Hi, I’m Melissa and I’m ‘Team Jamie’. (‘Hi Melissa!’) The wee folk’s legend tells us that Jamie Fraser emerged from Diana Gabaldon’s brain, traveled down her arm, went into her computer and landed in a bookstore. He then traveled through the front of your eyeballs and into your brain where he’s been residing for lo these many years. That Jamie, the one in my head and yours too, is wedged into our frontal or backal lobes and is not going anywhere. Putting advanced scientific explanations aside, he’s the perfect man. Like Mary Poppins he’s ‘practically perfect in every way’. He’s kind, protective, spiritual, loyal, smart, witty, loving and a warrior. The good news is I’ve known men like him. The bad news is they were six separate men and at present, there’s no way to combine them into a single man. You may be pleased to know that scientists at Nasa are presently working on a way to build a ‘Fraser’ but they tell us it may be decades until one is complete.
For some of you, and they’re usually, but not always, #ShowWatchers, Frank is your man! But as a 20+ year #BookReader, I’m coming from a different perspective than those who are more likely to be Team Frank. I’m not heartless though and there are times when I feel just plain bad for him. At his core, Frank’s a good man who’s been dealt a raw deal in the Love Department and he’s competing against Jamie Fraser and for most humans that’s a losing battle. Still Frank (wow, it’s hard to write this blog as a spoiler free zone!) does the honorable thing for his family most of the time. And I’ve got good news for Frank fans! I wish you a hearty congratulations because it’s not nearly as difficult to find a ‘Frank’ as it is to find a ‘Jamie’. There are quite a few of them out and about. You can find this species perched around town on a chair at Starbucks, in the bleachers at sporting events and if you’re lucky on a sofa in your living room. These are good men, kind men, and they can be yours!
In discussing #Outlander with friends, I’ve found there are quite a few Team Frank fans, countless Team Jamie fans and once in a while I even find ‘Team Conflicted’ fans. Team Conflicted are those of you who loved Frank, then began to love Jamie then went back to Frank. You can’t make up your mind and you know who you are! In order to cut to the chase and quickly identify yourself to your teammates, the hunky @OutmanderArtist and I have come up with a way that doesn’t require decoder rings or fancy handshakes. We call this invention the t-shirt. No more fumbling for the right words, or remembering your complicated hand movements. Simply apply this t-shirt to the top half of your body, then go about your day. As you greet other Outlander friends, you’ll be instantly identifiable and will know how to begin the conversation. Happily, these lovely pieces of wearable art may now be ordered through Cafe Press. In fact you can order them right now and right here! http://www.cafepress.com.au/MelissasStuff2