A WRINKLE IN TIME is a cleverly crafted novel and play for many reasons

First, the major characters are well-developed individuals with strengths and weaknesses, just like us. The major characters struggle to face important challenges, just like us. As a result, we care about the characters. (See our Complex Characters blog from last week).

Secondly, the play contains great themes (more on that next week) that can impact how we see our world.

Thirdly, the plot contains many conflicts. Let’s look at Meg’s character, for example. Meg faces a Person Vs. Person Conflict when she fights with other students and her teachers. Meg encounters a Person vs. Self Conflict when she struggles to be herself.  Finally, Meg faces Person vs. Outside Forces when she fights IT.

Sci-Fi or Fantasy?

A WRINKLE IN TIME is also the type of fiction that would be categorized as both Sci-Fi and Fantasy. 

Let’s look at the definitions of these two types of fiction. Science fiction makes an attempt to understand events using science. What happens might be something that could occur in the future, if it has a base in science. 

Fantasy is a kind of fiction that is impossible in the real world.  Fantasy is to be cherished and loved.

Examine the the novel now or the play after you have seen the production.  What events would you consider Science fiction?  What events would you consider Fantasy?  Is IT Science Fiction or Fantasy?  What about Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which?  Tesseract? 

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One final comment. I believe the blending of Science Fiction and Fantasy adds to the quality of the play because both stir our imagination, but in different ways.  Science Fiction causes us to wonder, ‘Will this be possible during my lifetime?’  Fantasy causes us to Love and cherish the whimsy.

I like to understand things, Meg said.
“We all do.
But it isn’t always possible.
— A WRINKLE IN TIME, p.53

 

Olivia Bastian, Educator and Board Chair of Lyric Arts Theater

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