Fangirl challenge: [5/10] pairings » Anakin Skywalker and Padmè Amidala (Star Wars)
From the moment I met you, all those years ago, not a day has gone by when I haven’t thought of you. And now that I’m with you, I’m in agony. The closer I get to you - the worse it gets. The thought of not being with you…. I can’t breathe.
It’s just…there’s so much that’s terrible about these movies—the dialogue, the performances, lots of the story, the hair—but I don’t know, I still kind of love these two dumb idiots. Also I can’t believe an Anakin/Padme romantical gif set showed up on my dashboard!
The planets, aligned.
In honor of the JUST ONE YEAR paperback release tomorrow. Now that the universe has gifted us with our perfect Adam in Jamie Blackley, we’re using the Secret to ask for our perfect Willem! (What can we say? We’re greedy like that.)
And for those of you who’ve already read JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR, the JUST ONE NIGHT e-novella is the stuff of your dreams. Read it now, thank us later.
Rereading Just One Night under my desk (shhhh)…I mean, come on, it’s Monday, how else am I supposed to get through it?
OK, new life goal: get a house where you can install a tessellated floor.
"Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. "
— Mary Oliver (via artisticalyhaze)
Ha! I know some fictional characters who think like this.
SO. I have been thinking a lot about this episode, and the adaptation as a whole, and I’m wondering if anyone feels the same way…
I’m intrigued by the writers beefing up Frank’s storyline/showing us his side of the story and more of his history with Claire, but I also find it frustrating, I guess? Partly because I don’t care, and partly because we could have glimpsed this in bits and pieces and still gotten the gist of his search without having to spend half an episode on it. And one of the reasons Claire (and, yes, the reader) is able to move past the idea that she’s being unfaithful is that it’s so much clearer in the book that Claire and Frank are having issues/are distant after WWII and they take that trip to Scotland as a kind of second honeymoon to try to reconnect. Frank is just so aloof and the whole decent-chance-he-was-unfaithful element made me feel like they ultimately would not have stayed together (or at least wouldn’t have been happy together in the long run). Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot to admire about him, but… yeah.
The books aren’t about a love triangle, so I’m ultimately predisposed to disliking the choice up that particular element more than absolutely necessary. I can’t decide if I think it’s doing Claire’s character a disservice, either. The emotional core of the series is Claire’s relationship with Jamie (and the family they build around them), which, after watching this episode, made me realize that DG was right in leaving Frank in the future, and that the screen time would have been better spent developing the moments between Claire and Jamie. I love that Claire exists in the story as this incredibly strong woman who makes mistakes, is intelligent, has compassion, is damn good at healing, and there’s meat to her story beyond romance, but I felt what was missing from the first half of season one was a stronger sense of why she and Jamie work, and how they help each other. They joke around and tease each other a bit, they make eyes at one another every now and then, but I’m actually really surprised they didn’t use Claire’s line/explanation/worry that the strong feelings she’s developing for him are akin to the war romances she saw—flings that flamed hot and bright under stress and strange circumstances. The show made it seem almost like Claire transformed sisterly/friendly feelings into romantic ones in the span of a few hours.
The other thing I hate to admit is that Jamie is really underdeveloped so far. It took forever for them to even explain how he and Dougal are even related (by his mother), and we get nothing about how he’s university-educated, speaks a number of different languages, that he’s great with horses, and only a little of his smart humor (and so on and so forth). Beyond physical appearance and the fact that he’s friendly to her, I personally feel like we don’t get a strong enough sense of what Claire sees in him and why their minds and hearts suit each other so well. My hope/feeling is that they pull back on Frank and bring Jamie more to the center of the story in the second half of season one. It seems like a natural progression, given what happens in the plot. But the fact that their relationship feels underdeveloped right now makes me a wee bit worried about the controversial scene that I’m assuming will be in the next episode (Claire’s punishment for leaving).
So, basically, I really disliked the changes made to this scene, but I’m hoping that, on Frank’s end, it’s indicative of some kind of cathartic release of Claire and he fades more into the background. The adaptation is great and so true to the spirit of the books, but this is my one little gripe with it.
I totally agree with Alex here. I know they probably beefed Frank up mostly for Toby Menzies to have something to do other than be a horrifying villain all the time, but it’s really a buzzkill, because not only do you not care about Frank by design, he’s super snoresville. I’ve been frustrated by a lot of the Frank stuff because it takes time away from Jamie and Claire, which, again agreeing with Alex, is not progressing as fast as it should.
I was rereading some of Outlander yesterday, kind of serendipitously opening my copy to the part that happens right after where the season has ended so far, and I was very impressed by how DG continues to feed and strengthen Jamie and Claire’s bond through conversations and Jamie telling stories.