Today’s posting is in honor of James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser’s (JAMMF) birthday. I want to thank Stephanie T. Field for this morning’s ‘inspiration.’
Birth Name: James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser
Occupation: Farmer, Soldier, Husband, Father, Smuggler, Sea Captain, Laird of Lallybroch, North Carolina Landowner, Colonel in the Continental Army
Birthdate: May 1, 1721, born to Brian & Ellen Fraser
Jamie Fraser is 293 years old and looks just as good today as the day he was born in Outlander: June 1, 1991. He was conceived in the mind of his creator, Diana Gabaldon, on March 6, 1988. Needless to say, it was a verra long birthing process. You can read the details of Diana’s labor pains on her blog here: 26-years-ago-today
The Laws of JAMMFdynamics
JAMMFdynamics (aka Jamiedynamics or more casually known as the ‘hook, line and sink’ laws) is the study of one man’s influence over the mass of millions. There are three principles to this theory, and their effects have been universally felt by every woman with a wame. In the simplest of terms, they are:
1) The hook: Infatuation. You cannot resist Jamie Fraser’s allure.
2) The line: Love. You cannot undo your attraction for Jamie Fraser. You are in love.
3) The sink: Obsession. You are entirely owned by Jamie Fraser and can never leave his side.
So, what do these laws really mean, and why are they important to us? It is perhaps more important for the family, friends, and significant others who have yet to feel their effects to understand the basic principles of how Jamiedynamics work. Outlandish physicists (of which I am one) became personally involved and influenced in the mid-1990s. I recognized immediately the flow of heat and chemical changes occurring within my own body during my first reading of Outlander.
Through meticulous analysis, I was able to derive the three Laws of Jamiedynamics. Included are my scientific assumptions and conclusions.
The First Law as stated simply above is Infatuation. The first time you meet Jamie Fraser, you know there is something special about him. His physical characteristics and speech alone grab you. His bravery and humor draw you into his sphere of influence further. Before you know it, you are infatuated.
Assumption: A young man you’ve never met with a tormented past, presents himself to you in a vulnerable state. He is in pain. His back displays further proof of his arduous history, but there is no self-pity in his eyes. He looks at you as a man looks at woman with desire stemming from his strength of character, despite his youth.
Conclusion: A physical reaction is completely ‘normal,’ where normal is defined as a heated flush rising up from your stomach. Butterflies carry this heat up your torso, constrained by clothing that suddenly feels too tight. When it reaches your face, you dare not smile and give yourself away. It matters not. He knows you feel it, too.
The Second Law or stage of Jamiedynamics is Love. It is impossible not to fall in love with Jamie Fraser. Heat is flowing through your body at an exponential rate, expanding to all areas from your brain down to your <ahem>. The chemical processes in your body have taken over at this point. You are in love.
Assumption: A young man is presented to you as a husband – a virgin, no less. Although untainted by other women, he knows his way around a kiss. His hands are gentle yet eager. His enthusiastic lips touch your flesh in places they have never been, and his inexperience is eclipsed by his natural abilities.
Conclusion: The mutual attraction has manifested into a live event. Real feelings have developed. The encounter may have begun as a physical demonstration, but it ended with repeated performances so as to disprove any possible skepticism. You no longer have to deny your desire, and you show him how you feel.
The Third Law is the logical progression from the First and Second. You are obsessed with Jamie Fraser, not only with him but with his entire Outlander family. Everyone he loves, you love. Everyone he despises is your enemy as well. His trials and triumphs are your own. You belong to him.
Assumption: A young man is surrounded by danger and enemies. He gives you the choice to return to safety – to leave his side. His sending you away exemplifies how much he loves you. The logical conclusion is to obey.
Conclusion: The science of logic means nothing without him at your side. You are linked by more than flesh. Through the heart, mind, and soul, you belong to each other. The past has become your future, but what’s to come is still unknown. Together, you will face it with belief in your fate as your obsession
To an outside observer, any one of these principles may seem dangerously too influential, but physical laws cannot be ignored. You can attempt to deny their effects, but Jamiedynamics will always prevail. The question remains, how communicable will JAMMFdynamics become. It is already spreading like wildfire with no end in sight. One look into his eyes and you are hooked, lined and sunk.