No. What the fuck? No. I fell head over heels for the Starz television adaptation of this series, which is currently halfway through the first season.No. What the fuck? No. I fell head over heels for the Starz television adaptation of this series, which is currently halfway through the first season. In my great anticipation during mid-season break I decided to read the books. I'm about halfway through and REFUSE to continue. Spoilers and lots of f-bombs below:
At first, I throughly enjoyed the historical setting and the relationship building. Minor complaints about the main character (Claire) having more agency in the show aside, I enjoyed a knowledgeable, experienced female lead. There was significant threat of violence and many attempted rapes, but I took these with a grain of salt.
Then... Claire and Jamie (the sensitive, strong, shy male lead) get married. Their initial sexual exploration is peppered with reminders of how physically strong and overwhelming Jamie is. During one encounter he tells Claire he couldn't stop if she wanted him to. In another she refuses to have sex, as they are sleeping outside surrounded by a dozen other men. He tells her to be quiet and forces himself on her... uh, romantically? She marvels how her body will still respond to him when her mind doesn't want to have sex. Rape.
Soon after, Claire disobeys Jamie and ends up putting the group in danger. So, Jamie beats her "within an inch of her life".
WHAT. THE. FUCK.
The next morning people chuckle about how it sounds like she was being murdered. Jamie tells her the beating really turned him on and that she should be grateful he didn't rape her after the beating.
WHAT. THE. FUCK.
Worst of all, Claire tells him she understands why he beat her and takes the opportunity to say she loves him, for the first time. He finds the whole thing hilarious.
WHAT. THE. FUCK.
I seriously debated whether to continue reading after this, but decided to see where the author was going.
Straight to more violence and rape, surprise! Claire, justifiably still a bit salty about the whole beating-within-an-inch-of-her-life thing (women, AMIRIGHT?) refuses sex again. Jamie is enraged and explains his claim on her. As his wife he will do what he wants when he wants. Then follows a brutal, punishing rape, which is written as though it is supposed to be erotic despite descriptions of "hammering blows", "inexorable pounding", "invading, battering presence", "my wrists felt as though they would break" and "'No!' I gasped. “Stop, please, you’re hurting me!'".
WHAT. THE. FUCK.
The next morning Jamie laughs about the bruises and scratches Claire "earned", as she giggles along. "My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object". Jamie finds this arousing; Claire is, of course, too sore. But, "James Fraser was not a man to take no for an answer." And he rapes her again. But, like, gentle this time.
Are you fucking kidding me?
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