- Outlander -Here’s When Jamie & Claire Fell In Love, According To ‘Outlander’ Author Diana Gabaldon
Author Diana Gabaldon has repeatedly said that the Outlander books are not romance novels since they go beyond — way, way beyond — the courtship period. But that doesn't mean fans aren't still fascinated by the early days of Jamie and Claire's love story.
The Dipp previously asked some of the biggest Outlander fans when they thought Jamie fell in love with Claire and when Claire fell in love with Jamie. Whether you first watched (and rewatched) the start of Jamie and Claire's love story in Starz's Outlander Season 1 or read (and reread) about it in the book Outlander, you may think the topic continues to be up for debate. But I wanted the definitive answer, so I went straight to the source and asked the Outlander author to settle this once and for all.
When it comes to when Jamie and Claire first fell in love, the consensus from the fandom is that Jamie fell before Claire did. But fans were divided on just when that was. Was it love at first sight when she fixed his shoulder? When he fell from his horse? At Castle Leoch when she cried in his arms? Or even later — though, not much later since their entire courtship (if you can even call it that) lasted only six weeks — during their wedding night?
As Gabaldon points out over the phone, Jamie "was attracted to her immediately." In the book, he eventually — very swoon-worthily — tells her that he married her "because I wanted you. ... More than I ever wanted anything in my life."