YMMV / A Wrinkle in Time

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: A commentator on Mari Ness' Madeleine L'Engle reread for Wrinkle argues that Meg's character shows a "far better portrayal of a profoundly gifted child than Charles Wallace was."
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The stop on/in the two-dimensional planet.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Aunt Beast. A furry alien with tentacles who is eyeless, only communicates telepathically, looks like a Lovecraftian Eldritch Abomination ... and has bottomless love and empathy for Meg, part of a race that's battling for their very lives on the side of the light. She only appears in the last quarter of the book but makes a heck of an impression.
    • She's so popular a lot of fans decided not to see the 2018 film version when they found out Aunt Beast was cut.
  • First Installment Wins: Ever heard of A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, or Many Waters? None of them got Newbery medals. Some of this may have to do with the fact that most elementary or middle schools tend to make A Wrinkle in Time required reading at some point but not so much the others. And thus, the first book tends to be more ingrained in peoples' memories. Though A Swiftly Tilting Planet did win the American Book Award in 1980.
    • For that matter, even if fans have heard of the other three books, how many know that the series has a second-generation? The Arm of the Starfish, Dragons in the Waters, A House Like a Lotus, and An Acceptable Time center around Meg and Calvin's family and their children—mostly their oldest daughter—and include characters from L'Engle's "Chronos" series about the Austin family. In general, this series tends to be more reality-based and darker than the original quartet, including sexual themes. An Acceptable Time has been included with the original series in box sets in recent years due to its connections with time travel, tessering, and Meg's parents, but is still relatively unknown.
  • Genius Bonus: Camazotz is also the name of a particularly terrifying Mayan bat god. Ixchel, the planet of the angelic, sightless Beasts, is named, appropriately enough, for a Mayan jaguar god of medicine and rainbows.
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  • Misaimed Marketing: The book is most famous as a children's book for elementary school students, but the scientific concepts are more suitable for middle-school or high-school students. This is particularly true for the other books in the series, which incorporate cellular-level biology concepts (A Wind in the Door) and theoretical physics (A Swiftly Tilting Planet).
  • Older Than They Think: This book didn't actually invent the line "It was a dark and stormy night"; it first appeared in the 1830 novel Paul Clifford and was already a popular cliche.
  • Tear Jerker: Meg has just recovered from her rough experience tessering through the Black Thing, and has been told that she has to go back. She briefly loses it, but quickly realizes that it has to be her — nobody else can save Charles Wallace. She starts saying her goodbyes and gets to her father:
    Meg: I'm sorry.
    Mr. Murry: Sorry for what, Megatron?
    Meg: I tried to pretend it was your fault... I wanted it to be easy, I wanted you to do it all for me —
    Mr. Murry: But I wanted to do it for you. That's what every parent wants.


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