“I love. I have loved. I will love.”
~ Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Do we ever break down just why our favourite books are just so? On Top Ten Tuesday I posted about books I most wanted to reread and mentioned my adoration of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, and today I’m going to try and do just that, by trying to articulate in five short points just why I love it. If I didn’t sell you on it then, maybe I will today! This will be a challenge as I’m setting myself the short points guidelines to keep from rambling on. There may be spoilers. I’m hoping to be able to talk about this book without mentioning any specific things or whatnot but I can’t be sure that I won’t. I don’t know if you have to warn for things like that over a decade later, but I will say it anyway. Sorry if I ruin it for you!
Why I adore The Time Traveler’s Wife, in five short points
5. A fantastic and accurate book-to-film movie portrayal
Starting with the least important. I know this really has nothing to do with the book itself and how good it is or not. I do, however, think my opinion on a book is changed slightly when the film adaptation is naff. The adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife is lovely. I honestly don’t know how it was received by official critics but personally I adored it. The main points were covered, the feels were all there and the casting was spot on in terms of what I imagined. Also Rachel McAdams. Forever. Anything she is in will never suck.
4. Time travel
I’m a big sci-fi and fantasy fan. Seriously throw in a spaceship and I’ll watch it, but I digress. Time travel is right up my alley. it’s a topic that I’m really interested in and enjoy watching or reading. I’ll spend an age trying to figure out and dissect them. Most time travel stories are inherently clever and I love that. Basically, time travel, yes.
3. It’s surprisingly realistic
Leading right on from the weird and wonderful time travel element, somehow this book feels like a surprisingly realistic portrayal of a relationship. Yes, of course people aren’t literally going around time travelling away from each other, but in terms of a metaphor for distance and disconnection within a romantic relationship or marriage, it’s quite a representation of the idea that you and your partner just aren’t always on the same page (or in the same decade…).
“Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments line up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?”
2. It made me cry
Like a baby. The inevitability of the book’s conclusion just about broke my heart. There are some people I know that just can’t understand crying over a book, but I mark it down as stellar writing. It’s all about making the reader care, and if I care enough that I’m in tears over people that do not exist then I’d call that a job well done.
1. Love above all
Throughout the entirety of the story of Henry and Clare, I feel the love resonating off of the pages. From Clare’s joy on meeting real-time Henry to the fact that his love for her is what keeps bringing him back to visit her as a child, it feels like this story says, they love each other, and that is the most important thing of all. They face almost insurmountable odds, both typical and the fantastical and yet continue to love. In the very end, if you can see through your tears, I’m almost overwhelmed with Clare’s unending love for Henry.
I’m a romantic at heart and it hits all my unwavering love buttons.
So why do you love your favourite books?