Since day one of Outlander discussions & arguements abound regarding Claire/Frank… Frank/Jamie…Jamie/Claire. Why? It is the human condition. The urge to make others see what we see…wanting them to change their minds so they can see it like us.
Let’s not expect people to see it HOW we see it. Instead, let’s share how or why we see it that way. It is what we can do in order to understand others perceptions and beliefs.
We tend to grab peoples shoes and try to make them fit at all costs. It’s going into ‘Anastasia and Drizella mode’ without even thinking about it.
We see characters and situations through our personal filter of experiences and the people in our lives. It’s easy to see why others do the same. It stood out the most to me when my husband had a difference of opinion on the Jamie/Frank topic. We generally agree on things, having been together for so long, many of our experiences & people are shared…this time…not so much.
My husband and I have been married for 25 yrs, together for 31. For 23 of those 31 years, I have been an Outlander fan. The stories and the characters have long been with me…him, let’s say- no. He would often tease me about my book boyfriend, Jaaaaaaaamie.
Fast forward to my husband starting to watch the show with me. He finally “got” why I loved the Jamie character – though, he still teases. He also would mention often how he really felt bad for Frank. A character, who in the books, personally gave me a case of the “mehs”. He made a comment during “All Debts Paid” that caught my attention “Frank never had a chance…the husband got the shaft there.” The husband…LIGHTBULB moment.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? My husband – my first husband (depending on how well he plays his cards, the last) feels empathy for another first husband. He sees himself in this role…not the Jamie role that “I” see him in. Even though Jamie was the other man … I saw him as the only one. To me, the Claire/Jamie love was palatable…the love between Frank & Claire, I saw as stiff and awkward. I don’t fool myself into thinking that isn’t because of my own perception of what professors are like. We all do it in one way or another. My husband…relates far more to Frank. He sees himself as 1) The husband 2) not the super hot Scottish warrior. In my eyes…ok, not Scottish but a hot warrior for sure. *He rolls his eyes at this*
There are so many variables. Pigeon hole-ing ourselves to one view lacks variety. Being able to see the picture through other filters can be something that will expand our thoughts. It doesn’t mean we have to agree – understanding another view is equally as valuable. It can cut the legs off of the animosity felt for the other person seen as “not getting it”.
Until Next time, Enjoy the #Outlanerd in you & we will to!