A perfect evening with Audrey Niffenegger

January 25, 2010

It really couldn’t have been more perfect: a brilliant author, a thrilled audience, a few ghosts and a few jokes. Audrey was gracious and fiercely intelligent. Audrey began with a short reading from Her Fearful Symmetry, which, if you haven’t yet read it, is not to be missed. Then she opened the floor to a host of smart, writerly questions. Everyone wanted to know how she managed to write such incredibly complex works of fiction, including many fans of her earlier work, The Time Traveler’s Wife. And she obliged, offering up many tidbits and hints for aspiring writers, in fact, she was inspiring.

Recasting The Time Traveler’s Wife … Or Not

August 21, 2009

Well, the results are in, and you have all spoken: no recasting of The Time Traveler’s Wife! I have to confess, I’m surprised. Especially that Indiana-Jones-years Harrison Ford got NO VOTES, because come on ladies, is he not the exact rumpled-professor Henry type? Apparently not. I bow to your superior numbers!

Rachel McAdams 6 (35.3%)
Alicia Witt 4 (23.5%)
Rachel Weisz 3 (17.6%)
Amy Adams 2 (11.8%)
Blake Lively 1 (5.9%)
Zooey Deschanel 1 (5.9%)
Eric Bana 9 (52.9%)
Clive Owen 5 (29.4%)
Hugh Jackman 2 (11.8%)
Matthew Goode 1 (5.9%)
Other Option… 0 (0%)
Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones years) 0 (0%)
Eric Dane 0 (0%)

Recasting The Time Traveler’s Wife

August 14, 2009

The other night Paula, Jenny, and I got into how much we loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, (how excited we are that Audrey Niffenegger is coming to TKE!) and how torn we were about going to see the movie. Our major hesitation is, I think, one that’s quite common: the actors picked for the characters didn’t match our internal “casting.” And, if the actors don’t pull off their roles, it could forever taint our memories of the books!

Which, of course, got us arguing about who should have been cast as Henry and Claire. (Gomez and Charisse also don’t quite match up for me, but I’m less bothered about supporting characters in general, somehow they’re easier to over-write for me.)

We put together a list of our favorites, and now we’re wondering if they match anyone else’s. So take our survey and help us recast Time Traveler’s Wife! We’ll post the results next Friday, August 21st.