The Time Traveler’s Wife is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. Niffenegger, frustrated in love when she began the work, wrote the story as a metaphor for her failed relationships.
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I took forever to actually get on this bandwagon for no particular reason. It wasn’t until I signed up for buddy read that I ordered the book and actually read the book. It was a lot bigger than I thought it’d be but I was up for the challenge. I was hooked from the first page and although it was more ‘adult’ than I imagined, it was an amazing read. I felt crushed and this book really tore at my heartstrings. It had one of those bittersweet endings that I wish ended more happy than not.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is a 2009 American romantic science fiction drama film based on Audrey Niffenegger‘s 2003 novel of the same name.Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film stars Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, and Ron Livingston. The story follows Henry DeTamble (Bana), a Chicago librarian with a paranormal genetic disorder that causes him to randomly time travel as he tries to build a romantic relationship with Clare Abshire (McAdams), who would become his wife.
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The only reason I found out about this story as a whole was because I saw the trailer for the movie on TV back when it first came out. I was intrigued but not intrigued enough to actually watch it…so yes, I waited almost a decade to share in this adventure. I don’t particularly ‘do’ romance but the time travel part got me interested. The movie is not much different than the book and I think the adaptation was done very well. Rachel McAdams is an amazing actress and I feel like she’s perfect for these movies you know. The Notebook, The Vow, The Time Traveler’s Wife…she’s amazing in all of them.
What I imagined in my head does not compare to what the movie brought to life so for this one I’m going with the movie. I had to hold back tears near the end. The emotions were so clearly portrayed that many a time I almost forgot I was only watching a movie. Both the book and the movie were fantastic and I think the movie definitely did the book justice.