Friday, August 5, 2011

Is it just me or....

do these books seem too similar?

Let me preface this post by saying I am in no way trying to insult either author, their publishers or their books. This is simply me spotting two semi-similar books. Plus if it makes anyone feel any better I'm reading both books.

Heather Davis' The Clearing description:

In this bittersweet romance, two teens living decades apart form a bond that will change their lives forever.

Amy is drawn to the misty, mysterious clearing behind her Aunt Mae’s place because it looks like the perfect place to hide from life. A place to block out the pain of her last relationship, to avoid the kids in her new town, to stop dwelling on what her future holds after high school.

Then, she meets a boy lurking in the mist—Henry. Henry is different from any other guy Amy has ever known. And after several meetings in the clearing, she’s starting to fall for him.

But Amy is stunned when she finds out just how different Henry really is. Because on his side of the clearing, it’s still 1944. By some miracle, Henry and his family are stuck in the past, staving off the tragedy that will strike them in the future. Amy’s crossing over to Henry’s side brings him more happiness than he’s ever known—but her presence also threatens to destroy his safe existence.

Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife description:

When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare's attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force they can neither prevent nor control, making their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. The Time Traveler's Wife is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it's about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.


Both have main male characters named Henry. Both have elements of Time Travel. Both have clearings which are important to the story. They're sort of eerily similar. The only discernible differences that I see, in the descriptions are the times traveled to and the fact that one couple is married and the other couple is teens. Not having read them there's a possibility that the only things the books have in common are the three issues I've mentioned. But come on, they're a bit too similar. I guess time travel books are so different from what I usually read that if I see similar books it really sticks out. I mean I can see 20 vampires books all with the same plot and not care. Time travel, though needs to stay unique. It's too good a genre to have a million copies of the same book. (Not that these two are exactly the same.) 

Happy Reading, 

1 comment:

  1. Actually that description for The Clearing reminded us a lot of Tuck Everlasting...

    But you know, this is why they say you can't copyright an idea. It's all in the execution.


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