Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Diana talks about Jamie and Dougal's relationship

Here's a fascinating post from Diana Gabaldon on Compuserve, about the very complex relationship between Jamie and Dougal.  Written as an answer to Sam Heughan's question about why she'd made Jamie left-handed, it's one of the best and most comprehensive explanations of Dougal and Jamie's relationship that I've ever seen.

Note to the Heughligans:  Diana was kind enough to share this particular response on Compuserve, but please don't go out of your way to mention that to Sam.  Diana says,
I won't generally post stuff about this sort of discussion, though;  I don't mind talking about my "process" (for lack of a better word <g>) at all, and don't mind people watching me work, but I don't know how Sam feels about it and he's entitled to privacy in which to do his own work/prep.
Sam Heughan is absolutely entitled to have discussions in private with Diana about the characters, their background, their motivations, etc., and the last thing I want is to make him feel self-conscious about asking Diana questions!

But since Diana did post this explanation in public, I would encourage you all to take the time to read it.  I love it when she goes into great detail about the characters like that.

8 comments:

Michelle Kelly said...

Loved that. Thanks for sharing.

kathrynarata said...

I like it when authors give more background about their characters. All too often, others will deeply analyze their work (particular English professors) and do it in such a way that misses the entire point the author was intending to convey. I had several professors in college who I believe misinterpreted the entire works of Dickens, for example, in light of a particular agenda they wanted to teach. This is very refreshing.

time traveler said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! Absolutely fascinating to see Diana's thought process.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link! I love reading backstory ~ and Diana really writes great explanations.

Josephine Reynolds said...

Found the info re Jamies left handedness and relationship with Dougal most interesting and helpful!
Must get started on rereading the books...Thank you Diana.

Bostoncharm said...

that was great!

NatureWoman said...

Thank you so much for sharing, Karen!

Irene said...

This is cool!