I am a huge fan of the show Doctor Who.
Like, a huge fan. Unhealthily obsessed fan. There is a miniature shrine to Doctor Who in my room. (Not really. It’s a corner of my bookshelf with fandom merchandise on it. But it does exist.)
I’ve pretty much always loved the Sci-Fi genre; I think the ideas it presents are fascinating and the stories highly enjoyable. As such, I read, watch, and write Sci-Fi stories all the time.
My favorite theories are of time-travel and alternate realities.
This has caused me to think a certain way.
For example, Youngest Brother was watching an episode of Wonder Pets this morning. (If you don’t know what it is, Google it.)
In this episode, the Wonder Pets had to rescue Humpty Dumpty from his wall in a pop-up book. (How they fly into a pop-up book, which they do more than once, is beyond me. But that’s not the point.) So, as always, they manage to get Humpty Dumpty down from the wall and save him.
Of course, being the nerd that I am, the first thought I have is, “Wait, they just changed the natural course of events. Humpty Dumpty having a great fall and not being able to be put together again is a fixed event; they’ve just caused a rip in space-time.”
That isn’t even the first time I’ve had similar thoughts about a children’s show. In Super Why (again, just Google it), they change the story of The Princess and the Pea. You can’t do that. Everyone knows that story. The princess is kept awake by the pea under the however many mattresses, and so she’s deemed fit to wed the prince. The end. You can’t just change it. That should cause problems, unless you’re in an alternate universe, in which case the story taking a different turn would just be normal…
See what I mean?