Zealand.
A cop from the future goes back in time to Los Angeles and teams up with his grandfather to capture a master criminal. A man builds a baseball field on his farm to call back Chicago players banned due to the Black Sox Scandal. He gets his own chance to resolve his guilt over his deceased father. Back to the Future Part II. Biff Tannen plots to give a sports almanac to his younger self in , and win millions of dollars gambling.
Marty and Doc must repair the timeline. A time traveller George Carlin helps them because they are destined to create a Utopian future. They travel through time, encountering historical figures including Socrates , Joan of Arc , and Billy the Kid. Time travelers from the far future steal people already destined to die, such as in plane crashes, to restock humankind in their own desolate future.
Based on the John Varley novel. A warlock in the 17th century who has been sentenced to death for witchcraft, is transported to the 20th century, followed by a witch hunter who must stop the warlock from finding the Grand Grimoire. A scientist creates a weapon that causes one's enemy to disappear but has a side effect of causing shifts in time. The scientist is transported back to where he meets Doctor Frankenstein and his monster, as well as Mary Shelley who, in this film, based her novel on true events. Marty McFly goes back to to stop an outlaw from killing Doc Brown in a duel, and bring him back home to A baseball player gets a second chance to see how his life good be better after traveling back to hit a game winning homerun.
A contemporary schoolteacher who continues to lament the death of his brother in Vietnam, is given the chance to go back in time and prevent the Kennedy assassination, based on the belief that it would prevent Lyndon Johnson from beginning an escalation of the conflict. However, his attempt results in him being accused of the crime and the subject of a nationwide manhunt. The film is based on the Stanley Shapiro book. Aditya is a time machine, invented by an absent-minded professor Ram Das. Krishna, a young post-graduate, Hema and a smuggler, Raja, want to procure the machine for their own reasons.
In , Skynet sends a shape-shifting terminator back to to kill year-old John Connor , while future Connor sends a T Schwarzenegger back to protect his past self and prevent a nuclear holocaust. Terrorists from the year seek to destroy Japan and prevent it from becoming an economic superpower. They travel to and replace Godzilla with three genetically-engineered creatures, which become the monster, King Ghidorah.
Ash Bruce Campbell , a supermarket employee, is sent back in time by a specific book to the 14th century to fight an undead army. In a future where time travel has been invented, the rich snatch people from history a moment before their death in order to use the bodies as hosts for their own minds after death.
Ben Wilson and daughter, Hillary, are visited by a strange group of travelers looking for lodging. The travelers are from the future, intending to witness an impending catastrophe. Moore , and was released on video as Grand Tour: The turtles go back in time to feudal Japan to retrieve their kidnapped friend, April. A 12th-century knight and his servant are mistakenly transported to the 20th century and find themselves adrift in modern society.
A disastrous experiment in sends a stealth aircraft through a time portal into Germany. A sailor is pulled into the portal at the same time, and finds himself in a version of where the Nazis won World War II. Barry Thomas is an average office worker who witnesses the murder of a woman that he is attracted to. That night, during a storm, Barry gets a shock from a lamp's faulty power wire at exactly In the next few days, he realizes that the world is trapped in a time loop , with himself the only one aware of it.
Barry must prevent the murder and stop the time loop, or be caught in time forever. Weatherman Phil Connors Bill Murray is trapped re-living February 2 in Punxsutawney , Pennsylvania, leading him to re-examine his life and priorities. An amateur inventor goes through time with an airplane to stop a villain from changing history for profit. A probe from the year to the year goes wrong, creating a plague-ravaged, alternate timeline whose inhabitants are locked in a constant battle with killer robots.
The hero must find a similar time machine in this alternate world and prevent the disaster from ever happening. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard, meet through the effects of an energy ribbon. This causes a dilemma for the hero, Max Walker, who has to prevent time-travellers from altering time, but is tempted to do so himself, to prevent his wife's death. James Cole is sent back in time to acquire an unmutated form of a virus that has nearly wiped out humanity.
A selfish teenager is forced to relive the same Christmas every day until he comes to understand the true meaning of the holiday season. The Doctor , in his eighth incarnation, has a showdown with the Master at the turn of the millennium, December 31, The USS Enterprise follows the Borg back in time to stop them from altering history and preventing Earth's first warp flight and first contact with the Vulcans. An FBI agent repeatedly travels back in time to prevent a crime.
The situation worsens each time around, until she decides to let things play out. A US submarine runs into a time rift and a special unit goes on a mission to see what's on the other side. They find themselves in an alternate dystopian America, now a one-man dictatorship and decide to help the rebels. Lola has to acquire , Deutsche Mark to save her boyfriend from the mob. The film follows one attempt after another to raise the money, each failure resetting time and restarting her run through the streets of Berlin.
In , a family undertakes a voyage to a nearby star system to begin large-scale emigration from a soon-to-be uninhabitable Earth, but are thrown off course by a saboteur and must try to find their way home.
List of time travel works of fiction
Rebirth of Mothra III. Mothra travels back to the Cretaceous period to defeat the evil space monster, King Ghidorah , while he is younger and weaker. It transports her from back to the same place in other years, depending on the order of buttons pushed. In , she meets Victoria Walker, a girl her own age in need of assistance with her own family problems. Together, Susan, Victoria, and her young brother, Robert, succeed in changing both the past and the future.
The Spy Who Shagged Me. Evil is back and invents a time machine that allows him to go back to , so he can steal Austin Powers' mojo. A jump back in time of 13 seconds is all the time lead actor, Jason Nesmith Tim Allen , needs to save his crew from being killed. A reporter notices that the same faces keep appearing in photographs of 20th century disasters.
Deducing that they are time travellers, he tries to save the history he knows. Peter Kris Lemche wins a trip to a Medieval park. As Peter and his friends tour the castle, Lord Drakin casts a spell and sends the Peter and his friends back to where they have to stop Lord Drakin from taking the castle. The English pop group, S Club 7 and are transported to a desert town in the year that is under the control of a gang with a corrupted sheriff as an ally. The group learns about the fate of a local chef at a diner and tries to prevent bad things despite threats against them from both the sheriff and the gang.
A TV movie about a young woman who, during her family's Passover Seder, finds herself transported back to Poland in and sent to a death camp. An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences. A New York woman with a string of failed relationships meets a time traveler from the year Two people separated in time are somehow able to talk to each other using an amateur radio. The people in question are two students in the same school, one in , the other in A year-old image consultant Bruce Willis finds himself being visited by his year-old self.
A middle-aged man stumbles across an antique watch that transports him to He falls in love, and decides to stay. He breaks the watch, then sees the situation in a new light as complications occur. Two protagonists live in a lake house two years apart in time, but are able to communicate through a mysterious post box. This movie inspired the American film, The Lake House. After falling into a theme park's fetid moat, a custodian Martin Lawrence crawls out into fourteenth century England. A teenager unknowingly re-lives October and is forced by a man in a demonic bunny suit to commit crimes in order to re-set the timeline.
A medieval knight and his serf travel to 21st century Chicago, meeting the knight's descendant. But they must travel back to their time to ensure her birth. Remake of the French movie Les Visiteurs. The film focuses on Celebi who travels to the future with a Young Professor Oak while being chased by a hunter. In this Disney Channel movie, Marnie Piper travels through time in Halloweentown to find a spell book that will help her counteract the evil spell placed on Halloweentown.
To return to present time, both Marnie and Luke travel through a time tunnel on a broomstick. Lost Memories loseuteu maemorijeu. The human race is on the edge of annihilation after decades of war with an alien force. In an outpost in Tibet, mankind's last hope of survival is a time travel device. In this remake of the s version of the film, directed by H. Wells ' great-grandson, Dr. Alexander Hartdegen travels to the future hoping to find a time where they have learned how to change the past.
In the year ,, he becomes involved in a struggle between surface-dwelling Eloi and the underground-dwelling Morlocks. A Bible professor from comes forward in time to the present via a time machine and cannot believe the things that he sees. Austin Powers in Goldmember. A group of strangers mysteriously awakens in a giant cubic structure in which each room warps space-time in a different way. In Israel, a student in archaeology is seeking a video camera hidden years ago by a mysterious time traveler.
Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour. In this film adaptation of the book by Michael Crichton , archaeologists travel to medieval France to rescue their professor, and find themselves in the middle of a battle. Rise of the Machines . In , Skynet sends another Terminator back in time, this time to , in a final attempt to kill John Connor before the inevitable nuclear holocaust on mankind. Hermione Granger receives a Time-Turner from Professor McGonagall , so she can attend more classes than time would normally allow.
Two friends build a time machine that allows them to create multiple, co-existing timelines. The effects and consequences of these interacting timelines, change the personalities of the characters and ruin their friendship. A college psychology student Ashton Kutcher learns that, by reading his childhood journals, he can temporarily travel to the past and inhabit his younger body.
By changing his past behaviours, he changes his current life, with unforeseen consequences. Distraught over his girlfriend's drug addiction, small-time dope peddler, Art Jay Baruchel , uses a time machine to journey into the past in a desperate gamble to change her future. An amnesiac, Persian Gulf War veteran Adrien Brody is subjected to an experimental treatment which moves him forward 15 years.
A Sound of Thunder. For an extraordinary price, Time Safaris, Inc. The plot is based loosely on the short story by Ray Bradbury , with the butterfly effect portrayed as much more pronounced. Summer Time Machine Blues.