Why I think Jamie is cooler then Hornblower and Han Solo.
I am a 28 year old male and Outlander is happily my second favorite series, sorry Horatio was my first. =)
Appears there aren’t many male fans online and i was asked to throw something up. So here we go…
So originally I liked it because of the historical detail. I liked the time travel and the fish out of water. I was confused by the mushy stuff as I thought, I mean I was in middle school. So then I read book two and liked the scenes of Paris, of the court at Versailles and the battle obviously.
For the later ones I liked the transition to the budding colony and the knowledge that they can’t change but they also cannot really prepare. Claire going out and showing people how to keep from getting sicker. the twins etc. I went to college in appalchian Virigina, where as I grew up in tidewater and Northern Virginia, but to havr this part of where I lived come alive was so neat. Plenty of old hard scrabble proud people were there in between the college kids.
It has been said that I should write a littlw about why I like Jamie and Claire.
Ok, Let us start with the man himself. He has something about him, Claire thinks he looks good but she is at first intrigued by his ability to withstand the gruesome pain and how taciturn this man is.
The ride back to the castle, she grows even more intrigued etc etc.
James Fraser is a product of his time ans placs the same way Claire is of hers, obviously those are two different times with different mores and expectations. Jamie is young and acutely aware of expectations in society, the raucous noise after the wedding by the fellow traveling companions clearly embarrasses him.
He is an idealized version of a man, one that personally I wish I could be a fourth of.
The ladies all swoon over Jamie’s good looks. I would swoon over his ability to stand up for others his commanding a room and ability to ingriate himself. His love of strangers- he could have easily just paid Fergus, yet he ends up an integral part of thefamily.
He cares deeply about people, even more so those of his family. He knows how to fight- nowadays its guns and drive bys, he would not be impressed by such displays, horrified rather at the wanton disregard of human life. That being said I feel he would be the guy who has a concealed carry permit and a simple 9mm. Nothing flash just what can protect his family.
So Jamie is a virgin on his wedding night and embarrassed for it, yet he’s no problem with his back being used to drum up support for an unknown prince. He does not like showing his back, but it must be done in his mind. That is one of his appeals to me, he can lead, he can follow and he knows what his duty is, he has a sense of duty a strong one and a knowledge of what is right.
He is very learned with an educated mind, very good with business and making do- he looks after Lallybroch as best he can but it isn’t till Ardsmuir and then establishing his homestead in North Carolina that he really comes into his own. As a shy middle schooler then highschool and now post college, him and horatio hornblower are of a peice. I have kept both in my head for different reasons at times. They can be decisive and know what to do to others but inside are bitterly conflicted at times. See hornblower is Lieutenant Hornblower reminding himself he must not fidget When on deck basically. Jamie can be seen to not like the state of his hands as hes gotten older and a few other things. But he continues on.
Going back to the differences between Jamie and Claire-
He needs to explain to this person who is different that he is not to bs questioned. Though she sees it as a great injustice he is just going with what he knows, he doesnt like it per se but he thinks it the only way to get across the severity of what she had done.
Until he realizes just what it means for her, that to his new wife it is anathema to her concept of ‘relationship’ much less a marriage even if it was done in haste or necessity. Then I feel it changes, no good moral person wants to hurt their spouse, emotionally physically. Yet hes just done so and it almost seems to destroy him. At least that was my interpretation. He never 'thrashed’ her again but he does do something else in a later book. While hes not perfect he strongly respects his new wife’s wishes.
Jamie is complete with Claire. He cares not a whit for society or convention, letting his wife wander hither and yon tending to ppl, as a pastor or shepard would actually, or he would have likely gone around as Laird come to think of it. He himself would have no hestitation helping somone set up their barn or house etc you see him leading the prisoners and even chess with Lord John, he is a convivial fellow until he isn’t.
I may write more, let us see how this goes over.
Ok so gotham-ruaidh roped me into this so thank them for teasing out my thoughts in several patient questions.