Need some drama in my book? I’ll rape the heroine (or hero)!

Hidden Away (KGI #3) by Maya BanksRunning Fire by Lindsay McKenna

I WANT rape to be included in books. That’s not what I’m going to try and say here. I want it in there because it happens nonstop. Women are experiencing it right now. If romance authors can randomly blow up every military hero’s best friend to add some drama, or even randomly blow HIM up so he can return to Texas traumatised and with serious injuries and meet his wholesome hometown heroine, then we can have rape victims as heroines.

I become so frustrated with the type of romance reader who wants their head permanently buried in the sand. I’ve even got in trouble from romance authors and readers for saying I don’t like the way Disney sanitises fairy tales!

However, the way so many authors are dealing with rape and other trauma in their books is beyond disturbing.

There are a few authors whose books have been disturbing me recently. Maya Banks. Lindsay McKenna. Diana Gabaldon. Cindy Miles. Look, there are many, but I can’t write about them all.

I want to mention Maya Banks first, because it is her newest romantic suspense book, Darkest Before Dawn, that prompted this post.

Banks LOVES to rape her heroines. She almost destroys them through horrific experiences, in order for the Big Strong hero to come in and fix everything with his guns and his sex.

Darkest Before Dawn (KGI #10) by Maya Banks

Her latest book, which I have not yet read, but I have read excerpts and summaries of, involves a hero who HAS to turn the heroine over to terrorists in order for her to be tortured and raped and tortured and raped and raped and raped and raped and raped before she’s murdered. Why they won’t just murder her is anybody’s guess. The virginal heroine, named – of course – Honor – then decides she’d rather the hero screw her first, because Stockholm Syndrome rape is probably better than torture rape.

The author makes this about the hero’s man pain, with him saying things like this to her:

“And you think you don’t matter to me?” he roared. “Do you think I’m going to just hand you over to him and walk away knowing that he’ll repeatedly rape you, that his men will rape you? Whomever he wishes to reward will rape you. He’ll torture you just because he enjoys it. And then he’ll turn you over to ANE and every imaginable horror you can possibly imagine, they will do them to you. When and only when you are so near death that you can no longer withstand their constant brutality, they’ll kill you, but it won’t be merciful and it will not be swift. They’ll drag you into the middle of whatever village they occupy and they’ll inflict as many wounds as possible so that you die a slow, horrific death, and then they’ll leave your corpse to rot and decompose and no one will move you for fear they’ll be killed for interfering.”

Thanks to this blog for the excerpt.

Why in the holy flying hell would you SAY that to someone??!!

Shades of Gray by Maya Banks

Another horrifying Banks book is Shades of Gray, where the entire team of male superheroes suddenly screws up so the tough girl heroine gets captured. She then proceeds to be cut up with a knife and raped twice in a row (on the page) for no particular reason, while everyone listens in.

She had nothing, no buffers to what had happened. She’d been raped by two men and sliced open like some piece of meat.

For some reason, she waits until the second time she’s being raped before she uses the knife in her hand to put an end to it.

Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann

This scenario can be done, even in romance. Suzanne Brockmann handled something similar in Over the Edge because the way the story was structured made it seem inevitable, not gratuitous.

Much of the rest of Shades of Gray is devoted to the *hero’s* pain about what happened.

The book finishes with the heroine fighting off the baddies while totally naked. None of the men are.

“Okay, I’m naked,” she said coolly. “Let him go.” Brumley cast a glance in Cole’s direction. Cole’s expression was murderous. “And let him miss out on the fun?” Brumley asked. “What better satisfaction would it be than to fuck you right here while he watches?”

Never Surrender by Lindsay McKenna

Lindsay McKenna is an author whose current series involves all her heroines being victims of repeated rapes, as well as torture. She has a heroine who is raped by terrorists so badly they have to have surgery to put their genitals back together. At the same time she is in a coma because she’s also been shot in the head. She has heroines whose husbands beat and raped them for years.

Then she “fixes” these heroines with super sex and pregnancies.

Outlander Rape and Torture Obsession

I’m not getting into Diana Gabaldon’s obsession with rape in her Outlander series, but I DO want to say that her defenders saying it’s historically accurate are being ridiculous. An English officer “invading” Scotland (England was NOT invading Scotland in the 1740s, by the way – that’s the worst of all her historical mistakes), raping everything in sight, nailing a man’s hand to a table and raping him all night? I’m going to bet that never happened even once.

Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

We have Cindy Miles’ Stupid Girl, where the heroine is drugged and raped right at the start of the book. But don’t worry! Her brother (in one of the romance genre’s most creepy and paternalistic acts) gives her a purity ring!

Then when we meet the hero, the first thing he does is sexually assault her. But don’t worry! When he finds out she has been raped not all that long ago, he says he would never have assaulted her if he’d known about it. But it’s just fine if she’s not a rape victim, it seems.

I get that people don’t want to read this sort of thing in their books. I don’t want to read this sort of thing either. This is not dealing with rape sensitively; it’s gratuitous and disturbing, and really worrying that female authors would use this sort of brutality as a plot device to make the heroes look strong and caring.

There are better ways to deal with serious issues than over the top brutalisation and degradation of the female (and male) characters.

PLEASE, authors. Write about rape. Write about assault. Write about serious issues instead of cupcake shops. But for God’s sake, use some sensitivity when you do it.

For the Outlander fans…

It’s an in-joke for anyone who has watched the television adaptation of Outlander, and it is one of the main reasons I have gone off the show.

Despite the book series being – at its core – about Claire and Jamie in the past, the show’s producer is obsessed with the actor playing Frank. I find Frank deathly boring, and just because someone thinks an actor is good doesn’t mean the fundamental elements of the book need to be changed so drastically.

So a fan made a joke Frank-themed poster for the first of April!

I have no idea who to credit for making this!

Too Much Frank in Outlander New Poster

The Week: 1st – 7th June

Crimson Rosella Canberra Australia Tuggeranong Garden Sonya Heaney 2nd June 2015.

A crimson rosella at our house on Tuesday.

I’ve lost my Kindle! It has to be somewhere in the house, but I have no idea where! I’ve climbed under furniture and checked both in all the normal places and the abnormal places… I did, however, find a paperback copy of Lover Eternal that I’ve been looking for.

I am so sleep-deprived I can’t think of anything else to say about this week!

Copyright, Infringement, Authors and those “Man Candy” Posts…

Warwick Castle Warwickshire England Britain Sonya Heaney December 2004

No more Outlander for me…


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The Beautiful One (The Scandalous Sisters #1) by Emily Greenwood

My review of A Millionaire for Cinderella by Barbara Wallace

A Millionaire for Cinderella by Barbara Wallace

My review of Never Resist a Rake (Somerfield Park #2) by Mia Marlowe

Never Resist a Rake (Somerfield Park #2) by Mia Marlowe

No more Outlander for me…


I’m not reviewing the last few episodes of Outlander because I honesty cannot be bothered, and I also have a really big problem taking time to sit through any more graphic, gratuitous violence and gore – especially at the expense of Claire-Jamie character development.

Additionally, I have been watching Poldark, and everything that’s missing from the Outlander television adaptation is there in this other show. First and foremost, the wonderful, wonderful connection between the romantic leads, that is so, SO sorely missing from Outlander:

 Poldark 1x08

I’d rather stick with Poldark than Outlander, which has become a lesser show. Poldark doesn’t attract the horrendous, ridiculous, mean fangirl lunacy that’s going on in the Outlander fandom now, has better acting, a truly great heroine, and – yes – a more appealing leading man.

Some Outlander fan (some call the Gabaldon Army) attacks on professional reviewers in recent days (click to enlarge these):

Nasty Outlander Fans May 2015

Crazy Vicious Outlander Fans May 2015Untitled

Much of my dislike of what was done in the second half of season one has to do with attitudes. Attitudes from the book’s author, Diana Gabaldon, attitudes from the show’s producer, Ron Moore, and, sadly, attitudes from the vicious, obsessive fans who resort to personal attacks whenever the story is called out for historical inaccuracy, misogyny or bigotry.

You: [Reasoned, thoughtful contention implying that the thing they like is not perfect.]

Fan: Shut up.

It’s no fun talking to a zealot, but more and more, contemporary fandom is zealotry.

The final straw came when I read a few reviews of the final episode of the season. People who were unaware a story that started as a little love triangle would turn into two full episodes of torture and rape said they were no longer interested in watching the show, and the fangirls (sorry, but there’s no other term for them) responded:

Crazy Vicious Outlander Fans May 2015

Across the board, this vicious, vicious nastiness. This is like Twilight or Fifty Shades fans, but on a nastier level. And the sad thing is that – on every site (I’ve deleted names and profile pictures) – every single one of these comments was made by a middle-aged woman who should know better (not a twelve-year-old, as with Twilight).

Diana Gabaldon fosters a cult culture, and has done for a long time. She’s infamous for her short, superior, sometimes even cruel comments to her fans when they don’t fall into line with what she dictates. She has reimagined scenes from her twenty-four year old book by rewording and rebranding.

The wife-beating is downplayed and has become “the spanking scene”, as nobody was all that thrilled with it after bodice rippers went out of fashion. And in accordance with that, Gabaldon finds it justified to make all sorts of derogatory comments about both feminists and women under thirty-five (Google will prove this; I have no desire to read any of her comments again).

Outlander 1x09 The Reckoning Claire and Jamie Domestic Abuse Wife Beating 2 Sonya Heaney - Copy

Black Jack Randall’s homosexuality was rebranded as “equal-opportunity sadism” when it became no longer socially acceptable to demonise homosexuality the way the first book did.

Perhaps the most offensive thing was how in the lead-up to this final episode, Gabaldon has been publicly joking about rape.

Anybody who has any issues with this is called “stupid” (something Gabaldon has actually said about her own fans on her social media accounts – again, use Google), and so the fangirls follow suit and call naysayers “stupid” too.

Then there’s the whole other issue with the show’s producers deciding they need to up the rape and torture and deemphasise the relationships because the show is too “womanly”, and because – you know – women are such a minority in this world(!) the story must be “fixed” (blood and guts for the all-important men who might watch!) in order for it to be interesting.

So much for Outlander being a feminist show!

Generally, I’m now having trouble looking on Outlander – book, show or even people who support it – with anything other than annoyance. And so I won’t be continuing to watch whenever it is they get their act together and actually make a second season.

I know it has been two and half decades since this book came out, and fans have been waiting all that time and so are passionate about it, but the total, irrational viciousness of the people who are invested in this turns my stomach. Perhaps the author’s open dislike of women is bringing out the worst in the women who follow her and quote her like she’s a religious text.

Ladies: grow the hell up!! Outlander fans are the nastiest and most childish of any group of fans I’ve ever come across, and I’m ashamed that it’s grown women who make up that tribe.

Rape in Book Adaptations on Television

I’ve said a bit about how Outlander has lost the plot since its return, and so I found this article interesting. It mentions Outlander as guilty, but is actually about Game of Thrones – which I have only seen some scenes of (they were filming the latest episode in Seville when I was there last year, so I watched those parts).

It’s about how the rape of female characters is a plot device to give the male characters something to be upset about, rather than showing how the female characters deal with it.

Some quotes:

If you watch enough prestige television, you come to realise that the most traumatic thing that could possibly happen to a man is having to suffer the pain of a woman he knows getting raped. It’s not, actually, the most traumatic thing to happen to a woman, likely because it happens all the fucking time, but for a man there’s really no greater indignity. To exist as a woman on a cable drama is to understand that at some point you’re probably going to be raped by someone you know or in the presence of someone you know or as a punishment to someone you know, but it’s okay because in the end, it just gives you something to overcome and everyone knows that having something to overcome is the only way to prove that you are a strong woman.

In fairness to “Game of Thrones,” it’s not the only show on television that falls into the “how do men feel about rape” trap. Throughout its first season, the freshman Starz drama “Outlander” has repeatedly pulled focus from the actual victims of sexual assault to instead dig into how their male loved ones feel about the matter.

I think romance fiction is guilty of this sometimes too. It’s one thing to show a man dealing with this, but when it’s at the expense of the woman, then it’s gratuitous. It lessens what has happened.

The Week: 11th – 17th May

Funeral Sophia Jacyszyn Ukrainian Catholic Church 12th May 2015

Three priests and my father…

Phew, it’s a relief for this week to be over. Monday was spent at the funeral home and Tuesday was my grandmother’s funeral. Now we’re settling in for everything that comes after, but at least the stress and the very public aspect of farewelling someone are finished.

Very odd to have to figure out how life works after the loss of someone who was at the centre of it. What happens on weekends now, for example? Do you keep going to the same pub for drinks that you used to go to with her on Fridays (we actually DID go this Friday, but it wasn’t the same…)? How about Sunday dinners? The church that was important to her but I would never have attended otherwise?

I’ve been writing thank you letters for the funeral, and have discovered just how many different people were there. Baba used to work for the Department of Defence, and I see their names in the condolence book. I’m trying to track down the people from Defence (I cannot find addresses!) to thank them, but no luck so far. I’d love to know where you are. We’re all a bit humbled by how many people came to show their respect.

Even though it feels like an age since I read a book, it really has only been a couple of weeks. However, I’m easing myself back into it now. I deliberately put all of my review books aside the moment Baba went into hospital, because we knew it was the end and I didn’t want to unfairly review with that hanging over me, but I think I’ve been fair in the past few days, and yet still I haven’t loved the review books I started.

I’ve been rereading a bit. Outlander – which is reminding me just how much humour and warmth the television adaptation’s version is missing in recent episodes. And Pride and Prejudice – I’m just in the mood for it at the moment, and have also been re-watching the 1980 and 1995 adaptations. I’d love for someone brave enough to do an adaptation that is historically accurate come along and do a new version. It’s SO stagey (almost embarrassingly so), but I love the 1980 production more each time I watch it.

This week I also read Sabrina Jeffries’ upcoming book, which had her usual strong writing. However, I think I’m becoming a little tired of new historical romances set around only a few characters in a country house. I think I’m looking for more action and excitement at the moment. A little more plot and a little less lusting!

Random thoughts on the past fortnight.

Sophia Jacyszyn Funeral Brochure

Where’d the Outlander recaps go?

Outlander 2014

My issue with Pride and Prejudice 1995


My review of Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

My review of Untamed by Pamela Clare

Untamed by Pamela Clare

My review of Holding Strong by Lori Foster

Holding Strong by Lori Foster

My review of The Road to Hope by Rachael Johns

The Road to Hope by Rachael Johns

Where’d the Outlander recaps go?

 Outlander 2014

From reading a few discussion forums, I see I’m not the only one who thinks the Outlander television adaptation has lost its way. Even some of the hardcore fans (and Outlander has followers that make Twilight fans look sane!) are starting to grumble a bit. A far cry from a few months ago when you’d have to lock your doors and call the police if you dared to insult anything about it!

I’ve been trying to work up the motivation to review the past few episodes, and I haven’t been able to…

Somewhere along the way the Jamie/Claire connection – the entire point of the series! – fizzled and died. Apparently the show’s producers decided it was too girly, and so have focused on anything but that. I’m disappointed.

I’m thinking I’ll just do one big review at the end of the season. Anyone who has read the book knows some Big Stuff is coming up. However, with so much filler and feet-dragging in the past few episodes, I’m really concerned they’ve run out of time to give the big issues the time and respect they need.

I’m also lamenting how much better the show could have been if they’d cast a trained actress rather than a bland, inexperienced runway model to carry the show…

The Week: 27th April – 3rd May

Sunset Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 26th April 2015

Canberra’s sunset a few days ago. We were driving, so it’s not perfect…

Hmm. This week wasn’t bad, but I’m going to say negative things! I’m so mad about a few things, but I also think talking about your boring, everyday, happy stuff isn’t very interesting!

But one thing: we thought my father had cancer. We found out on Wednesday (after surgery) that he doesn’t. 🙂

While everyone is going to be obsessing over if a certain baby will be called Diana, Frances, Gertrude or Brunhilda, can we please take a moment to remember Ruth Rendell, who died yesterday…

Before I get to my long rant, here’s another nice Canberra sunset picture. From last evening, just after I got home, and when I was still fuming about the thing I discuss below this.

Sunset Tuggeranong Canberra Australia  1st May 2015 Sonya Heaney .

Walt and Burley Bar Cafe Canberra Australia Oksana Heaney 2nd May 2015

The otherwise fantastic and friendly gastro pub on the lake in Canberra.

We went out for drinks and tapas yesterday afternoon, only to have a group of sour-faced Anglo-Australians from interstate sit next to us. I know with Ferguson and Baltimore Americans think “racism” means ONLY things against African Americans, but to sit there next to these awful British/(Anglo) Australian people making nonstop racist comments about Ukrainians… My mother was really upset. She has faced this in Australia her whole life, as have I, even from my father’s family – her in-laws.

I’m usually shy, but I marched over and I told them off, and then we left. How could I not?! And screw them. I don’t need racial attacks on my weekend!

I felt pretty embarrassed immediately afterwards, but I cannot regret it. It’s very upsetting hearing racial abuse in your own country! Another example of this is when my mother, and then I, walked out of a Christmas barbeque last year. My father’s sister started going on about how she was too scared to go on the school bus growing up, because there were “wogs” (a racist term for European immigrants) on board… Sometimes I REALLY hate Australians, and Saturday was one of those days.

How these people can blindly follow current fashions, which have stolen Ukrainian traditional designs for this season (just check out designers like Valentino), and then turn around and make derogatory comments about the culture they just appropriated…

I didn’t read that much this week, but I have been rereading the “Making Of” book about the 1995 Pride and Prejudice. I don’t totally, blindly love that version, but I do love the huge amount of research and dedication that went into it.

However, I’m not all that happy with my fiction reading at the moment. I know that when one book does well, publishers immediately say: ‘Give me carbon copies of this book, and that’s all we’ll publish for five years!’.

But you know what? I’m bored. I’m bored with wallpaper historical romances. The term “Navy SEAL” is now a joke. I don’t believe every small town in America (or Australia) is full of unbelievably sexy thirty-year-old men who just HATE “the city”. I’m just… bored.

I hope I can get out of this rut soon, but I think it’s the books that will have to change, not me.

Time for a lot of rereading of favourites! I’m already lining up my old paperbacks.

I’m Bored!


Outlander 1×12

Or the episode where we wonder why everyone has stopped speaking Gaelic!

Outlander 1x12 Jamie Claire Sonya Heaney

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The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long Romance Cover

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Mastering Meg by Saskia Walker

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The Harlot Countess (Wicked Deceptions #2) by Joanna Shupe

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Sins of a Duke by (Scandalous House of Calydon #3) by Stacy Reid

My review of Letters Home (Letters Home #1) by Rebecca Brooke

Letters Home (Letters Home #1) by Rebecca Brooke

My review of The Unlikely Lady (Playful Brides #3) by Valerie Bowman

The Unlikely Lady (Playful Brides #3) by Valerie Bowman

Outlander 1×12 – Or the episode where we wonder why everyone has stopped speaking Gaelic!

This is also posted HERE.

Outlander 1x12 Jamie Claire Sonya Heaney

This seems to be the episode that made even diehard Outlander fans admit the show has lost sight of the book. The funny thing is that while I had a few issues, it didn’t offend me and I wasn’t as worked up about it as I was about some others.

One thing I wasn’t thrilled with was the penises. Sorry, but I’m serious. I get that Black Jack Randall is trying to rape Jamie’s sister, Jenny. What I don’t need to see is the actor whipping out his penis and rubbing it to try and… you know… in order to do the deed. Remember in the past when people equated actresses with prostitutes? Well, I think these days it’s fair to say actors have rather a lot in common with porn stars… I don’t think it makes me a prude to say I don’t want to watch actors actually masturbating on television.

Outlander 1x12 Jenny Black Jack Randall Sonya Heaney

Don’t worry, I spared you the penis shots…

And then we had naked Jamie in all his glory in the stream.

Yeah. I don’t need to see that.

As for the rest of the episode?

Outlander 1x12 Scottish Scenery Sonya Heaney

I thought they did a good job with the scenery in this one. I also liked that they didn’t portray the English as totally evil (rather, they were helping) in the one scene they appeared in.

Outlander 1x12 Claire Sonya Heaney

I was complaining that we never saw the discussions about Claire and Jamie’s ages, a discussion that should have been in the last episode. Now that they put it in, I wish they hadn’t. Neither actor looks young for their age (in fact, I’d say Balfe was older), and trying to claim they’re a decade younger… did not work.

I’ve seen it mentioned that the actress playing Jamie’s sister would have made a better Claire than Caitriona Balfe. I agree. Firstly, we have the size difference (which is a big thing in the books):

Outlander 1x12 Jenny Jamie Sonya Heaney

She is also a more passionate character – as Claire is in the books. And there’s no way in hell I believe these two are siblings. They don’t share a single physical characteristic!

Outlander 1x12 Jenny Sonya Heaney

However, both Jenny and Claire came off as nagging and a bit nasty in this episode. I’m not sure why this show is being lauded as a “Girl Power!!” show when they portray women so badly. There was no need for their first scene together to result in Claire being called a trollop!

And then we have one of my big issues: why is nobody speaking Gaelic??!! When this show started, there was a big deal made about Claire not understanding anyone. And the promotional videos featured the language expert teaching us phrases.

And they’ve dumped it! Everyone is not only (unrealistically) fluent in English, but they’re ONLY speaking English.

Outlander 1x12 British English Soldiers Redcoats Sonya Heaney

This is basically a filler episode. I can see why fans are complaining about it, because not much happens. HOWEVER, this is following the book, and this is a slow part of Outlander, so I’m not sure what viewers expected!

Finally, I was a little bit pissed off with the supposed joke about the food offered at the dinner table. Basically, it was something we eat in Ukrainian culture on a regular basis. And – seriously – Claire from 1940s England does NOT get to joke about anyone else’s food!

Outlander 1×11 – or the episode where they conveniently had a witch trial years after Scotland stopped trying and burning witches.

Outlander 1x11 Claire and Jamie Sonya Heaney

This is also posted HERE.

This article suggests that many long-term Outlander fans are projecting their expectations onto their experiences watching the show, because the adaptation is failing on a few levels. People are seeing what they wish they were seeing, rather than what they’re actually seeing. I agree.

The reason I – and people who aren’t thrilled with every aspect of the adaptation – continue to watch Outlander is for the big moments. This episode had a couple of the biggies we wanted to see taken from the book and put onto the screen.

It’s the episode where Jamie finds out Claire is from the future. It is also the episode Claire decides to stay in the past with Jamie.

Outlander 1x11 Jamie Sonya Heaney

Did they get it right? Yes and no. Sam Heughan got Jamie just right – he was perfect. I loved his genuine regret for beating her. Better than the book, I think. However, they wasted so much time on the witch trial we missed some of the Big Moments from the Jamie and Claire story.

Outlander 1x11 Geillis Claire Trial Court Sonya Heaney

I do love how the television show tried to fix historical errors made by Diana Gabaldon (the so-called queen of historical accuracy!) in this episode. It was very clunky, but at least they acknowledged that trying people for witchcraft was indeed outlawed in Britain before 1743. It’s such a crucial part of the story, but also very much an anachronism.

Outlander 1x11 Crowd Sonya Heaney

The lack of head-coverings for the women is really starting to bug me!

The beginning of the episode is all about the trial. It’s different from the book, playing up Laoghaire’s villainy, which is a little disappointing. This so-called feminist show is doing a wonderful job demonising the pretty teenage girl. It’s bad enough the book’s fans (who are old enough to know better) already childishly call her “Leg Hair”. We don’t need to encourage more of that nonsense.

Outlander 1x11 Geillis Duncan Trial Court Sonya Heaney

Lotte Verbeek is perfect as Geillis in this episode. I did wonder why she wasn’t even mentioned when both she and Claire were standing there on trial together (all the evidence was against Claire) but she made the most of the scenes.

However, they left out crucial things – where did Jamie suddenly come from when he was supposed to be days away?!

And then they added others – Ned with a flipping gun?!

Outlander 1x11 Claire and Jamie 2 Sonya Heaney

But what we were all waiting for was the big revelation: Claire is from the future.

Was it done right? Well… no, it wasn’t.

I doubt many people who have read the book expected Claire’s big revelations about her time-travelling to be as it was done in the show. What I always remember from that scene in the book is Claire’s hysterical laughter, and Jamie’s goosebumps, and much more drama.

Claire’s quiet, emotionless revelations didn’t have much of an impact for what is supposed to be one of the BIGGEST moments of the entire show.

Jamie’s reactions were brilliant, but there was just so much missing from the whole thing. For example, show Claire might have shown the same courtesy as book Claire and warned Jamie about Culloden!

More importantly, we never got to see Claire start to disappear through the stones. This is how Jamie is convinced Claire is from a different time. In the show Jamie never gets any proof.

Less trial and more emotional time-travelling scenes were definitely needed!

Hmm. It seems Ron Moore really has no idea what is important to the story. I get that he wants to give his secondary actors something to do, but it should never be at the expense of the good stuff.