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The Ultimate Literary Hero

When people, and I mean mainly women here, think of a literary hero images that spring to mind are of a tall, dark and handsome chap with a brooding air, think Mr Darcy, Heathcliff.

What people don’t imagine is a 6-foot, red-headed, 18th century Scot.

Believe me though, I defy anyone not to fall in love with a certain James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, Laird of Lallybroch and the erstwhile hero of Diana Gabaldon’s series of books about him and his life with Claire Beauchamp a nurse who stumbles across a time portal on honeymoon in Scotland in 1945 and finds herself back in 18th century Scotland.

Sounds incredulous, and far too dull a book I hear you cry.

When I go to a bookshop (far too few around these days, (curses to Amazon) and I used to love spending hours in them) I don’t choose a book because it’s in the top ten, or it’s a classic. I choose purely on what the cover looks like and what I read on the back. It doesn’t always work, I’ve certainly read some that I will not be reading again (The Island and Life of Pi spring to mind). For the life of me, I can’t remember why I picked up Cross Stitch, but from what I read on the back it must have sounded quite a good read. And boy, this time I wasn’t wrong!

Cross Stitch (Outlander in the US) is the first book in the series by Diana Gabaldon and from the moment I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. I was almost feeding a habit, I wanted to know what happened, when Jamie (we’re on first name terms don’t you know) gets all macho and heroic you feel like swooning and thinking “why can’t I find someone who’d protect me like that?” And, more importantly, I cared about the characters.

At the time I discovered Jamie, I was working in London and would read waiting for the train, on the train and sometimes, if I got to a really good bit on my way to the office or car, depending on which part of the day it was.

So what is it about the Laird of Lallybroch?

He’s not the archetypal tall, dark and handsome hero of classic literature.

He’s a rough, tough macho man, without the ego, who would do anything to protect those he loved, with the most gentle, caring side to his personality. Traits I feel are all too lacking in this day and age. In today’s world I’d guess you’d say he’s in touch with his feminine side, but not too much as to overshadow the he-man

Top 5 Jamie qualities:

  1. Not afraid to say how he feels
  2. Will fight for honour and justice
  3. There’s no side to him and no ego – what you see is what you get – how very refreshing!
  4. He’s gentle and loving
  5. He’s very sexy!!

Oh, if only there was someone out there like that, 6 foot plus and a red-head to boot…

He’s everything a woman could want from a man – if you don’t believe me, read the books. He’s a well-kept secret!! Although, when I was first reading the books I mentioned to a friend about them, and she already loved them, then my mum told my aunt who said that my cousin loved them (to the extent her children are named after characters in the book!)

So, it isn’t just me. Women all over the world are falling in love with Jamie Fraser!

That’s right, we’re all in love with someone we can’t have because the only place he exists is in our imaginations. I guess that’s the power of books!


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