As an avid reader and self proclaimed bookworm, I have had the pleasure to read ‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon as soon as the book came out in 1991 [I'm a proud owner of a First Edition/First Print], and consequently each book that followed.
I know that many, including the author, are offended by categorizing this piece of literature as a romance novel, and while personally I believe that this falls under multiple genres, if this book was placed in the Fantasy or Historical Fiction isle in 1991, I would have not stumbled into it. I, therefore, was lucky to find it in my favorite aisle of a book store: Romance Novel aisle.
To say that I’m a fan of the books is to put it mildly. My love for the world and characters that Diana Gabaldon created goes way deeper than that. I consider myself a passionate [do not EVER refer to me as a 'RABID fan'! I'm NOT a dog, and I do not bite!] lover of all things Outlander and try to follow and connect with like-minded people when I can. They give me an outlet to freely share my enthusiasm for the books, author and the characters that have become real to me.
Most of us can associate a certain world event with where we were when it happened, such as the first walk on the moon [I received my first real kiss that night, gazing at that moon], the assassination of JFK or the WTC attack on our country, and on July 13, 2013 as the casting of Sam Heughan as James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser was announced, I can remember exactly where I was and what my thoughts were. I sat at my desk and Diana’s FB feed came through with a picture of a guy pointing at his head. On a closer look, I realized that this young man was to play a role which fans of the books have prayed for over twenty years. The first thought entering my mind was, how cute! He is, and the second was how perfect for the part he was. And when they finally got around to casting Claire Randell, a starring role went to Caitriona Balfe, and no matter that I knew nothing of this woman, I knew she had the perfect look for that character. The reason for me believing so much in this series rests on only one man.
My fears and doubts about how good the adaptation of a much loved books would be, were gone as soon as I found out who the show runner is. All my tummy butterflies were gone the name Ron D. Moore was uttered. I knew without a doubt that he would take every care with casting the right people, finding the perfect locations, make sure that the piece was as authentic as he could possible make it and that’s when I relaxed and decided to just enjoy the ride he was offering. It helped to know that he was the man that brought to my husband and me a show that we could both love and watch together [Battlestar Galactica]. You may think that happens often, but it actually does not. My hubby loves ‘Bad Santa’ and I hate it. I love ‘Notebook’ and he hates that movie. ‘Titanic’ is loved by us both, though, so there is still hope for both of us yet!
Tonight at 11 PM Central time, my year-long wait to see what I thought would never be, is over and the first episode of OUTLANDER series based on the book by the same name by Diana Gabaldon, titled appropriately ‘Sassenach’, will be broadcast for FREE on STARZ website, On Demand and on STARZ YouTube channel.
My emotions are all over the road today and none have to do with fear of ‘if the show can live up to my expectations’ because I have not set any for it. I adore the books and I have no doubt in my mind that the show will stand on its own feet and only enhance the books I love so much. No. My heart is so full of love toward the people associated with this project that physically I feel a bit ill with excitement, anticipation and gratitude. After all, I’ve followed, lurked and vociferously cheered every site, group, and contact of the show.
I keep telling my friends that are filled with fear that the series will not live up to the books they are in love with; that Jamie that they have in their head will not be what they envisioned; that the whole thing will be cheesy and cheapened by ‘all the gratuitous sex’ scenes, to relax, take a deep breath and let go of the books. Lock them in your heart for only 16 weeks and give this show a chance. If you don’t like it, guess what? It’s okay. For every one person that doesn’t like it, there will be HUNDREDS that do.
A fan of the books or not, I think you should give this show a try. It is for FREE so you really have nothing to lose, and so much to gain. Like I said, I’ve glimpsed a few scenes here and there, and for my bookworms that appreciate a good, solid story filled with three-dimensional characters and plenty of adventure set in historical Scotland [think men in kilts, LOTS OF MEN!], I highly recommend you tune in and give it a go! I will and I’ll make sure to let you know if my trust in Mr. Moore has paid off.
‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon [tie in copy]
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