Books to Movies: Time Machine and Marley & Me

The Time Machine is a 2002 American science fiction film loosely adapted from the 1895 novel of the same name novel of the same name by H.G. Wells, and the 1960 film screenplay by David Duncan.  Alexander Hartdegen, a scientist, professor, and inventor in 1895 New York City who believes that time travel is possible. The sudden and unexpected death of his fiancée spurs Alexander to build a time machine, which he hopes to use in an effort to change the past. When he is unable to change the past, Alexander hurls himself more than 800,000 years into the future, seeking answers about the nature of time, but instead encountering a dystopian world where humanity has divided up into two races, the peaceful Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks.Befriending the beautiful Eloi woman Mara, Alexander must set out to save her from the underground world of the Morlocks when she is captured by them. Along the way, he is aided by Vox, a bio-mechanical being from the 21st century. Ultimately, Alexander makes a shocking discovery about the true nature of the Eloi and Morlocks and decides that the only way to change the future is to alter the present.

Marley & Me  is a 2008 American comedy-drama film based on the best-selling autobiographical book by columnist John Grogan and was published in 2005.  It is a tale of a couple embarking on the adventure of marriage, career, family, and the world’s worst dog. As years go by, John and his wife, Jennifer, contemplate having babies and moving across the country, while Marley grows into 100 lbs. of funny, wild, completely untrainable canine companionship — as well as one of the most important people in the family. The story uses a crazy dog as a framework for talking about life, love and the struggles of beginning a marriage, starting a family and making the most of every moment. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever loved a pet.



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