I don't know how many of you reading this are fans of the Diana Gabaldon novels featuring Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall, but I have to say, if I was stuck on the famous Desert island, this complete series would have to be with me (along with the complete works of Thomas Hardy, just to keep me grounded about love!)
Anyway, the first of her novels "Outlander" in the States, but it was published in the UK as "Cross Stitch", is currently being filmed and if you want to know what young Jamie looks like, follow this link. If you think it will be a spoiler, look away . . . HERE I think he'll do . . .
If you want some more smidgens from Youtube, this is your lucky day. Lock yourself somewhere quiet with your laptop and imagine yourself as Claire . . . HERE
There are LOTS more links there - I think there were lots of contenders for Jamie and Claire, but I really DO NOT think that Rachel Weiss was EVER right for Claire - I would be expecting scarab beetles hiding behind every rock!!!
If you have never read the books, then you could be in for a treat. This is copied from DianaGabaldon.com:
In 1946, after WWII, a young Englishwoman named Claire Beauchamp Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Frank. She’s an ex-combat nurse, he’s been in the army as well, they’ve been separated for the last six years, and this is a second honeymoon; they’re getting re-acquainted with each other, thinking of starting a family. But one day Claire goes out walking by herself, and comes across a circle of standing stones—such circles are in fact common all over northern Britain. She walks through a cleft stone in the circle….and disappears. Back into 1743, where the first person she meets is a gentleman in an 18th-century army officer’s uniform. This gentleman, Jack Randall, looks just like her husband Frank—and proves to be Frank’s six-times-great-grandfather. Unfortunately, he also proves to be a sadistic bisexual pervert, and while trying to escape from him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Highland Scots, who are also trying to get away from Black Jack Randall—though for other reasons.
In order to avoid being handed over to Captain Randall, Claire is obliged to marry one of the young clansmen. So she finds herself trying to escape from Castle Leoch and her Scottish captors, trying to get back to her husband Frank, trying to avoid being recaptured by Captain Randall—and falling in love with Jamie Fraser, the young man she’s been forced to marry. The story rolls on from there…
Many millions of fans think it is the greatest (love) story ever written and wish they had a Jamie all of their own! . . .
Photograph copied from Images of Perthshire, on the wonderful VisitScotland website