A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

There are so many ways Disney can stuff this up. The odds are short, in my opinion, on these:

  • Meg will be too gorgeous, cute, sexed up.
  • She won’t have bands.

But still. We will have a sci fi movie in which there is a Strong Female Character. Maybe they will change the parts that will be non-PC for a modern audience. The Christian angle – even though the book survived attempts at banning in the US for being blasphemous. The mother being a housewife scientist – she cooks dinner in the lab while doing her experiments. Probably not allowed now? And Meg, who in the end, saves the day by loving. Not that she can’t do higher maths at some too young age, but this isn’t her contribution to saving the day. Because it’s a girl thing really, isn’t it. Loving the best. Couldn’t have a bloke in that role. I suppose Disney will just leave that how it is.

I do see why it was so popular. I don’t really understand why it would still be so – not only because of old fashioned attitudes, but because it must surely be too hard for children now. Maybe it’s for adults now?

It turns out, upon looking up goodreads, that I’ve been tricked into reading a book that has the # sign on it. Arrggghhhhhhhhh. So I guess the movie’s going to be coming out in sequels for ever.

I’m not sure how much I should like this….I sympathise with those who don’t like it, but the fact is I read it at a spritely pace until finished. That means something.



3 thoughts on “A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

  1. Frankly I always thought A Wrinkle in Time was hideously overrated. Good YA books explore their themes thoughtfully instead of offering crappy soundbites (‘Free will good! Conformity bad! Baaa! Baaa!’). And as for the settings, well – crossing dimensions and galaxies to find an ‘alien’ world where everyone speaks English and things look suspiciously like 60’s suburban America takes the Anglocentric cake.

    NB: Sorry about the post repetition. There was something wrong with my Virtual Machine…

  2. I agree with the comment of it being overrated. I’m currently reading her A Circle of Quiet, -memoirs, and I love it 10x more. I never connected with it when I read it out loud to my girls. They didn’t care much for it themselves. I love the tenderness of the children’s characters, but it never trapped me as much as, say, The Giver Quartet books, to say something.

  3. Manuel and Silvia, the more I think about it, the more I agree with you. Perhaps that means Disney will make changes for the better?!

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