Adolescent Rapture = Research Fodder

Oh man, at six-one, Jon-Erik Hexum as Phineas Bogg (big ol’ nod to Mr Verne) was this adolescent girl’s fantasy…A time traveller with Viking blue eyes and reddish blonde hair…Damn, had the man survived his accidental, on-the set of Cover Up, self-inflicted gunshot wound (pre and scarily like Brandon Lee) he could have been Jamie Fraser!

Besides that, I finally worked out my Simon Baker fixation came from (See Simon over there): A TV show that ran for one season.

 Voyagers! is now available on DVD. Of course I realise if I bought the set my teenage fantasies would all be dashed, because we’re talking 80’s adventure TV show aimed at kids. But just look at the man, he was beautiful—As is Simon Baker, whose face has a bit more of that crinkly handsomeness that comes with age. Check out the Romantic Comedy Something New for ultimate smiley crinkles
Maybe I’ll kick up a bit of fuss with the he could be Jamie Fraser quip. Diana Gabaldon might actually read this blog and laugh her arse off (just like you laughed your arse off at the idea she’d stumbled onto Oldbitey), but it’s my opinion and I’m stickin’ with it.

So how does this relate to my master’s research?

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon’s historical series features a rather scorching romance between the hero (Scotsman Jamie) and his time-travelling doctor wife (Englishwoman Claire). The books are masterful at showing the relationship between man and wife as it progresses over time. From when they meet in their 20’s, to the most recent book in the series, which finds them nearing sixty, their romance (and sex life) still burns brightly. It’s not a “relationship novel” or “womens’s fiction (she calls them historical fantasias)” I like the fact these two characters are each other’s Great Romance, a romace that didn’t end when Claire turned forty. It’s part Science Fiction, part Historical Fiction, and part Romance. It works on so many levels, especially on the romantic plane because true romance threads its way through a marriage, regardless of age.

Gabaldon’s series is probably the best-known example of mature, mid-life Romantic love. There is a small list of other books, or other stories where the mid-life romance is a subplot. TV and film are making a bit more headway with the mid-life romantic hero and heroine–e.g. Desperate Housewives & Something’s Gotta Give. Maybe publishing will catch up soon.

Cue Me.

2 thoughts on “Adolescent Rapture = Research Fodder

  1. I always auto-edited Jamie Fraser in my head to a really dark red that’s mostly brown because for some reason I just couldn’t accept a red-headed hero.

    which is really weird, but there you have it 🙂

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