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!
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.