I just liked book-wedding-Claire better than TV-Claire. I liked TV-Leoch-Claire better than book-Claire. It’s no skin of my nose if other people have other opinions!
It seems to me that by cutting out the VO where she explained why she was agreeing to marry Jamie she was no longer in control of the situation. In the book she was in control of the situation and of her emotions. She was nervous about bedding Jamie, but wasn’t quite so, well, Father Ralphy. If memory serves, in the book, they have sex, then the animal conversation then he asks if she enjoyed it and she unhesitatingly says ‘yes’ then they do it again. It was a different reaction in TV-Claire.
(Father Ralph was my dad’s shorthand for the look on Richard Chamberlain’s face during all of The Thorn Birds)