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Which Potion Would You Choose?

Several versions of this question were making the social media rounds in the last few weeks. This is the one I saw on a friend’s Facebook feed:

I saw a few others versions of the question as well, with slightly different options (a popular version made the Red potion “1 billion dollars in cash” and the Purple potion “ability to time travel at will”).

The whole question is ridiculous, of course. Nobody’s really got those potions on offer (Dang it!!!….with my eldest heading off to college on the other coast next week, that Purple Teleporting Potion would come in really, really handy right now! Plus you could teleport away from any danger! And no more long commute!! Can you tell which one I’d choose???)

But I love theoretical questions like this, anyway, just because they reveal so much about our personalities and desires.

My husband, for instance, had absolutely no question which one he’d choose: the Blue Potion. He grew up by the ocean, and feels most deeply at home on the waves. He’s out on his kayak every chance he gets, but always worries about the dangers of tide and storm and undertow. The Blue Potion would make him so completely at home on the waves, he wouldn’t even have to worry about staying above the surface, and his ocean serenity would be complete.

His best kayaking / diving buddy said Blue, too, hands down, no question. “Wouldn’t anybody pick Blue?” he asked. And he looked puzzled when another friend screwed up his face and said, “The Blue one? That’s completely useless…why would you even want to be underwater that long?” That person? He wanted to stay young forever.

And the kayaking buddy’s wife, who was also in on the conversation? She wanted the Black Potion so she could become invisible at will. Not because she likes the idea of sneaking around and eavesdropping, but because she’s shy and has social anxiety, and would love to be able to fade away from scrutiny whenever she felt uncomfortable.

What about you? If you had to drink from one of those five vials, what would your choice be? And WHY??

What about the characters in your WIP? Which one would they choose?

I can’t wait to hear your answers!!

20 responses to “Which Potion Would You Choose?”

  1. Purple for me. I am not a good traveler and get motion sick at the drop of a hat but with family spread across the country… and grandbabies thousands of miles away… I’d love to “blink” and be there. Scotty beam me up!

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  2. I’m a Scotty beam me up fan too. I could teleport to the beach, visit the kids and grandkids that live so far away, see parts of the world I’ve longed to see anytime I wanted. Maybe I should pick the green and stay long enough until teleporting becomes a reality. But then I have this thing about Solvent Green. Whoo.

    As far as my heroine, she is a U.S. Marshal on a special undercover team, so she’d go black.

    Fun post!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Oh, yes!! The travel benefits of the Purple Potion!!! That would be great, too.

      While reading the Harry Potter books, I always wanted to be able to apparate!

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  3. jbrayweber says:

    It’s a good thing I don’t really have to choose. It would be a three-way tie. Like your hubby, Elisa, I’m in my happy place at and by the sea. It’s magical, mysterious, amazing, beautiful, peaceful…and dangerous. To be able to breathe under water would make my world complete. To be able to teleport is more practical. I live in the 4th largest city in the U.S. Traffic in and around the city and its suburbs, no matter the time of day, is a nightmare. I’m perpetually an angry driver. LOL! But, oh, to be young forever. That’s very enticing, too.

    Fun post, ELisa!

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  4. Hope Ramsay says:

    Well. . . I suppose if I HAD to, I’d take the Practical Purple Potion. It would allow me to visit my daughter in Chicago more often. But I seem to have trouble with questions like this. I can always see the down side of them. If I could teleport, and I was the only one, I’d be forever running errands for everyone. If I could stay young forever, would I still have the wisdom of my years? If I could breath underwater, had control over fire, or could go invisible would I end up being pressed into the League of Justice or be taken away to some black ops area where they’d try to use my super power for nefarious purposes? So, all in all, I’d rather not drink.

    The heroine in the paranormal WIP, however, would take the the Fire potion because, well, she’s supposed to be able to control the fire elemental and she can’t. So drinking the potion would be the easy way out for her. (Which would end my story in a hurry.) 🙂

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      LOL, Hope!! Leave it to you to see all the angles nobody else would see!!

      If I ever do get the Purple Potion, I’ll have to be very, very careful not to let anyone else see me do it.

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  5. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    Purple here, too…am currently quite a few miles away from my family and since retiring visit frequently. Rarely do I fly since I travel with my cat:) Of course, if I could teleport at will, I would add quite a few more destinations to my itinerary.

    As for the MC in WIP. I think she might choose the blue because, right now, it would be a handy ability to have at her fingertips.

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  6. For me the operative word in the green one is FOREVER. Had we but world enough and TIME… I don’t really care about staying young as long as I can have health and time. To have the time to see the whole world! (And if you teleport, you miss all the spaces in between.) To have time to write all the books in my head! Of course, I would want my friends and family to have the forever potion too, so I would be able to share forever with them.

    Love things like this. Everyone approaches them so differently. 🙂

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Time for writing!!! Can I have a potion for just an extra couple quiet hours per day….or a potion that would let me feel fully, completely rested on four hours per night of sleep. Then I could do my writing while the rest of the household sleeps.

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  7. Heather McCollum says:

    I’m going to have to go with Purple, although having fought off cancer (and worrying about its return), I might go with green. Although watching everyone else I love grow old and die would be really tough. So, yep, sticking with purple : ) I hate traveling and get dizzy when driving, which really hinders me from driving on highways. I can’t wait for those self-driving cars!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Yes, watching loved ones die while we live on would be awful…

      But I think a potion that let the drinker heal themselves and others from any sickness would be very, very popular!!! (At any point, when you felt your life was complete, you could just choose not to use it anymore on yourself.)

      I’d even choose it over the Purple.

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  8. Tamara Hogan says:

    I think I was a software developer for too long, because quizzes like this always make me think, “But what about…” With the green potion, do I get to pick which age I want to be? (I was DOG sick for many years during my youth.) For teleporting, does that include luggage? Why would I want to breathe under water if I’m so near-sighted that I couldn’t see? OTOH, you’d never drown… Pros and cons.

    That’s me…always with the loopholes, small print, and corner cases. 😉

    I heard a different version of this quiz on a public radio show a couple of years ago. It had a superhero spin: Which superpower would you prefer – the ability to fly, or to turn invisible at will?

    Listeners’ preferences showed a distinct gender split: Almost all the men chose the ability to fly, and almost all the women chose invisibility…for physical safety reasons.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Awesome deep thinking on the hidden consequences, Tammy!!

      And, yes, that Purple Potion BETTER include luggage!!! I’m not arriving at work (or the middle of Paris) butt naked.

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  9. Darynda Jones says:

    I love this! I think I’ve been a writer for too long. I LOVE the red one, power over fire. I have more than one book with fire playing a salient role, even if it’s just in my character’s aura.

    Although living forever might be kind of cool. Not sure. It would definitely be hard watching everyone you love grow old and die. Over and over. Hmmm… But eternal health would be nice.

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  10. Rita Henuber says:

    O. The poipole for sure. 🙂

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