History Literature / TheTimeTravelersWife

23rd Dec '16 9:04:46 AM bjex
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* PowerPerversionPotential: Discussed and played straight. Kimy once jokes that Clare could have a threesome with two Henrys, and Henry sexually experiments with versions of himself from the past/future till he's 14.

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* PowerPerversionPotential: Discussed and played straight. Kimy once jokes that Clare could have a threesome with two Henrys, and Henry sexually experiments with versions of himself from the past/future till he's 14.15.



* RetroactivePreparation: This, on the other hand, is how Henry had to convince Dr. Kendrick that he's actually time traveling, and not delusional. Future-Henry looks up the birth certificate of Kendrick's son after he's born, then on one of his jaunts into Clare's past, he dictates the contents of the certificate to Clare as a young lady. Young Clare writes the information down, then seals it in an envelope, [[TheSlowPath then waits until after she and Henry are married, holding onto it until they need it.]] When Henry finds Dr. Kendrick, his wife is a few months away from giving birth. Henry gives him the envelope, and tells him to open it once the child is born. Of course, the information correctly predicts that [[spoiler:he's having a son rather than a daughter, and that his son has Down's syndrome, despite the genetic test report stating he was having a daughter with no health issues]]. Even with all of that, and Henry explaining how he got the information, Kendrick still refuses to believe Henry until he sees Henry vanish before his own eyes, leaving his clothes behind.

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* RetroactivePreparation: This, on the other hand, is how Henry had to convince Dr. Kendrick that he's actually time traveling, and not delusional. Future-Henry looks up the birth certificate of Kendrick's son first child after he's it is born, then on one of his jaunts into Clare's past, he dictates the contents of the certificate to Clare as a young lady. Young Clare writes the information down, then seals it in an envelope, [[TheSlowPath then waits until after she and Henry are married, holding onto it until they need it.]] When Henry finds Dr. Kendrick, his wife is a few months away from giving birth. Henry gives him the envelope, and tells him to open it once the child is born. Of course, the information correctly predicts that [[spoiler:he's having a son rather than a daughter, and that his son has with Down's syndrome, despite the genetic test report stating he was testing erroneously telling him he's having a daughter with no health issues]].genetic abnormalities]]. Even with all of that, and Henry explaining how he got the information, Kendrick still refuses to believe Henry until he sees Henry vanish before his own eyes, leaving his clothes behind.



* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: Henry uses his condition for his own advantage at times, such as seeing concerts, winning the lottery and getting stock tips. He recommends to both Kimy and Gomez to invest in websites such as Google and Amazon, when Gomez doesn't even know what the internet is.

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* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: Henry uses tends to avoid this, given that he's trying to live as normal a life as possible, but he's not above using his condition for his own advantage at times, such as seeing concerts, winning the lottery and getting stock tips. He recommends to both Kimy and Gomez to invest in websites such as Google and Amazon, when Gomez doesn't even know what the internet is.
13th Nov '16 8:05:10 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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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 f*** ing 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]] . 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 f*** ing fucking with him]].
14th Jul '16 2:54:46 PM margdean56
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* ShapedLikeItself: In the movie Gomez does this when hes trying to explain to Clare about his condition.

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* ShapedLikeItself: In the movie Gomez does this when hes he's trying to explain to Clare about his Henry's condition.



* UnreliableNarrator: When Henry and Claire meet at in the library, we first get Claire's point of view, saying that Henry is calm and patient, in other words, the Henry she remembers. Then we get Henry's point of view: He's hungover, unshaven, depressed over his latest fight with Ingrid, and overall just not at his best.

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* UnreliableNarrator: When Henry and Claire meet at in the library, we first get Claire's Clare's point of view, saying that Henry is calm and patient, in other words, the Henry she remembers. Then we get Henry's point of view: He's hungover, unshaven, depressed over his latest fight with Ingrid, and overall just not at his best.



* WhatTheHellHero: After meeting Henry for the first time, Gomez decides to do some checking around on him and discovered he's a notorious womanizer with a pattern of strange behavior. Most alarmingly, Celia tells him he drove his ex Ingrid to attempt suicide. When Gomez discovers a Henry from the future [[CurbStompBattle beating a friend of Gomez's to a pulp]], Gomez confronts him. To his surprise, Henry tells him the whole story about time travel, needing to fight to survive and everything, [[RetroactivePrecognition because Henry knows full well Gomez will be his friend and aide eventually.]] He also points out that Ingrid didn't exactly need any help to be driven to suicide. (See SuicideIsPainless above.)

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* WhatTheHellHero: After meeting Henry for the first time, Gomez decides to do some checking around on him and discovered discovers he's a notorious womanizer with a pattern of strange behavior. Most alarmingly, Celia tells him he drove his ex Ingrid to attempt suicide. When Gomez discovers a Henry from the future [[CurbStompBattle beating a friend of Gomez's to a pulp]], Gomez confronts him. To his surprise, Henry tells him the whole story about time travel, needing to fight to survive and everything, [[RetroactivePrecognition because Henry knows full well Gomez will be his friend and aide eventually.]] He also points out that Ingrid didn't exactly need any help to be driven to suicide. (See SuicideIsPainless above.)
14th Jul '16 2:44:36 PM margdean56
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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 f*** ing 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]] . 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 f*** ing with him]].



** Henry's father is Episcopalian, and his mother was Jewish. Neither of the three are particularly religious, however.

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** Henry's father is Episcopalian, and his mother was Jewish. Neither None of the three are particularly religious, however.



* DoubleStandard: When she first brings Henry to meet her family after meeting him in the present, Clare chafes when her conservative Catholic father scolds her for having Henry in her room with the door locked, even though all they were doing was having a private conversation. Meanwhile, Clare's older brother Mark is sharing a room with his fiance Sharon. However, in the latter case, the parents reluctantly allow it because they are engaged to be married, and they know Sharon is already pregnant. Clare still bristles about the situation, even though Henry manages to slip into her room and have sex with her on three different occasions during the visit.

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* DoubleStandard: When she first brings Henry to meet her family after meeting him in the present, Clare chafes when her conservative Catholic father scolds her for having Henry in her room with the door locked, even though all they were doing was having a private conversation. Meanwhile, Clare's older brother Mark is sharing a room with his fiance fiancée Sharon. However, in the latter case, the parents reluctantly allow it because they are engaged to be married, and they know Sharon is already pregnant. Clare still bristles about the situation, even though Henry manages to slip into her room and have sex with her on three different occasions during the visit.



* FutureBadass: Future versions of Henry teaches his child self skills he'll later need, such as pick-pocketing, fighting and lock-picking.

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* FutureBadass: Future versions of Henry teaches teach his child self skills he'll later need, such as pick-pocketing, fighting and lock-picking.
7th Sep '15 8:38:34 PM Shaorai217
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* UnreliableNarrator: When Henry and Claire meet at in the library, we first get Claire's point of view, saying that Henry is calm and patient, in other words, the Henry she remembers. Then we get Henry's point of view: He's hungover, unshaven, depressed over his latest fight with Ingrid, and overall just not at his best.
28th Jul '15 6:32:42 AM DragonQuestZ
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A science fiction novel by Audrey Niffenegger. (There's also TheFilmOfTheBook, which received more mixed reviews.) Like the best science fiction, it explores all the complexities of its fantastic premise and its effects on otherwise perfectly ordinary people -- and [[SciFiGhetto you will not find it in the science fiction section of your library]]. (More often than not, it'll be stuck in general fiction -- or in the Romance section, effectively trading one Genre Ghetto for another.) It is highly recommended but it comes with a '''serious''' TearJerker warning.

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A science fiction novel by Audrey Niffenegger. (There's also TheFilmOfTheBook, which received more mixed reviews.) Like the best science fiction, Niffenegger (also TheFilmOfTheBook), it explores all the complexities of its fantastic premise and its effects on otherwise perfectly ordinary people -- and [[SciFiGhetto you will not find it in the science fiction section of your library]]. (More often than not, it'll be stuck in general fiction -- or in the Romance section, effectively trading one Genre Ghetto for another.) It is highly recommended but it comes with a '''serious''' TearJerker warning.
28th Jul '15 6:31:58 AM DragonQuestZ
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A very intelligent science fiction novel by Audrey Niffenegger. (There's also TheFilmOfTheBook, which received more mixed reviews.) Like the best science fiction, it explores all the complexities of its fantastic premise and its effects on otherwise perfectly ordinary people -- and [[SciFiGhetto you will not find it in the science fiction section of your library]]. (More often than not, it'll be stuck in general fiction -- or in the Romance section, effectively trading one Genre Ghetto for another.) It is highly recommended but it comes with a '''serious''' TearJerker warning.

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A very intelligent science fiction novel by Audrey Niffenegger. (There's also TheFilmOfTheBook, which received more mixed reviews.) Like the best science fiction, it explores all the complexities of its fantastic premise and its effects on otherwise perfectly ordinary people -- and [[SciFiGhetto you will not find it in the science fiction section of your library]]. (More often than not, it'll be stuck in general fiction -- or in the Romance section, effectively trading one Genre Ghetto for another.) It is highly recommended but it comes with a '''serious''' TearJerker warning.
7th Apr '15 9:57:35 AM nombretomado
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* TheSlowPath: The true core of the novel, and indeed the inspiration for the TropeNamer, a DoctorWho episode. Clare must ever wait for her Odysseus to return to her.

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* TheSlowPath: The true core of the novel, and indeed the inspiration for the TropeNamer, a DoctorWho Series/DoctorWho episode. Clare must ever wait for her Odysseus to return to her.
4th Jan '15 5:48:06 AM BlatantPies
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* CursedWithAwesome: Alba has an arguably better deal than Henry, as she can induce a time-travel episode and choose where she goes. She still has random time-travelling fits.

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* CursedWithAwesome: Alba has an arguably better deal than Henry, as she can induce a time-travel episode and sometimes choose the date and location of where she goes.travels to. She still has random time-travelling fits.
4th Jan '15 5:33:50 AM BlatantPies
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* CantTakeAnythingWithYou: This causes Henry a ''lot'' of hell every time he time travels. Whenever he arrives he has to steal clothes, which causes him a lot of trouble. He also had to remove some teeth as he kept on leaving behind the fillings.

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* CantTakeAnythingWithYou: This causes Henry a ''lot'' of hell every time he time travels. Whenever he arrives he has to steal clothes, which causes him a lot of trouble. He also had to remove some teeth have a tooth removed as he kept on leaving behind the fillings.filling.
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