I've waited long enough for somebody to start the ball rolling on The Time Traveler's Wife. I'll do it, I'll do it.
I'm only a few hundred pages in at this point, and have to say, I like the book. I think Niffenegger is pretty white and upper-crust in her references, that there are too many (2 so far) homophobic things going on, but all-in-all, I like the book.
As most things do, the premise of the book makes me think about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's about a normal person stuck with a supernatural problem -- Henry time travels; Buffy saves the world. It's also about a romance which is creepy, but seems genuine and solid -- at the age of 13 Clare realizes that she's in love with Henry, who she knows as a 30-something year old man; Buffy at 16 loves Angel who's like 250.
I read an interesting essay on the musical BTVS episode, called "Once More, with Feeling" (if you haven't seen it, you must). The essay points out that for sci-fi to succeed, a "creative tension" has to exist between the real and the unreal. My question about the Time Traveler's Wife : is the time travel real? Or a metaphor? Are we supposed to read Henry's genetic mutation as real? Or is he nuts, with multiple personality disorder?
There was another fantastic BTVS episode called "Normal Again" in which Buffy is drugged by the evil geek trio and hallucinates that she's in a mental institution hallucinating her life as the slayer. It's like, what if this has all been a psychotic episode? What if I'm reading Time Traveler's Wife with the assumption that Henry's completely bonkers? Because I think I kind of am at this point. I don't think Niffenegger (pen name next time, Audrey?) succeeds in selling the creative tension for me.
I like the book, I really do. I think, whether Henry's insane or really a time traveller. I think the love story (this really is a romance novel) is sweet, sad, and totally selfish on Henry's part.
What do y'all think?