I usually have my blog posts drafted well in advance, but yesterday I was still stuck for something to write about for today’s post. Casting about for ideas, I asked myself, what am I excited about today? The first thing that came to mind was the most recent installment of Outlander that I was looking forward to watching.
I’ve been a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander series for years, ever since my friend sent me a copy of the first book, raving that it had the best-written love scenes she’d ever read (I can’t disagree). For those who aren’t familiar with it, Outlander is the story of Claire Randall, a 1940s English nurse who walks into an ancient stone circle in Scotland and slips back in time two hundred years. She’s desperate to return to her own time until she falls for a chivalrous Jacobite outlaw. The quality of Gabaldon’s writing, the historical detail and the gripping storyline hooked me and compelled me to keep picking up the next volume (daunting as it is to start a thousand-page book when you are a busy working mom). Who could resist Jamie Fraser, the highland hunk who expresses his feelings more eloquently and more often than any man in history?
Having watched the first four episodes, I’m not disappointed in the TV adaptation. The actors portraying Claire and Jamie believably represent the characters that readers have come to know and love. All the little details, from the costumes and music to the misty highland scenery, make every minute a treat to watch.
Are you an Outlander fan and if so, what do you think of the TV series?
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