I finished reading it about a month ago, and I just can't get it out of my head. I haven't been that swept away by a book in a very long time!
I did some internet browsing about the book and was not surprised to see it has a bit of a cult following. These people are waiting anxiously for news about the film adaptation that will be going into production soon. It seems Rachel McAdams has been "in talks" about playing Clare. How do y'all feel about that?
My first thought was that she was not who I pictured as Clare. Of course who I actually DID picture is kind of lame. Remember Simone from "Head of the Class"? (Okay, okay, I was in middle school when that show was on the air! I was enamored of her.) But going back to the book, Henry's describes her as a "Botticelli Beauty" with grey eyes and long wavy red hair. TECHNICALLY McAdams fits the Botticelli reference, (round face, big eyes), but is emote the kind of classic beauty that Clare seems to possess. I have really liked McAdams in what I have seen ("Red Eye", "The Family Stone" and "Mean Girls") and I heard she was very good in "The Notebook" (which I want to see now, not only to see her in a love story, but to judge the adaptation, because the screenwriter, Jeremy Levin, wrote the adaptation for TTTW). I am feeling pretty ambivalent about it.
In regard to Henry, somebody on the message boards at IMDB.com CLAIMS to be an insider to the casting of the film, and says that (gulp) Adrian Brody, John Cusack and Hugh Jackman have requested the script. Okay, I love all three of these guys, but aren't they a little too old (especially Cusack)? The message boards are on fire championing Christian Bale for the role. This I think would be the BEST casting decision since Clark Gable was chosen to play Rhett Butler! I literally fell in love with Henry, and I don't want the wrong actor make me fall out of love with him. (After seeing "Batman Begins" I know Mr. Bale could never do that!") Casting this part will make or break the movie, and I hope they choose wisely.
Anyhow, I loved the book and would love to discuss it further with anyone who is interested. I would love to know who you all picture in these roles, and I'm curious about people's opinion of the ending, and if there is anything you felt the book lacked that you would like to see in an adaptation.