Finally, a Date

I thought I would switch gears a little this morning and pimp another book besides mine.  I’ve mentioned it before on this blog, but the “Outlander” series by Diana Gabeldon is being made into a TV series by Starz.

In case I haven’t badgered you already about the books, I’ll do that now.  “Outlander” is the best romance of the 20th century.  But it is so much more than a romance novel.  There is time travel, and detailed history, and druids and fairies and a boat load of interesting characters that are woven into a complex story that spans seven (very soon to be eight) books.  This author will blow your mind with her ability to manage so many complex story lines simultaneously.  

And now, we will have a TV series based on these books.  Yesterday Starz finally announced that the series will premier on August 9th.  I will be unavailable most of that day and part of the next (planned Outlander hangover).  We cray-cray fans have been given lots of pre-release press and I can report that the cinematography is stunning, the series is sticking very closely to the books and the two lead actors are yummy (and they have a fantastic chemistry together).

A hot couple with loads of chemistry – squeee!

 For those who are not fans (yet), you might think I’m bringing this up too far in advance.  We have an entire summer of vacations and keeping kids out of trouble between now and then.  I’m telling you now so you can read the book(s) before the series.  

Although it looks like director Ronald Moore is doing an amazing job, there is no way to capture all the details of the book in the series.  There will always be so much going on in the minds of characters that cannot be translated to film (at least not without the cheezy voice-over).  

A few warnings about the first book:  1) it’s huge.  Don’t let that deter you. It will suck you in and when you finish it you will be jonesing for more. 2) You will be jonesing for more.  I can attest that once you start, things like feeding your family will become a nuisance that keeps you from reading. 3) for some, it starts slow.  If you aren’t a history buff, the “Frank” part in the beginning will drag.  Hang on ’til there is a wedding.  Once you get there you will either be completely hooked or you should bail because it just isn’t for you.  

Once you are hooked you can join a world of other fanatic fans – like me!  For those who jump on the bandwagon today, you’re welcome. I’m happy to pass along my insider tip.

Outlandish Fun!

I wasn’t sure when I was going to post about this, because it is a loooong ongoing event, but today I want to share so anyone and everyone who reads my blog can get in on the fun.  

The cable channel Starz has started production on a series called “Outlander.”  It is based on an ongoing book series by Diana Gabledon that is indescribably good.  The series will air next year, probably in the fall, but the world is already buzzing about it.  

So, to get you all in the loop, let me back up to the start of my Outlander story (abridged edition).  
I found the book when I was looking for better romance novels.  If you google ‘best romance novel ever’ you will get a lot of lists — “Outlander” is on almost every one.  

My library had a copy (actually several) because the book has been around since 1991 and developed a huge following.  I’ll tell you now, this is a BIG book (896 pages).  Don’t let that scare you.  I got so caught up in the book that 896 wasn’t enough pages.  It also started kind of slow for me.  I liked it, but I didn’t fall in love with it right away.  When I recommend the book now I always tell people to hang on till the wedding.  If they don’t like it after that, then give up because you never will, BUT, chances are you will be hooked.  

Then you can really join the crazy.  There are website, book clubs, tours of Scotland and now, the series!!  You won’t have to read the book(s) to love the series.  Unlike those poor crazed souls over at the “50 Shades” film, this production has done everything right to take a beloved book and turn it into film.  The author and the fans have been part of the fun since the beginning.  Casting has done an amazing job on a nearly impossible task — there were a few whiners, but it looks like the majority (including me) are completely sold on the actors who will bring these characters to life.  

Jamie and Claire – filming on the series in Scotland

Now is the perfect time to start on the book if you want to read it before the series.  And I am recommending that you do.  Although the series will follow the book very closely, there are some elements that just can’t be translated to film, what characters are thinking is the biggest one.  For those of you who do get hooked, you are welcome and I’m sorry — because “Outlander” is only book one.  The series is currently seven books long with another due in early 2014.  And they are all really, really long, and they are all really, really addictive.  Once you start you hate to put them down.  Things like eating and sleeping and your family become distractions that keep you away from your books.