History Literature / TheTimeTravelersWife

21st May '18 4:28:50 AM lalaTKG
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* BlessedWithSuck: Henry can time-travel -- but he doesn't have any control over it. His ability targets the most memorable places, people, and events in his life -- the traumatic ones even more so than the positive ones. For every time he gets to visit his wife as a teenager or his infant daughter as a ten-year-old, he has to watch [[spoiler: his ex-girlfriend kill herself over him or see his mother die for the fiftieth time]]. And on top of all this, the story takes place in an [[YouCantFightFate Eternist universe]] . Basically, everything that has ever happened, good and bad, was supposed to happen the way it did, and Henry can't do a damn thing about it. It doesn't take him long to wonder if the [[CosmicPlaything universe is actively fucking with him]].

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* BlessedWithSuck: Henry can time-travel -- but he doesn't have any control over it. His ability targets the most memorable places, people, and events in his life -- the traumatic ones even more so than the positive ones. For every time he gets to visit his wife as a teenager or his infant daughter as a ten-year-old, he has to watch [[spoiler: his ex-girlfriend kill herself over him or see his mother die for the fiftieth time]]. And on top of all this, the story takes place in an [[YouCantFightFate Eternist universe]] .universe]]. Basically, everything that has ever happened, good and bad, was supposed to happen the way it did, and Henry can't do a damn thing about it. It doesn't take him long to wonder if the [[CosmicPlaything universe is actively fucking with him]].
12th Apr '18 7:17:46 PM Malady
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--->'''Alicia:''' Maybe it was, you know, {{astral projection}} or something.\\

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--->'''Alicia:''' -->'''Alicia:''' Maybe it was, you know, {{astral projection}} or something.\\



* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: An AvertedTrope. Henry runs into himself all the time (see below) and teaches his younger self how to survive.
** OnlyOneMeAllowedRightNow: Also averted.



* NewspaperDating / WhatYearIsThis: Henry's preferred method of ascertaining the time he's currently in is to ask someone else, but he'll usually refrain from asking complete strangers, and ask his friends (or other selves) what the date is instead. We do see one occasion where he glances across a newspaper and realizes where he is, and what the date is, and therefore what's needed of him at that moment: [[spoiler:He sees that he's in South Haven, on the date of his wedding, which means he needs to hurry to the wedding to take the place of the younger Henry that's about to disappear before the ceremony.]]

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* NewspaperDating / WhatYearIsThis: Henry's preferred method of ascertaining the time he's currently in is to ask someone else, but he'll usually refrain from asking complete strangers, and ask his friends (or other selves) what the date is instead. We do see NewspaperDating: At one occasion where he point, Henry glances across a newspaper and realizes where he is, and what the date is, and therefore what's needed of him at that moment: [[spoiler:He sees that he's in South Haven, on the date of his wedding, which means he needs to hurry to the wedding to take the place of the younger Henry that's about to disappear before the ceremony.]]ceremony]].



* [[PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie Post 9-11 Terrorism Story]]: Niffenegger had almost completed the book when the towers fell and ended up adding a scene to further illustrate the limits of Henry's power (and his helpless acceptance of those limits).

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* [[PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie Post 9-11 Terrorism Story]]: PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie: Story, not a movie: Niffenegger had almost completed the book when the towers fell and ended up adding a scene to further illustrate the limits of Henry's power (and his helpless acceptance of those limits).



--->'''Alicia:''' Maybe it was, you know, {{astral projection}} or something.\\

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--->'''Alicia:''' -->'''Alicia:''' Maybe it was, you know, {{astral projection}} or something.\\



--->He's a time traveler. You know.... cause he travels... through time.

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--->He's -->He's a time traveler. You know.... cause he travels... through time.



* WhatYearIsThis

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* WhatYearIsThisWhatYearIsThis: Henry's preferred method of ascertaining the time he's currently in is to ask someone else, but he'll usually refrain from asking complete strangers, and ask his friends (or other selves) what the date is instead.
12th Apr '18 7:10:38 PM Malady
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* AstralProjection: Mentioned when Alicia is talking with Claire, who gives a SarcasticConfession for the naked 40-year-old Henry that Alicia saw in her house.
--->'''Alicia:''' Maybe it was, you know, {{astral projection}} or something.\\
'''Clare:''' Time travel.\\
'''Alicia:''' Oh yeah, right. God, how bizarre.



--->'''Alicia:''' Maybe it was, you know, astral projection or something.
--->'''Clare:''' Time travel.
--->'''Alicia:''' Oh yeah, right. God, how bizarre.

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--->'''Alicia:''' Maybe it was, you know, astral projection {{astral projection}} or something.
--->'''Clare:'''
something.\\
'''Clare:'''
Time travel.
--->'''Alicia:'''
travel.\\
'''Alicia:'''
Oh yeah, right. God, how bizarre.
15th Feb '18 1:49:24 PM eroock
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* ClotheslineStealing: Henry has involuntary time-travelling episodes and is NakedOnArrival. The first thing he has to do during a trip is find clothes, and this is one of his go-to methods.
28th Jan '18 3:02:19 PM RicPot
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* AgeGapRomance: A different version from the usual, with all the complexities of the time travel involved. Clare figures out early on who Henry is going to be in her life, and Henry ''already knows'' that they get married in the future. They do wait until her 18th birthday for TheirFirstTime, and it's her first time with him and not vice versa for two more years.



* TheJailBaitWait: Henry and Clare wait til she's eighteen to have sex. Of course given the time travel, he's already had sex with her future self, but for her it will be the first time.



* MayDecemberRomance: A different version from the usual, with all the complexities of the time travel involved. Clare figures out early on who Henry is going to be in her life, and Henry ''already knows'' that they get married in the future. They do wait until her 18th birthday for TheirFirstTime, and it's her first time with him and not vice versa for two more years.
22nd Oct '17 9:08:11 AM PenitentTangent
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* AuthorAvatar: The dedication makes it sound like Niffenegger sees Clare as one for herself, and she dyed her own hair red to “say goodbye” to the character, but Nifenegger says Clare is very different from herself and her author avatar was originally ‘’’Ingrid’’’. (Fortunately for those worried about Niffenegger’s welfare, she also says the character evolved into someone unrecognizable from there.)

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* AuthorAvatar: The dedication makes it sound like Niffenegger sees Clare as one for herself, and she dyed her own hair red to “say goodbye” to the character, but Nifenegger says Clare is very different from herself and her author avatar was originally ‘’’Ingrid’’’.''Ingrid''. (Fortunately for those worried about Niffenegger’s welfare, she also says the character evolved into someone unrecognizable from there.)
22nd Oct '17 9:05:55 AM PenitentTangent
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* AuthorAvatar: The dedication makes it sound like Niffenegger sees Clare as one for herself, and she dyed her own hair red to “say goodbye” to the character, but Nifenegger says Clare is very different from herself and her author avatar was originally ‘’Ingrid’’. (Fortunately for those worried about Niffenegger’s welfare, she also says the character evolved into someone unrecognizable from there.)

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* AuthorAvatar: The dedication makes it sound like Niffenegger sees Clare as one for herself, and she dyed her own hair red to “say goodbye” to the character, but Nifenegger says Clare is very different from herself and her author avatar was originally ‘’Ingrid’’.‘’’Ingrid’’’. (Fortunately for those worried about Niffenegger’s welfare, she also says the character evolved into someone unrecognizable from there.)
22nd Oct '17 9:04:54 AM PenitentTangent
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* AuthorAvatar: The dedication makes it sound like Niffenegger sees Clare as one for herself, and she dyed her own hair red to “say goodbye” to the character, but Nifenegger says Clare is very different from herself and her author avatar was originally ‘’Ingrid’’. (Fortunately for those worried about Niffenegger’s welfare, she also says the character evolved into someone unrecognizable from there.)
10th Jun '17 9:48:05 AM nombretomado
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* TheWindyCity: The story takes place in Chicago.
28th Apr '17 4:14:02 AM Malachi108
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** [[spoiler: Doesn't really work out as well when he gets shot.]]

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** [[spoiler: Doesn't really Unfortunately, it doesn't work out if we can't see the danger coming, as well when he gets shot.]]
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