So…I have a confession…Claire intimidates the sh** out of me! She is one of the strongest pragmatic women I “know”. I love her, I’m just not sure we’d ever be friends. I think I would always feel like I was standing in the shadow of the sun that is Claire waving my arms saying “yoo hoo” standing here too! It’d be tough to compete, the woman is just, well..
For instance, what man is going to look at you if Claire is in the room? Evidently, she oozes so much sex appeal that men just drop their breeks moments after meeting her! (at least that’s what Jamie says). I don’t know about you, but I’ve never experienced spontaneous male pants dropping when I sashay into a room. You can’t even say “well at least I’m smarter” cuz you’re not…mumble… Doctor…makes her own penicillin…mumble…mumble…
And…Jamie…sigh…she gets Jamie. If I’m honest…and I am…I’m not green with envy…I’m practically… verdant! Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband; he is a caring man with integrity and I’m very proud to be his wife. But, Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ…..Claire gets…Jamie! What woman wouldn’t be envious of that after eight books. I was in love by about by the time he took a beating for she who shall remain nameless.
And talk about intimidating, how about her bad-ass factor?! Can’t think of the last time I used a dining room table to operate on a man’s testicles or managed to slit a buffalo’s throat with an amputation saw. In fact, I think the last bad-ass thing I did was drink a coffee… black. See? It’s tough to compete with the woman Jamie calls Sassenach. And what about THAT!? The whole Sassenach thing?! She speaks with a lady-like accent, looks like a delicate English flower AND gets a cool nick-name?! My only nickname might have to do with the physical expansiveness of my bum. And what about THAT! I get derogatory comments about the size of my bottom. But Claire? She gets praised for evidently having the “roundest arse” Jamie has ever seen.
And can we talk about Claire and gravity? EVIDENTLY, she has some sort of gravity defying…thing. In the twenty years between Outlander and Voyager her bum and boobs haven’t sagged and having a child has only left little silvery feathery stretch marks. Really…. really!? Gravity has NOT my been my friend. My bum and boobs may have traveled to a different zip code ( slight exaggeration…around the block maybe). And my last baby? two foot long, ten pounds, twelve ounces …need I say more?
” Claire Randall Fraser a sexy gravity defying round arsed bad-ass to which all other women pale in comparison”
Bless her heart.
12 thoughts on “Outlander confessions…..Claire intimidates me”
The most obvious reply I have is ‘cheeky’ post. #getit? This piece companions perfectly with ‘Sassenach.’ I would like to point out that part of Claire’s gravity defying skills most likely have something to do with hard living in the 18th century. I’m surprised anyone could be fat in a time before modern transportation. Our Claire has never been one to sit around.
Cracked me up when I opened my feed and saw Sassenach! I was thinking the same these go together! Someone just posted pics of “bad-ass” Claire. Are we all thinking the same things…at the same time….spooky
Love the blog! As a reader (and re-reader) of the series for 22 years you have put to words so many of the same things I have felt about these wonderful characters we love so much. I have always wished I could express someway, how important these books & the people in the are to me. Thank you for sharing you stories!
Thank you! I started writing this blog for practice! It is so encouraging to have people comment.
I agree! I love Claire – but she kinda scares me too. I wonder if her “super hero” like abilities are one of the reasons I have never been able to picture her when I read the books. Even now, when we know what the characters WILL look like – I can (usually) insert Sam’s face for Jamie – but not Cait for Claire.
I’ve heard people express this before. They feel she is “too perfect” to relate too? I was just poking fun 😜
You know what? If you were given the opportunity to be as bad ass as Claire, you would. You would do it. Maybe not perfectly. Maybe not always to great success, but you’d do it. You just need the chance. There aren’t many chances to slit the throat of a buffalo in the modern world.
And I’d say delivering two feet, almost 11 freaking pounds of gorgeous baby is pretty damned bad ass! 🙂 🙂
If we’re being honest, both Jamie and Claire are wonderful fictional characters partly because they are too good to be true. Fortunately they are both wonderfully flawed and human, but even their flaws add up to make them pretty darn perfect. Not ACTUALLY perfect, but the perfect characters to read about, admire, and love. And maybe even aspire to be like. As a timid person, I draw inspiration from Claire’s strength and courage. It doesn’t always work, but she is always there as a great example.
She truly is a woman to emulate fictional or not!
This is beautiful made my night 😂