As promised, I will be posting monthly meme’s/discussions for both reading challenges I am hosting, Outlander and Game of Thrones. These are meant purely for fun and by no means required to participate in the challenges. I will post five questions for you all to mull over and I will answer one of the questions myself to start off the discussion. I also invite you to post your favorite quote or passage from the book as well.
You are welcome to link your responses or reviews back to your blog using the Mr Linky on the corresponding Discussion page (in this case the Outlander Meme/Discussion page) or you can simply leave your response in the comments. The goal is to have some fun discussions and talk about the books.
Challenge participants hopefully have had some time to read the first Outlander book (otherwise known as Cross Stitch to all UK followers) but if not no worries we do have all year :). No matter where you are in the book or series, you are more than welcome to discuss the book right along with us….
- Did it bother you that Claire is older than Jamie? Why or why not? Does it matter she is not a virgin but he is? In what ways does it change/influence their relationship?
- Frank sees what he thinks is an “unhappy ghost” staring into Claire’s window. The ghost he describes sounds like Jamie, what do you make of this foreshadowing? How does the concept of ‘time travel’ change or influence this particular scene? Is this simply an unanswered observation with an explanation reserved for later books?
- Knowing that Captain Jack is related to Frank, does that change your opinion of Frank? In what ways? Do you think cruelty is in Frank’s ‘blood’? How much does of a role does genealogy play in their characters?
- How did you feel when Jamie beat Claire? Was it fitting given the circumstance and time period?
- What do you make of the two family mottos: Lucero non Uro–I shine, not burn (MacKenzie) and Je Suis Prest–I am ready (Fraser). How do these mottos influence the characters and families to which the mottos belong?
The Lit Bitch’s Response
Question #1: It bothered me at first that Claire was older than Jamie, in so many novels–and society for that matter–the women are expected to be ‘virginal’ and are often younger than their mates. Claire would have been more mature and worldly than Jamie and that seemed almost sad to me…she would have an entirely different perspective of sex, marriage, and relationships even without the time travel bit.
In some ways I felt like Jamie was ‘robbed’ of the hero’s conquest…it was almost emasculating to think Claire was older and sexually more experienced than Jamie. There was no excitement or ‘newness’ for Claire but for Jamie everything would be ‘new’….Claire was married before, had sex before, was trying to get pregnant, and had loved before….I thought it was sad that they didn’t get to experience any ‘firsts’ together.
But at the same time, it was a nice change up from traditional literature. After some time I forgot this minor detail–the depth, strength, and power of their love completely eliminated the age/experience gap for me. There was a sweetness to Jamie’s innocents and I couldn’t help but feel enthusiasm the situation created…Claire could teach him things (in more way than just sexually) how to be a man and a husband. What woman wouldn’t want that? In many ways Claire defined Jamie manhood when it is usually the man who defines a lady’s womanhood. In the end….the age gap and sexual expiernce didn’t matter…all that mattered was their love and they do get to share a first eventually *insert knowing smile here LOL* 🙂
…for that fraction of time it seems as though all things are possible. You can look across the limitations of your own life and see that they are really nothing. In that moment when time stops it is as though you know you could undertake any venture complete it and come back to yourself to find the world unchanged and everything just as you left it a moment before…as though knowing that everything is possible suddenly nothing is necessary (507)