A Note from the Director: Falling Out of Love With My Book Boyfriend

Posted on January 14, 2015 «
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We’ve all got at least one. That perfect guy or gal that is complete fiction. Dreamed up in the mind of some talented author. This perfect person embodies everything you desire in another person. They can do no wrong. Their actions, no matter how crazy or over the top, are always justified. And who are you kidding, if this person were real, you’d probably be arrested for stalking and have a restraining order taken out against you. But do you ever fear of falling out of love with your book boyfriend or girlfriend?

Confession time, fans, I think I’m falling out of love with my book boyfriend, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. *hangs head shame* I’m not sure what’s happening. I’ve been in love with Jamie since he so brilliantly rescued Claire by marrying her in Outlander and saying these words.

‘Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone.
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done.’

Swoon worthy, right? The perfect wedding vows. And I’ve followed Jamie (and Claire) from Scotland to France to Jamaica to North Carolina to Pennsylvania and back to North Carolina. In most cases, it has been a crazy, beautiful adventure, but now more than Jamie and Claire are going on these adventures. I don’t mind tag-a-longs. Families grow and change, but I want Jamie and Claire all to myself. I don’t want to have share page space with Ian and Rachel, William and Lord John, Brie and Roger. And therein lies my problem with book 8 in the Outlander series, Written in My Heart’s Own Blood. Too many other people!

Over the course of 800 to 1000 pages (depending on your version of the book), I was drug all over the place spending little precious time with Jamie (and Claire). It takes years for Gabaldon to write one of these books and when it is, I want all the time I can with Jamie (and Claire). As I finished book 8, I realized that I got so little of Jamie that I think I’m starting to forget why I love him so much. When he does appear, he does the typical Jamie things–grunting, fighting and ordering people about. Because so many of the other pages are devoted to other characters, he doesn’t say or do anything new. Perhaps, because he is in the story so little, he doesn’t have a lot of time to do lots of heroic things, say lots of amazingly romantic things or be confused while trying to understand something modern Claire is trying to explain.

So is it time for me to find a new book boyfriend? Oh, I’m not quite ready to jump ship yet. There’s still the Starz series coming back in April to remind me why I love Jamie. I can always re-read (or listen to) the books as well. Even if I do fall completely out of love with Jamie; he’ll always be my first book love. And if pop culture has anything to say about it, we always remember our first loves fondly.

How about you? Who is your book boyfriend or girlfriend? Have you ever fallen out of love with them? How did you rekindle the romance?


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12 responses to “A Note from the Director: Falling Out of Love With My Book Boyfriend

  1. Julie S.

    I think the TV show is very helpful in bringing us back to why we fell in love with Jamie in the first place. But yes, this last book, well, I didn’t feel the same way about him like I did in the previous books. Maybe that doesn’t mean it is time to jump ship and move on, but to maybe find another book boyfriend to entertain us in the meantime.

  2. Nicole Hewitt

    This is one of those books that I’ve had on my shelf and I KNOW I need to read it – everyone loves it! Now with the TV series, I have even more reason to pick it up. But I think this description of Jamie is actually the thing that sealed the deal. I can already tell I’ll be in love too – at least until book 8. 🙂

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  3. Well,I am a really unfaithful girlfriend to my book boyfriends!It’s common for me to fall in and out of love with book boyfriends mostly because it’s an unhealthy obsession and infatuation on our part.
    And of course,there are too many great fictional boys out there to stick to one.

  4. Awww poor Jamie! I haven’t made it past book 2 in the series yet, so I don’t have that problem, but I do understand the anxiousness to get to Jamie – I know I always push through the bits in the 1900s, anxious to get to the Jamie bits. Thank goodness Starz is letting you see him lots 🙂

  5. Reading Wench

    Jamie is my book boyfriend, too! However, I only just finished The Fiery Cross, so there’s still plenty of Jamie throughout the book. I was a bit concerned about if I was going to continue loving the series with Roger and Brianna becoming a bigger part of the story, but even though I’ll never love them as much as Jamie and Clair, they’ve grown on me considerably. The Fiery Cross had a lot of tense moments when I was genuinely scared for Roger, as well as Jamie (but for different reasons). I’m sure you know what events I’m referring too, but I won’t say anymore because spoilers.

    • I think Book 4 is where things kind of go off the rail with the series. There’s not enough Jamie and Claire! I don’t mind young Ian and Roger & Brie, and Lord John, but by Book 7 there are SOOO many people it is hard to keep track. I want Diana to go back to just following Jamie & Claire.