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BEST. EVER. TV. AWARDS 2015: AND THE WINNERS ARE! :

  • BEST NEW SHOW Winner: Outlander
  • BEST DRAMA Winner: Outlander
  • BEST ACTOR, DRAMA Winner: Sam Heughan, Outlander
  • BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA Winner: Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
  • BEST FIGHT Winner: Jamie and Claire at the river, Outlander
  • BIGGEST TEARJERKER Winner: Jamie’s torture, Outlander
  • MOMENT THAT MADE YOU WANT TO THROW YOUR TV Winner: Jamie’s rape, Outlander
  • BREAKOUT STAR, MALE Winner: Sam Heughan, Outlander 
  • BREAKOUT STAR, FEMALE Winner: Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
  • BEST BINGE-WATCH Winner: Outlander
  • BEST CAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA Winner: Outlander
  • BEST COUPLE Runner-up: Jamie and Claire, Outlander
  • LOVE TRIANGLE YOU’RE SO OVER Runner-up: Frank, Claire and Jamie, Outlander
  • BEST KISS Runner-up: Jamie and Claire’s wedding kiss, Outlander
  • STEAMIEST MOMENT Runner-up: Jamie and Claire’s wedding sex, Outlander
  • BEST FANDOM Runner-up: Outlander
So EL James did an Ask on Twitter. Imagine How it Went

This isn’t Outlander related, but I know that often 50 Shades of Grey gets compared to Outlander. I don’t know why, but it does, and so while perusing Twitter today, I saw that #AskELJames was trending.  To say I was thoroughly entertained by what I saw, is an understatement. And so, for your enjoyment. A quick summary of a lot of different questions that were asked to E.L. James. Needless to say, I think her PR Team is kicking themselves in the ass several times for this mistake.

  • #AskELJames what do you hate more? a) good literature b) consent c) women d) healthy relationships e) all of the above
  • #AskELJames How much money does a  partner need to earn for them to be ‘romantic’ instead of abusive? Asking for a friend.
  • #AskELJames At what point did you realise that the most violent sexually sadistic act in your story was your rape of the English language?
  • #AskELJames I have a lot of respect for you actually, you’ve proven that you can succeed without having any talent. It’s remarkable.
  • #AskELJames Is there a safe word which will stop you from writing anymore of this bollocks?
  • #AskELJames My bf sold my car without my permission, should I be in awe for this romantic gesture or file a theft report?
  • #AskELJames have you spent more time blocking people or answering question from fans only over the last hour?
  • #AskELJames how does it feel to promote abuse as romantic, cheapening people’s abuse experiences and pretty much mocking them?
  • #AskELJames Do you realise that listening to criticism - especially legitimate criticism - is a vital aspect of being a good writer/human?
  • #AskELJames why do your books perpetuate r*pe culture and the harmful stereotype that victims can miraculously save their abusers?
  • #AskELJames what makes you think that surviving childhood trauma gives someone the right to brutalize someone else?
  • I’ve just been sick and some alphabetti spaghetti landed on a blank piece of paper, could I have your publisher’s email address? #AskELJames
  • #AskELJames Did your agent convince you a hashtag twitter livechat was a good idea? Incidentally, have you found a new agent yet?
  • #AskELJames How proud are you that you managed to out-do Twilight as a horrible example to girls? I mean, that’s impressive. *Slow clap*
  • #AskELJames Are you getting tendinitis from having to hit “block” so often :(
  • My boss said no when I asked if I could kiss him and then I did anyway because no means yes right? Things at work are awkward. #AskELJames
  • Is it meant to be a hilarious joke that Ana is an English major, given how appallingly written your books are? #AskELJames
  • #AskELJames I need advice on making a BIG romantic gesture. Should I put a GPS tracker in her phone and make threats if she tries to leave?
  • #AskELJames Do you refer to all abuse survivors as “haters” and “trolls”, or is it only those who dare to criticize your books?
  • #AskELJames Can you confirm that you will be writing the story of Ramsay Bolton from his perspective, showing he is just misunderstood?
  • Will there be a delay to our answers while you wait for Stephanie Meyer to answer them first, so you know what to write? #AskELJames
  • #AskELJames Is it only ok for Christian to stalk, coerce, threaten & manipulate Ana because he’s hot, or is it also ok because he’s rich?

Want more? Just Follow the Link:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/AskELJames?src=tren&data_id=tweet%3A615589249056960512

When I asked my Da how ye knew which was the right woman, he told me when the time came, I’d have no doubt. And I didn’t. When I woke in the dark under that tree on the road to Leoch, with you sitting on my chest, cursing me for bleeding to death, I said to myself, ‘Jamie Fraser, for all ye canna see what she looks like, and for all she weighs as much as a good draft horse, this is the woman’.

‘something with Claire’ requested by visenyaqueen

Laughing

“Are you laughing at me?”
“No, never.”
– Frank and Claire, 01x01 “Sassenach”
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“Are you laughing at me?”
“Yes I certainly am!”
– Jamie and Claire, 01x08 “Both Sides Now”
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At both these points in the TV series, Claire’s marriages are in a fragile place. She’s trying to re-connect with Frank after a 6-year separation, or she’s trying to comprehend just what exactly her connection is with Jamie.

Both times, Claire is really laughing. And both times, her husbands react in a way that is completely in line with their respective personalities. Frank is reserved, a bit stiff-upper-lip, close to Claire but still cognizant of the distance between them. Jamie is open and unafraid of being laughed at; at this moment he is pouring his heart out to Claire, laughing like a giddy idiot while he makes love to her.

Why does Claire respond differently? It’s not only the different nature of her relationships with Frank and Jamie - it’s that she is a different woman when she’s with each husband.

With Frank she’s intelligent, reserved, indirect, distant. With Jamie she’s fierce, unafraid, unreserved, direct, intimate.

This is because they spur her to be different. They bring out different facets of her personality. No wonder why (in Book 1) she muses to herself a few days later:

Jamie was real, all right, more real than anything had ever been to me, even Frank and my life in 1945.
– Claire, Book 1 (Outlander)

This is a nice set-up to her decision at the stones. It’s a slow process of realization. And while her brain may not understand it yet, her heart does during that moment in the glade. Just 2 days after marrying Jamie, she’s responding to him in a way she never could during her 8 years of marriage to Frank.