The Time Traveler’s Spouse is coping with some present-day criticism.
Theo James and Rose Leslie star within the new HBO Max adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger‘s 2003 novel about Henry (James), a person with a genetic dysfunction that causes him to time journey unpredictably and his spouse Clare (Leslie) who’s pressured to adapt to life whereas he’s gone.
At sure factors of the story Henry travels to the previous and spends time with Clare as a toddler, elevating pink flags that he groomed her to be his spouse. Grooming is the act of constructing emotional belief and reference to somebody with the intention to later reap the benefits of the particular person, usually in exploitative and abusive methods.
Critics have taken concern with the plot level. The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Carla Meyer wrote in her evaluate: “With its Twilight-level trite dialogue and worldview, lack of adventures and alleged love story that’s extra like a grooming story.”
RogerEbert.com‘s Nandini Balial agreed, writing: “the pair strike up what the sequence wish to name a friendship, however I desire to think about it as straight-up grooming. From ages 6 to 18, [Clare], in her personal phrases, shapes her libido round Henry.”
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