I am very protective of Outlander and Diana Gabaldon. I have a personal stake in the success of her books and Outlander Starz who had the foresight to recognize an excellent story! I NEED them to succeed! It’s a matter of honor! ( like I have had anything to do with anything) I would go to battle for them against any media big or small! So, when I see the merest hint of disparagement, I can feel my ire rise. My blood begins to boil with the need to defend. A misguided journalist calls my beloved books romances only? I will write a comment of clarification the likes of which has here to never been seen! I know…brutal, but that’s how I roll.
When writing about Outlander the media often uses the same potentially disparaging remarks like the “R” word. There is, however, a remark the media uses that I just don’t get. Bored middle-age housewives. I THINK they mean to suggest that the books or t.v. series’ value should be questioned because “middle-age women” are fans. Why? What’s wrong with middle age, taking care of a home, being a woman, or being bored for that matter?
Aside from the FACT that these books have been read by people of different age, race, culture, genders, and walks of life, why choose middle-age women as your barometer for unworthy reading or watching material? There is a lot to like about middle-age! Middle age comes with some definite perks! Would we go back to our 20’s? shiver Not without what we know now! Experience is the foremost benefit of middle-age. We have had more time to read and bring a wealth of real-life experience to bear while we read. In my opinion, that makes us better able to judge a books’ literary worthiness. We’ve been to the circus and seen the dog and pony show! We can recognize what is good! Now, note I did not say, hip, cool, groovy or hawght <g>, I said good. We can see the potential for deeply examining the wonder and irony of life found in the pages of Diana Gabaldon’s books. We appreciate her ability to reveal the human experience in a way that allows us to feel.
I find it very disturbing that in addition to disparaging middle-age, it seems being a woman disqualifies us as purveyors of what is worthy. Really? Look around. I believe that the world is full of …women… who work, pay taxes, run for office, educate, raise families, run charities, serve in the military, run and create businesses, heal and write. And, us middle-age ones often have enough money to buy books AND movie channels! Not sure some folks understand that women are a force to be reckoned with! But, take it from this middle-aged woman who tries to create a loving home for her family and at times is bored (not while reading Diana) some t.v. Execs and media moguls are about to find out!