Viewers Criticize The Time Traveler’s Wife TV Adaptation For Promoting Grooming
Viewers and critics have criticized the new television adaptation of the 2003 novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, saying the plot condones child grooming.
The HBO Max adaptation, which premiered last night and is due to air in the UK tonight on Sky Atlantic, stars Theo James as Henry DeTamble and Rose Leslie as his wife Clare Anne Abshire.
In the drama written by American author Audrey Niffenegger, Henry and Claire meet as adults, but it turns out he can time travel and has been visiting her since she was six, which led them to become “friends” and then fall in love.
Meanwhile, Weather The magazine called the show a “multiverse of villainy”, with reviewer Judi Berman writing, “I wish I traveled back in time before deciding to watch all six episodes of this show.”
Viewers said the new TV adaptation of the 2003 novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, starring Theo James and Rose Leslie, pictured, left them ‘uncomfortable’ as some critics said it tolerated grooming
Viewers were also disturbed by the plot point, with some calling it “wrong”, “scary”, and “uncomfortable”.
In the show, 31-year-old time-traveling Henry has no control over where he time-travels.
From Henry’s perspective, he first meets Clare when she is in her twenties when he is seven years older than her.
However, he begins to go back in time, visiting Clare at different points in her life.
Some viewers said the fact that Henry and Clare once met when she was six and he was 31 was “scary” and “caring”.
From Clare’s perspective, she first meets Henry when he is 31 and she is six years old.
During this meeting, the time traveler appears naked in front of his future wife, then a child, and asks her to give him clothes.
Young Clare does not tell her parents about the encounter, and adult Henry’s visits are kept secret from his family.
She begins to keep a box of clothes ready for him in case he visits her.
Viewers were bothered by the show’s subject matter, as some admitted they felt ‘uncomfortable’
In the 2003 book and its final TV adaptation, Henry travels back in time to Clare’s six-year-old
From his perspective, Henry meets Clare when she’s in her twenties, but she’s known him all her life.
“Not the time traveler’s wife who openly jokes about how the story could very easily be spooky and neat,” one wrote.
’40 minutes into the TV show Time Traveler’s Wife and I had to quit. It’s not good.’
Some reviewers also felt the situation resembled child grooming, which is defined as “befriending and establishing an emotional bond with a child to lower their inhibitions for the purpose of sexual abuse.”
“At the premiere, Clare straddles the man she’s known since she was 6, takes off her dress and says, ‘Haven’t I grown up?’ She continues, ‘And I’m not the only one. .”
‘See, Henry has an erection, no, no, no. Nyet. Nein. No. No, in Spanish,” wrote a reviewer for Weekly entertainment.
Critics including Entertainment Weekly and Time magazine criticized the film, particularly commenting on the plot point where an adult Henry meets six-year-old Clare.
Show co-creator Steven Moffat, right, said people who thought Henry was ‘preparing’ Clare were missing the point (pictured with executive producer Sue Vertue on the night of the show’s premiere last Wednesday in New York)
Meanwhile, Weather The magazine called the show a “multiverse of villainy”, with reviewer Judi Berman writing: “A man over 30 essentially raising his future wife, starting at age six, to be his perfect partner has even more uncomfortable connotations now than they would have been in 2003.
“The show only approaches this in the most oddly hilarious way: the term ‘grooming’ surfaces and hangs in the air,” she added in her review.
The review Carla Meyer wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle was unimpressed with “the Twilight-level banal dialogue and worldview, lack of adventures, and supposed love story that feels more like a grooming story.
The show’s co-creator, Steven Moffat, known for his work on Dr Who, addressed the controversy in an interview with TV Line.
“It’s not what the story is in the book or the movie or the TV show. He is married to her
Viewers said there were ‘red flags’ at the show’s premiere and it made them feel uneasy
“He meets her as an adult, he falls in love with her, he marries her, then he is thrown back in time, through no fault of his own, and finds himself confronted with the childish version of the woman that he already loves.”
“Even more so in the version from the TV show, he makes it clear that he’s just a friend,” he continued.
The showrunner added that out of the two characters, it’s Clare who has a big influence on Henry rather than him influencing her.
“Clare is exactly the same person as a little girl that she is when you see her in her 60s. Henry flows around Clare like a river around a rock. He makes himself the man she wants he be because he loves her,” he continued.