My mom's reaction to OUTLANDER
So I finally got my mom to read OUTLANDER, and what was her reaction?
"It's not really my cup of tea."
"Oh? Why not?"
"Well, there's a LOT of sex!" (I just nodded, trying not to laugh.) "And it's very violent. Wife-beating and all that."
Before I could say something coherent about different cultural perspectives between the 18th and 20th centuries, and how Jamie's actions only seem outrageous from our modern point of view, she went on, not missing a beat:
"What's the name of the next book?"
"DRAGONFLY IN AMBER," I said, a little surprised. "Should I bring you a copy? You want to keep reading?"
"Yes," she said. "I want to read all of them before we go." (Before our trip to Scotland in July, she meant.)
So, we'll see. I did assure her that the last part of OUTLANDER is about as intense as it gets in the whole series, and the next book is quite different. I am hoping that she'll continue with the series at least through VOYAGER, but I'm not going to pester her about it. It will be interesting to see what her reaction is to DRAGONFLY, though.
Have any of you had this experience, where a friend or family member didn't get addicted right away? Just wondering.
(Judy L., if you're reading this, please note that my mom is at least making a good-faith effort to read the books before we go. And that's progress. <g> She's looking forward to the trip, regardless.)
By the way, my mother does not read this blog, so I figured it was OK to talk about her reaction here.