Sunday, April 3, 2011

"Can't Stop Loving Love Stories" - Review of "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger

I usually like reading books that have movies made from them. I never watch the movie first. I always read the book and then view the movie. After reading the book I borrow from the library I usually then borrow the movie from the library or video store or kiosk and I'm usually disappointed in the movie. Besides my disappointment, I love putting faces to the names. With books you have to use your imagination and the descriptions from the author in order to create the look of each character and setting of each scene. After creating my idea of what the characters look like, I like to view the movies made from these books and see what the casting director(s) have come up with.

This fiction novel is so different from others that I have read. It's a love story and I can't stop loving love stories. At first the novel is extremely confusing. The dates jump around continuously. You think gees, I'm never going to keep up with the constant switching of dates, times, and ages of the characters, but the novel comes full circle and closes every end of every unknown scenario it presents. I enjoyed the novel because it was so different. There was so much love and then at the same time so much despair. I found myself crying of joy, love, loss, and sorrow.

Niffenegger draws a beautiful picture of the characters and really brings them to life. She brings to life "Time Traveling" which she says is a disease in which Henry the main male character suffers from. She makes the disease sort of scientific which lends to its authenticity throughout the entire book. You believe that it can be a real disease. When you or I think of time traveling the first thing you may think of is a time machine or Doc Brown and the Delorean from "Back to the Future", but it's nothing like that and the novel gives you a whole new prospective on time traveling. Its ups and its downs.

It's a beautiful story and I could read it over and over again. I am dying to see the movie and see what they've done with it. Which scenes and or characters have they omitted due to time constraints? What differences will there be in the characters' appearances? What will the settings look like in the motion picture medium? I'll leave my take on the movie when I finish viewing it. Please feel free to comment and leave any feedback you have about any of these novels or movies mentioned.

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