Thirty Days of Female Awesome Meme
Day Thirteen: Favorite female character in a book:
Clare Abshire from The Time Traveller’s Wife is my pick for today. PLEASE NOTE I’m talking about the BOOK, not the movie that was made. I just pulled the film still to have a pic for the post. I know there a plenty more STRONG female characters in books out there that I could have gone for, but TTW is a book that I read a lot, I’ve read it three times now and for almost unexplainable reasons, I love it and will read it again. Clare is a woman who is constantly waiting for her man because he involuntarily time travels. And whilst if say I had a friend whose man kept disappearing, leaving her alone, standing her up I would probably try and convince her to drop him…but in this book I find her ability to wait astounding. And really, it’s because it shows that sometimes you cant choose who you love, it just happens and sometimes you choose to take up the flack if you have to. And Clare does it brilliantly, she has her own life in the art world, she lets Henry know when she’s pissed off about their situation, she never hides these feelings or buries anything (except her fear of his dying whilst away). She is a strong woman who knows what she wants and makes the choice to deal with the interruptions Henry creates in their relationship.
Maybe I just identify with her because I see a lot of myself in her character and since Henry’s actions aren’t intentionally set to hurt her (it’s not in his character to WANT to leave all the time) I don’t think that making that choice to stay with him because she loves him is a harmful one. She just has to live with the consequences she chose.
(I turned the film off halfway in…I couldn’t stand the characters, the acting or the changes from the book…I was sad!)