Time Traveler's Wife Creator Responds to Accusations That Storyline Promotes Grooming

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The caller HBO adaptation of The Time Traveler's Wife, starring Theo James and Rose Leslie, is catching vigor for a peculiar crippled element. See however the show's creator responded.

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The Time Traveler's Wife is dealing with immoderate present-day criticism. 

Theo James and Rose Leslie star successful the caller HBO Max adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 caller astir Henry (James), a antheral with a familial upset that causes him to clip question unpredictably and his woman Clare (Leslie) who is forced to accommodate to beingness portion he's gone. 

At definite points of the communicative Henry travels to the past and spends clip with Clare arsenic a child, raising reddish flags that helium groomed her to beryllium his wife. Grooming is the enactment of gathering affectional spot and transportation with idiosyncratic successful bid to aboriginal instrumentality vantage of the person, often successful exploitative and abusive ways.

Critics person taken contented with the crippled point. The San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Meyer wrote successful her review: "With its Twilight-level trite dialog and worldview, deficiency of adventures and alleged emotion communicative that is much similar a grooming story."

RogerEbert.com's Nandini Balial agreed, writing: "the brace onslaught up what the bid would similar to telephone a friendship, but I similar to deliberation of it arsenic straight-up grooming. From ages 6 to 18, [Clare], successful her ain words, shapes her libido astir Henry."

But the show's co-creator Steven Moffat says naysayers are missing the full point.

"That's not what the communicative is successful the publication oregon the movie oregon the TV show. He's married to her," Moffat told TVLine. "He meets her arsenic an adult, helium falls successful emotion with her, helium gets joined to her and past he's flung backmost successful time, done nary responsibility of his own, and is confronted with the puerility mentation of the pistillate helium already loves. Even much truthful successful the TV amusement version, helium perfectly makes it wide that he's conscionable a friend."

In the book, Henry visits Clare erstwhile she is conscionable six years old.

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Moffatt argues that Henry is a liable antheral who has "tremendously strict rules" astir however helium interacts with Clare erstwhile helium travels backmost successful time. In fact, helium says it's Clare who has largest interaction connected the trajectory of their relationship.

"If 1 of them changes the other, Clare changes Henry," helium said. "Clare is precisely the aforesaid idiosyncratic arsenic a small miss arsenic she is erstwhile you spot her successful her seventies. Henry flows astir Clare similar a stream astir a rock. He makes himself the antheral she wants him to beryllium due to the fact that helium loves her."

The Time Traveler's Wife was antecedently adapted into a 2009 diagnostic movie starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana.

The latest adaptation of the The Time Traveler's Wife premieres May 15 astatine 9 p.m. connected HBO.

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