She soon started OCS as the series The Time Traveler’s Wife was already creating controversy across the Atlantic. In question, the relationship between an adult man and a small woman, is brought to be his wife. A friendship defended by the maker of the show.
The Time Traveler’s Wife was burned by critics! Adapted from a novel published in 2003, the series created by Steven Moffat (Sherlock, Doctor Who) chronicles the romance between Henry (Theo James), who travels through time by accident, and Claire (Rose Leslie), who met at the age of 6. years before marrying him later.
A relationship that raises the big question: is it a beautiful love story that stands the test of time or a bad romance?
A rejected scheme
The interest in time travel is often to open the door to a whole set of contradictions or moral questions. In the case of The Time Traveler’s Wife, many critics point out that watching a 30-something is a constant visit to a child and then a teenager that she knows her future with a problem.
“A man over 30 who almost raised his future wife, from the age of 6, to make him an ideal partner, has a much worse definition now than in 2003“, Can we read in time. “The duo formed what the show wanted to be called friendship, but I prefer to watch this sexual predation.“, wrote, for his part, a journalist from the site rogerebert.com.
the San Francisco Chronicle goes on by saying:The widespread sense of exploitation in this series culminated in the chilling depiction of the relationship between adult Henry and young Claire. Henry goes back in time to befriend the young woman and, in all likelihood, is forced to fall in love with her.
This point in the plot may be related to the continuation of the timeline. But it feels like a narcissism fueled by strong suggestions of predation.
This premise was disgusting in 2003 when Niffenegger wrote the book. In 2022, after #MeToo and the scandals of Jeffrey Epstein and Woody Allen, as everyone knows, a series is based on meeting an adult with a child’s secret in the woods (…) would not have been possible.“
Who conditioned you?
Note that the term “posture”, which can be translated as “sexual predation” in French, is when an adult befriends a child and gains his or her confidence to have a sexual relationship, is used in characters themselves. But the series presents the situation as more “conditioning for love” than “conditioning for sex”.
In fact, when, at the age of 18, Claire tried to have sex with a 41-year-old Henry, she began by refusing, realizing that she had almost educated her future wife, conditioning her to love him. But the latter responded to the contrary, that he was the one who conditioned Henry to be the man of his dreams.
The response of the creator of the series
Asked by TVLine about these accusations of predation, Steven Moffat, who was a big fan of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel, in which he took up the plot and he considered “perfect“, replied:
“This is not what happens in the book, movie or series. He is married. She meets him as an adult, he loves her, she marries him, then throws him in the past, innocent of himself, and he confronts the childish version of the woman he already loves. More than the serial version, he made it clear to her that he was just a friend.“
And to add that the older version of Henry visiting Claire is “a responsible person who therefore has strict rules about [leurs échanges]“. Then at the end:”If one of the two changes the other, Claire changes Henry. Claire was exactly the same person when she was young as when we saw her at age 70. Henry flowed around Claire like a river around a rock. He became the man he wanted to be because he loved her.“
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