LIT GETS REEL: NOVEMBER 2019 ADAPTATIONS

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Merry Christmas! JK, y’all! We know Thanksgiving is still weeks away, so there shall be no Christmas talk from us until at least the end of the month. What better way to take your minds off the bombardment of all things Santa than with a few adaptations coming to a theater (and a Netflix) near you. These November 2019 adaptations have something for the book nerds who love a good mystery, and there is even an adaptation for the few who are already in the holiday spirit.

Motherless Brooklyn – November 1

Synopsis: In 1950’s New York, Lionel Essrog is a lonely detective with Tourette’s syndrome trying to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. With only a few clues and his obsessive mind, Lionel must battle Gotham power brokers to honor his friend and save a woman who may be his only salvation. Motherless Brooklyn is inspired by the novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem.

The Irishman – November 1

Synopsis: Frank Sheeran is a World War II veteran turned hustler and hitman for organized crime where he worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century and may be responsible for the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa. The Irishman is based on the memoir I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt.

Earthquake Bird – November 1

Synopsis: Lucy Fly is an expat in Tokyo haunted by a painful past who begins an intense relationship with handsome local photographer Teiji. Lucy’s imperturbable exterior starts to crack when Lily Bridges becomes entangled in the lives of Lucy and Teiji, then goes missing. Earthquake Bird is based on Susanna Jones’ debut novel The Earthquake Bird

Doctor Sleep – November 8

Synopsis: Danny Torrance is an adult, but he is still traumatized by the events he experienced as a child at the Overlook Hotel. Doctor Sleep is based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King that is the sequel to the iconic The Shining

Let It Snow – November 8

Synopsis: A small town is hit with a snowstorm on Christmas Eve that affects the romances, friendships, and futures of several high school seniors. Let is Snow is inspired by the short story collection Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle.

The Good Liar – November 15

Life-long con artist Roy Courtnay thinks he has landed the perfect mark in wealthy widow Betty McLeish, but Betty’s secretive past may turn what was supposed to be a cut-and-dry-swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of Roy’s life. The Good Liar is inspired by the critically acclaimed debut novel of the same name by Nicholas Searle.

Your Turn

So… are you excited about these November 2019 adaptations? Which adaptation is already on your Netflix watch list? Are you excited to see the sequel to The Shining on the big screen? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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REEL LIT GETS BUZZED: HALLOWEEN COSTUME QUIZ

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Halloween season is in full force, Reel Lites, and tomorrow is the day we’ve all been working towards. Is your bookish costume ready to impress the masses? If you are at a loss of what you should dress up as this year, then join me in taking this Halloween Costume Quiz from BuzzFeed to help us decide what we should wear this year. We took the quiz, and here are our answers:

First off, how much are you willing to spend on your costume?

As little as possible
$20 – $40
$40 – $60
$60 – $100
Over $100

How often do you normally wear your costumes?

I wear a new costume every season
I keep the same costume every few years then get a new one
I still wear the same costume from 10 years ago
I wear it as often as I can, even if it’s not Halloween
Depends on what I’m planning to do

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Pick a Halloween movie.

Hocus Pocus
Nightmare Before Christmas
Beetlejuice
Ghostbusters
Halloween

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What are your plans for Halloween?

Trick-or-treating
Go to as many parties as I can
Hosting a party
Whatever I get invited to
I’m not sure yet

Which Halloween decoration do you like most?

Fog machines
Lights
Animatronics
Inflatables
Ghost Portraits

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Your SO says they want to do a couples costume. Which costumes would you most likely wear?

Tooth and Tooth Fairy
Wonder Woman and Superman
Princess Peach and Mario
Vampires
Princess and Prince

Which costume award do you want to win most?

Best Costume
Scariest Costume
Sexiest Costume
Most Creative Costume
Best Couple Costume

The Verdict

You got: A Superhero
You admire the classic heroes all the kids look up to. Nothing is better to show off your patriotism and be ready to kick some villain butt!

Your Turn

So…what is your bookish Halloween costume? What did the Halloween Costume Quiz tell you to wear? Which superhero should we be? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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REEL LIT REFLECTIONS: THE PRINCESS DIARIES

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Title: The Princess Diaries
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Publication Date: 2000
Summary: Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman who is flunking Algebra until Mia finds out her mother is dating her Algebra teacher, and her father reveals he is the crowned prince of Genovia. To make matters worse, Mia still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance.

Whiny …

While reading The Princess Diaries, I felt like not the targeted audience for this book because I was constantly annoyed by Mia. This is probably because I am an adult and my teen years are so far behind me that I can barely remember how much life revolved around simply trying to fit in at school. Plus, I was an academic superstar and was definitely NOT failing Algebra. Mia seemed to complain and whine about everything, and I just wanted to yell “Just do your f@#$ing homework!” or “Leave that dumb boy alone. He’s nothing but trouble!” Haha! I sound like someone’s mother, and I don’t even have kids.

… But Wise

However, there were other times when Mia was the story’s unlikely voice of reason and provided plenty of gems Mia in some of those diary entries, which are definitely in The Princess Diaries Quotefest. One of my favorite parts of The Princess Diaries was Mia’s essay on the 10 women she most admires. The list included pop culture icons Madonna and Princess Diana and lifelong politician Hillary Rodham Clinton along with Mia’s mom and best friend. Although I was disappointed Mia’s list of women she most admires did not include any women of color, I was more disappointed in Grandmère deeming her list unworthy. That was one of the few times where I sided with Mia.

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A Disney-fied Diary

In all transparency, I have seen The Princess Diaries previously, and I remember thoroughly enjoying the movie. While reading the novel, I already knew to expect quite the license being taken with the adaptation. Therefore, to give this adaptation a chance, I won’t criticize all of the little disappointing differences since I knew there was no way certain aspects of book would be present in Disney’s interpretation. Also, if I did that, this adaptation would most certainly get a well deserved failing grade.

Grandmère went from sharp tongued, chain smoker to a charming grandmotherly Queen Mary Poppins. Dad went from the model-dating playboy who lost a testicle to cancer to Ghost Dad providing his daughter sage advice from the great beyond. The general edginess of New York was replaced with the bubblegum sunniness of San Francisco. Mom dating Mia’s Algebra teacher went from significant to nonexistent.

Clumsy Mia from Princess Diaries
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Above all else, where did the clumsy, nervous, klutzy Mia come from? These tropes used to indicate a nerdy person always comes off annoying. Being nerdy is not synonymous with being clumsy. As a self-proclaimed nerd, I am tired of these dated clichés.

Overall Opinion

I wasn’t really feeling The Princess Diaries, but I do not think I am the intended audience. If I was younger when reading The Princess Diaries, I believe my experience would be more positive. All in all, The Princess Diaries is a good book for a lighthearted reading session, but I would recommend it more for middle grade and young teen readers.

It was simultaneously adorable and annoying to watch Disney’s version of The Princess Diaries. Although I was not wowed by the book, the movie adaptation was more disappointing this time around after reading the book because of all the changes that were made in order to get the Disney seal of approval. I still find the movie to be cute, charming, and very family friendly, but I wish it included more aspects from the novel.

The Final Grade

Laborious Literature: It took me way too long to read this book, but it was mostly due to me not being the intended audience. I did enjoy parts of The Princess Diaries, but not enough to keep reading the series.

Kettle Korn: The Princess Diaries is not a terrible adaptation, but I think Disney’s attempt makes it more cookie cutter and takes away some of the edge and charm of its source material.

Your Turn

So…have you read or watched The Princess Diaries? Do you dream of becoming royalty? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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CROWN THESE PRINCESS DIARIES QUOTES

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The Princess Diaries wasn’t our cup of tea, but that didn’t stop us for finding crowning these Princess Diaries Quotes the queen of this quotefest. Thanks you Mia being the story’s unlikely voice of reason and sharing some sage advice, we have the quotes that make us laugh, nod in agreement, and pause to ponder.

What a Boy Wants

She says we have to be very understanding of him right now, because men have needs, and one of them is the need to feel progenitively omnipotent.

Don’t Say “Shut up!”

Maybe nobody has a right to tell anybody to shut up. Maybe this is how wars get started, because someone tells someone else to shut up, and then no one will apologize.

To Tell the Truth?

Why is it that the only time I can tell the truth is when it’s guaranteed to get me into trouble?

Get Sponsored or Suffer

When you can’t get the popular kids on your side, you have to realize it’s hopeless: Without celebrity supporters, no cause stands a chance.

Better to Be Alone

But the thing is, I would rather not have a boyfriend at all than have one who is only using me for my money or the fact that my father is a prince or for any reason, really, except that he likes me for me, and nothing else.

‘Cause I’m Just a Girl

There’s a lot of stuff about being a girl I never realized. Like having your shoes match your gown. I didn’t know that was so important.

People Don’t Dance No More

Slow dancing is strange. It isn’t even dancing, really. It’s more like standing there with your arms around the other person, moving from one foot to the other in time to the music.

Your Turn

So…did you love our selection of Princess Diaries quotes? Do you have any Princess Diaries quotes to share? What’s your opinion on slow dancing? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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LIT YOU NEED TO READ: FILIPINO AMERICAN OWNVOICES BOOKS

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Although most of us conjure thoughts of pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween Costumes when October rolls around, it is high time to add celebrating the culture and history of the Filipino Diaspora to the list. In 1991, the Filipino American National Historical Society proposed the inaugural Filipino American History Month to begin October 1992.

Why October, you may ask? Well, October commemorates the arrival of the first Filipinos to California in 1587. October is also the birth month of Filipino American labor leader Larry Itliong who is known as one of the fathers of the West Coast labor movement. So … book lover, why not consider giving one of these Filipino American ownvoices books a peruse while you are sipping on another PSL.

America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan

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This semi-autobiographical novel begins with  the protagonist’s childhood in rural Philippines dealing with US Imperialism following the Spanish-American War and continues with life in 1930s United States as a Filipino migrant worker enduring racial violence and abuse in California and the Pacific Northwest while struggling with the ideals of the American Dream.

America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

In this story of three generations of women within one immigrant family, Castillo illuminates the violent political history of the Philippines and the insular immigrant communities that grew from leaving behind the home they have always known in pursuit of the American Dream. When Hero de Vera arrives to the home of her Uncle Pol in the Bay Area, she has been disowned by her parents. Pol’s young wife Paz knows enough about the secretive De Vera family to keep her head down and to not ask questions, but their American-born daughter Roni can’t resist asking Hero about her damaged hands.

Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina-American Writers by Nick Carbó (Editor) and Eileen Tabios (Editor)

In the first international anthology of Filipina writers in the United States, Babaylan reflects the complex history of the Filipina diasporic experience that stretches not only the globe but also generations. Sixty writers provide a comprehensive view of the rich tradition of Philippine literature and culture that can be traced back to the time when priestess-poets called babaylan held sway over community rituals.

Fixer Chao by Han Ong

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The Feng Shui scam of the century is born when Filipino street hustler William Narciso Paulinha meets disreputable and social-climbing Shem C. who is still bitter about his lack of success. Under the guidance of Shem C., Paulinha assumes the persona of Master Chao, a revered Feng Shui practitioner from Hong Kong. Together they peddle their distorted philosophy to New York City’s elite in Ong’s debut that questions race, privilege, identity, and what it means to be Asian in American at the turn of the 21st century.

The Gangster of Love by Jessica Hagedorn

Rocky Rivera arrives in the United States from the Philippines on the day Jimi Hendrix dies in this coming-of-age story melding the tensions of immigration with the haunting of homeland life left behind. In pursuit of the American Dream, Rocky moves from the counterculture of 1960s San Francisco to the extravagant music scene of 1980s Manhattan with her guitar-playing boyfriend Elvis Cheng.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

In this YA horror novel pitched as Dexter meets The Grudge, Okiku is a lonely soul hunting murders who kill children like the man who threw her body down a well 300 years ago until she meets Tark. While neighbors fear the moody teen with the intricate tattoos, Okiku knows the boy is not a monster. He just needs to be freed from the evil that clings to him, but if the demon dies, its host dies too.

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan 

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Ia Cōcha is the notorious outlaw and criminal mastermind feared throughout the universe. No one knows is a seventeen-year-old girl who has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth after they destroyed her home. When she is captured and her true identity is exposed, the Commonwealth sees Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity. The Commonwealth can prove that no one is beyond their control by forcing her to serve them.

Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

History and personalities collide when a Filipino translator and an American filmmaker clash while collaborating on a film script about a massacre during the Philippine-American War. Chiara is working on a film about an incident in Balangiga, Samar when Filipino revolutionaries attacked American troops who quickly retaliate by attacking the surrounding countryside. After reading Chiara’s script, Magsalin writes her own version of the story.

The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

Soledad has always been able to escape into the stories she creates, and she needs that escape more than ever since losing her mother and sister five years ago and moving from the Philippines to Louisiana. When her father abandons Sol and her youngest sister Ming, Ming begins to believe the mythical, world-traveling Auntie Jove from Sol’s stories will soon rescue them from their evil stepmother Vea.

The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race by Anthony Christian Ocampo

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While Filipino Americans helped establish the Asian American movement and are classified by the United States Census as Asian, they share many cultural characteristics, like names, religion, and language, with Latinos due to the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the Philippines. In The Latinos of Asia, Ocampo shows how the racial identities of Filipinos depend largely on social context and its impact on the changing racial landscape of American society.

Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War by M. Evelina Galang

During World War II, thousands of Filipinas were kidnapped by the Japanese Imperial Army and placed into “rape camps.” Lolas’ House brings the testimonies from 16 of the surviving Filipino “comfort women” with the hopes that no women will ever suffer from rape and torture during wartime.

When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe

Inspired by her father’s firsthand accounts of the waning days of World War II when the United States and Japan battled for possession of the Philippines, When the Elephants Dance brings the story of the hope and courage needed to survive during wartime in a blend of the supernatural with the rich Filipino culture. As the Karangalan family hides with their neighbors in a cramped cellar, they share stories that reflect the resilience and courage of the Filipino people.

Your Turn

So…which Filipino American ownvoices books are you adding to your TBR ASAP? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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THE GET TO KNOW ME TAG

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September is a very special month for me because not only is it my Birthday Month (Shout out to my fellow Virgos!), it is also Reel Literature’s Blogiversary! In 2019, the Year of our Lord and Savior Blue Ivy, Reel Literature is celebrating 3 years of talking about books in these internet streets. Thank you to all the visitors who read and enjoy all of our posts, and many thanks to the visitors who leave a comment or three. We always appreciate all of that attention and love! Here is to many more years of book blogging fun!

In honor of this double celebration, we are taking another look behind the screen, and I am sharing more about ME! This post is the Get to Know Me Tag from fellow blogger and former Summer 2017 Comment Challenge Partner, Maddie from Polaroid Books.

The Basics

Birthday: September 18

Gender: Cis Woman

Relationship Status: Taken

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Siblings: 3 – 1 Older Sister; 2 Younger Brothers

Favorite Color: Purple

Pets: Luna – I became a step cat mom to Luna when my boyfriend and I moved into together, but I love her like she’s my own.

Luna enjoying her favorite past time, sleeping like she just worked a double shift at the factory to support her family of four.

Wake Up and Go To Sleep Times: Go to sleep around 10 pm; Wake up around 6 am

Day or Night: Night 

Text or Call: Text

Light or Dark Hair: Dark

Intelligence or Attraction: Intelligence

City or Country: City

Wake Up to Make Up

Lipbalm or Lipstick: Both – Lipstick when I do a beat face. Lipbalm is a regular part of my daily skincare routine.

Mascara or Eyeliner: Mascara – I can live without eyeliner.

Bronzer or Blush: Blush – It is hard to find bronzers for deeper complexions.

Powder Foundation or Liquid Foundation: Both, but I usually go with a liquid foundation.

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NARS or M.A.C: Both – The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer was my holy grail for the longest time, but I am also a fan of the MAC Fix+ Spray.

Natural or Bold: BOTH – Sometimes I like natural. Sometimes I like bold. It really depends on the eye shadow palette I’m using.

Pink Lips or Red Lips: Red Lips – The old me would never, but now I’m a bad b*tch when I wear that Uncensored Fenty Stunna Lip Paint!

Dark Eye Shadow or Light Eye Shadow: BOTH! GIVE ME ALL OF THE EYE SHADOW!!!

Drug Store or High End: Both (Sephora AND Ulta are my happy places)

Playing Dress Up

Cardigans or Coats: Cardigans – I like to keep the layers light. 

Boyfriend Jeans or Skinny Jeans: Neither – I’m more of a sundress kind of gal.

Stripes or Dots: Dots

Hats or Beanies: Beanies because they look better on my big AF head. I also love a good beret as I channel my inner Cher and Dionne.

Sunglasses or No Sunglasses: Sunglasses … Always!

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Singlets or T-Shirts: What are singlets?

Skirts or Pants: Skirts – It is hard to find cute pants that are long enough, but it has been getting a little easier in the past few years.

Dresses or Overalls: Dresses – I am not a farmer, a toddler, or skinny enough to pull off overalls and still look cute.

Heels or Flats: Flats – I tried pretending for a long time that I was into heels, but for me, they are no go.

Converse or Nikes: Both – Nikes for workouts. Chucks for everyday wear.

Baggy or Tight: Both – Baggy tops with tight bottoms or tight tops with baggy bottoms.

Foodie Faves

Cooking or Baking: Baking – I bake some of the best chocolate chip cookies EVER, and I am ready to bake even more when I finally have a decent kitchen again.

Coke or Pepsi: Coke – Pepsi is too sweet and doesn’t have enough bite for my palate.

Smoothies or Milkshakes: Both – I like making smoothies at home to fend away the scurvy, but I never say no to a thick chocolate milkshake. I’m already salivating at the thought.

Cupcakes or Biscuits: Cupcakes – I do love a good fluffy, buttery biscuits, but I can never turn down a cupcake.

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Spicy or Not Spicy: SPICY!!!!!!!!

Fried or Baked: Fried – Everything tastes better when it’s fried.

Entertainment Choices

Apple or Samsung: Apple

Computer or TV: Computer – Nowadays, computers are basically TVs too.

Headphones or Earphones: – Headphones, those earbuds are always falling out of my ears!

iPod Touch or iPad: iPad – iPhones are basically iPod Touches, so I already have one.

Xbox or PlayStation: Neither – I only like playing Guitar Hero and Mario Kart so it’s the Nintendo Wii and Switch for me.

Video Games or Computer Games: Video Games – I’m not really a gamer, but I definitely don’t play computer games.

Twitter or Tumblr: Twitter – I’ve never had a Tumblr account.

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Facebook or YouTube: Both – I love my Facebook Groups and the Reel Literature Facebook Page, but I absolutely LOVE all my YouTube beauty channels!

Your Turn

So…are you Coke or Pepsi? Would you choose Facebook or YouTube? Do you prefer a natural or a bold beat? When is your blogiversary? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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REEL REVIEW: THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE

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Title: The Time Traveler’s Wife
Screenwriter: Bruce Joel Rubin
Director: Robert Schwentke
Release Date: August 14, 2009
Synopsis: A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.

The Absence of Free Will

The main issue I took with The Time Traveler’s Wife, which is an issue for most adaptations that don’t meet my expectations, is that the movie does not include significant plot points from the book, but add events to the movie that never occurred. It usually makes for a terrible adaptation. The Time Traveler’s Wife creates this adaptation faux pas by forgetting that the common thread throughout this story is free will that leads to the inevitable. The movie actually commits this faux pas at least two times during some pivotal moments. The first adaption faux pas is when Henry and Clare going house hunting. The second obvious faux pas is when Clare and Henry are trying to get pregnant. Throw the whole scene in the trash because the movie really missed the mark. The adapters took the lazy route with the book’s free will concept, so the movie is diminished from the lack of nuance from the source material.

A Mis-Cast of Characters

Another issue I had with this adaptation was that the characters were so one-dimensional compared to their bookish counterparts. The main culprit is definitely Ron Livingston’s version of Gomez. Livingston got Gomez’s dickish characteristics down, but he was missing Gomez’s charm and humor. It also felt like the movie was trying to recreate The Notebook (but with time travel) with Rachel McAdams as Allie Clare and Eric Bana as Ryan Gosling’s understudy because this adaptation was too sappy for no reason when the source material is the opposite. Where were the rebellious Gen X punks? Where was the smart dialogue? Where were the dynamic relationships? Where was Mrs. Kim? I fell in love with some smart and funny characters while reading The Time Traveler’s Wife and was disappointed to see those characters fall completely flat on the screen.

Overall Opinion

This review could have easily turned into another rant, but I tried to keep the rantiness at bay because I knew what I was getting into. I specifically chose to read The Time Traveler’s Wife because it was considered one of the worst adaptations. Although, it’s not at the top of my list of worst adaptations (that distinction still belongs to The Giver), The Time Traveler’s Wife adaptation is no bueno. It was beyond disappointing to watch a rich story be watered down to almost nothingness on screen.

The Final Grade

Burnt Popcorn: The only parts this adaptation seemed to get right were the names of the characters and the fact that Henry is a time traveler. The movie dropped the ball when it came to capturing some of the most important and pivotal events in the story, so anyone who enjoyed reading The Time Traveler’s Wife should avoid this adaptation at all costs because it’s just a melodramatic mess.

Your Turn

So…do you think The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of the worst adaptations? Did the movie remind you of The Notebook? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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LIT REVIEW: THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE

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Title: The Time Traveler’s Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage
Publication Date: 2003
Summary: The story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder. Periodically his genetic clock resets, and he finds himself pulled into emotional moments of his life, both past and future.

Three is a Crowd

The Time Traveler’s Wife centers around Clare and Henry’s love story, but the mistress within the relationship is time. Time usually got in the way of Clare and Henry enjoying the best of what their love has to offer to the strength and health of their relationship. I absolutely LOVED how the reader is able to see how Henry’s time travel affects the relationship through the eyes of both Clare and Henry. From the title, you may assume the book is only told through Clare’s point of view, but I am happy to let you know this is not the case. In fact, I’m pretty sure we actually experience the majority of the story through Henry’s point of view, which makes sense since Henry is the time traveler. Even though the title of the book is The Time Traveler’s Wife, the reader (me, I am reader) is mostly interested in how this time travel thing works in the story, which means concentrating the story on the actual time traveler and not the time traveler’s wife.

Science Faction

The most enjoyable part of The Time Traveler’s Wife was how time travel works in general within this story. Although Henry’s time traveling is totally science fiction, I really enjoyed how it was centered in reality. It never felt gimmicky at any point in the story. There were no DeLoreans. There were no Pym Particles … just a person whose genetics made them move through time and space. What helps the element of time travel stay grounded is that it is limited to mostly Henry and Clare’s past. A few times the story takes us to the future, but those times are far and few between, and those events still take place in the realm of Clare and Henry’s reality. Also, most times when we think about going to the past with time travel, we think of how we can change the past to create a better future. What I liked about this story was the explicit distinction that Henry was not able to change anything that already happened when he travels through time. Since the story touches on a very significant event that occurred in September 2001, it was essential to establish that canon in order to maintain some semblance of reality in the story since dates also play an important role in the book.

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Overall Opinion

I enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife from start to almost finished. Like most highly conceptualized books, The Time Traveler’s Wife didn’t really stick the landing with that ending to the story. After the climactic event, the story started to flounder, especially when it comes to the story from Clare’s point of view. However, I would still recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife as a perfect summer read. The story is not fluffy, but it is engaging enough to keep you nose deep while lounging by the pool. Also, unless you are fluent in German and French, it would be most beneficial to read this book on a Kindle for easier translation of some of the foreign language phrases sprinkled throughout the novel.

The Final Grade

Page Turner: Despite the lackluster ending, The Time Traveler’s Wife kept me constantly engaged. My face was in this book every this I had a free moment. I needed to know what was happening next! I also enjoyed the nontraditional storytelling for this traditional boy meets girl love story. If you like a little science fiction in your romance, or if you like a little romance in your science fiction, then add The Time Traveler’s Wife to your TBR, immediately.

Your Turn

So…did you enjoy the ending for The Time Traveler’s Wife? Would you prefer to be the Clare or the Henry in your relationship? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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TIMELESS TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE QUOTES

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The Time Traveler’s Wife is an interesting novel with a lackluster adaptation, but the book full of timeless quotes that slap. In this quotefest, these Time Traveler’s Wife quotes touch upon love, loss, and relationship dynamics.

What is Time?

Clock time is our bank manager, tax collector, police inspector; this inner time is our wife.

Our love has been the thread through the labyrinth, the net under the high-wire walker, the only real thing in this strange life of mine that I could ever trust. Tonight I feel that my love for you has more density in this world than I do, myself: as though it could linger on after me and surround you, keep you, hold you…Time is nothing.

Secret Silver Lining

This is a secret: sometimes I am glad when Henry is gone. Sometimes I enjoy being alone. Sometimes I walk through the house late at night and I shiver with the pleasure of not talking, not touching, just walking, or sitting, or taking a bath…Sometimes I am glad when Henry’s gone, but I’m always glad when he comes back.

Will You Remember Me?

Dead people need us to remember them, even if it eats us, even if all we can do is say I’m sorry until it is as meaningless as air.

Nevertheless … I Persisted

But don’t you think,” I persist, “that it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?

Dilemma

I hate to be where she is not, when she is not. And yet, I am always going, and she cannot follow.

Chaos Theory

"Chaos is more freedom; in fact, total freedom. But no meaning. I want to be free to act, and I also want my actions to mean something." – Audrey Niffenegger, #TimeTravelersWife #Quotes Click To Tweet

Could It All Be So Simple?

Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by absence?

Free Will is Inevitable

He said something interesting: he said that he thinks there is only free will when you are in time, in the present. He says in the past we can only do what we did, and we can only be there if we were there…You go to the future, you do something, you come back to the present. Then the thing that you did is part of your past. So that’s probably inevitable, too.

Your Turn

So…do these Time Traveler’s Wife quotes slap for you? Which Time Traveler’s Wife quotes do you love best? Let us know in the comments! |RL

P.S. Want more Time Traveler’s Wife? Check out the book and movie reviews!

11 DREAM INSPIRED BOOKS FOR YOUR TBR

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We have another interesting bookish guest post that is bringing books and sleep together. If you are like us, and you do a lot of reading in bed, then you might be interested in knowing more behind the books that were actually inspired by a good night’s sleep. Many thanks to Sleep Adviser for bringing the must-read dream inspired books to these Reel Lit streets!

Sleep to Dream

If you have ever been unable to put a great book down, you know how easy it is to get lost in a story. The interesting characters, the fascinating plot points, and the enthralling descriptions can keep you turning page after page. Authors work very hard to craft compelling stories their readers will not only enjoy, but love. For many authors, this takes years of hard work and planning. It may even mean hundreds of rejections, thousands of edits and loads of re-writing. However, for a lucky few, the entire story appeared in their dreams

Given all we know about dreams, it makes sense. Nightmares and night time visions are a way for your brain to process the day’s information and emotions, so it can be correctly stored in your memory. This often involves connecting disparate ideas and synthesizing new imagery. Authors who are trying to come up with fresh ideas and unique twists might have their best epiphanies in their dreams. Below are some writers who dreamed fantastic stories and gave the book world some of our favorite reads!

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