There’s a classic Twilight Zone episode called Little Girl Lost, where a girl crawls through a trans-dimensional doorway that appears in her room and her parents spend the entire episode trying to get her back before it closes again.
If you haven’t watched the original Twilight Zone TV episodes, please fix that.*
Now, if you were a little girl and a trans-dimensional doorway suddenly appeared in your room, would you go through it?
I so totally would.
It’s not that I’m tremendously brave (really, I’m a chicken about many things), but the new-ness addict in me could literally not resist such a temptation. I mean, how often do you have a chance to change dimensions??
The lure of shiny new objects is especially dangerous when I have a bit of time open up in my schedule. Time to get all those photo albums finally organized, you say? Or possibly get caught up on my mile-long to-do list? Wait! There’s a trans-dimensional window!
Are you a new-ness addict too? How do you fight the compulsion to follow the cool, new things that pop up in life?
*Studying the variety of brain sparks that were generated for the Twilight Zone series is a master’s course in speculative fiction. We could do worse than re-imagine a few TZ episodes for YA fiction today.