One of my favorite lines in the movies comes from Woody Allen’s “The Purple Rose of Cairo.” Sincere, sadsack waitress Mia Farrow talks about the unexpected romance she’s stumbled upon: “I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional . . . but you can’t have everything.”
That comment reminds me of the current craze sweeping the nation. Women have fallen under the spell of a certain fictional fellow named Jamie Fraser. True, he doesn’t REALLY exist, but he does have a historical connection on his side. Currently he might not be able to gallop into our lives, astride a noble steed, but we are all convinced that there was a time when such men rode the moors, looking confident and terribly steamy. (Think of him as Clansman McSteamy.) Yep, these chivalrous hotties spent their days, cantering and trotting, racing their massive beasts and reining in their own desires. Oh, historical fiction—you’ve unleashed a thousand and one unbridled fantasies!
North American Bear recognizes that there are millions of women (and men, too) who are just mad about the goings-on of the hit cable-TV program “Outlander.” The setting is just perfect for outrageous, dreamy desires. You have men who are manly enough to wear skirts, for goodness’ sake! Sure, they’re called “kilts,” but we all know they’re akin to the bottom half of girls’ parochial-school uniforms. (I confess I wore a kilt/tartan skirt for four years in high school. Gosh, those things are brutal on a cold winter’s day.) These 18th-century tribal men aren’t afraid to bare their legs . . . and their souls.
In “Outlander,” which began as a sweeping literary saga, author Diana Gabaldon worked her magic by tapping into women’s secret yearnings to be both smart and competent, while also feeling rescued and protected. Lots of feminists would say that this is a definite throwback. I imagine Gabaldon would counter their accusations by shrugging and saying, “So be it. I’ve sold a couple of million copies. Lots of women must be seeing things my way.”
The author brilliantly set her romance novel in 1945, which is pretty much the way-distant past to most readers and TV viewers. In the aftermath of World War II, a very capable combat nurse, Claire Randall, gets thrown back in time to 1743. Claire, who is a married woman and a modern thinker for the 1940s, finds herself embraced by the muscular arms of Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser. Talk about an unexpected detour!
By getting launched back 200 years, Claire has immunity from being accused of adultery. She’s able to swoon and surrender to her young, handsome romantic swain. In fact, that’s one of the new designs for 2016 from North American Bear.
They have meticulously crafted “The Wedding “ bear, which shows off Claire Randall as she exchanges vows to become Claire Fraser. (One of the nice touches about this bear is that she comes with two wedding bands: one is silver; the other is gold. The bands commemorate both of her marriages.)
North American Bear has three ursine “Outlander” versions available. In addition to the newest nuptials creation, there are the first two they unveiled in 2015: Claire and Jamie in their coordinating tartan plaid get-ups.
Any of these plush interpretations would be a great Valentine’s Day gift. If your boyfriend or husband doesn’t pick one up for you, then take a hint from Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin: “Sisters are doin’ it for themselves.” Go out and buy your own plush hunk.
Author Diana Gabaldon has embraced the bears, so it’s evident that they’ve met with her seal of approval. So, don’t wait for a time portal to temporarily open up in your living room and whisk you away. Statistically, you have a higher chance of being struck by lightning—twice—than having that paranormal event occur. (Though, come to think of it, maybe the lightning combined with your wishing might send you spiraling back a century or two.)
There’s no excuse for it. You’re a modern woman. You have a credit card and a PayPal account. Let the “Outlander” collecting begin! (P.S. If you’re looking for a companion book to the “Outlander” series, I wrote two time-travel fantasies. Please check them out here: http://www.stephaniefinnegan.com
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