Friday, September 26, 2014

My Latest Obsession: Outlander

I sporadically post about my latest obsessions… Veronica MarsThe Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The White Queen, and now Outlander.

Guys, you knew it was coming….a post in which I profess my love for Outlander, the new TV show on Starz. The mid-season finale is this Saturday (say it isn't so!!!) and I am completely smitten with this show.  


Sam Heughan/Jamie (Source)
Like any good bookworm, I was at first really nervous about how the Outlander series would translate to TV.  Would they include all the parts I love? Would they capture the beauty of Scotland? Would they make the time travel look cheesy? Would it be believable? Would Sam Heughan portray my book boyfriend perfectly or would he not live up to my version of Jamie?  The questions abound.



Now that we are halfway through season one, I am happy, so happy with the portrayal.  Ronald D. Moore did a fantastic job. The music (love the opening credits especially!), the costumes, the sets, and the way it is filmed are all spectacular.  And the acting….all well done, especially Tobias Menzies.  He's definitely a great actor and made Black Jack come to life in a way that I didn't even know was possible.



And yes, there are some moments that are in the Outlander TV show that are NOT in the book.  People are always asking me how I feel about that and people seem to get their panties in a bunch over a slight change or addition. I, on the other hand, don't mind the additions if it adds and gives depth to the story and characters.  So, without giving too much away, yes, there are added scenes/plot lines, but I can say they are done very well…so far!

There are some cringe-worthy moments in Outlander, the book, and I am wondering how they will be portrayed, especially the scenes towards the end of season one, but I think they are going to be able to handle it well.  The brutal violence that I have encountered so far (poor Jamie!) did make me turn my head and cringe, but it wasn't to the point where I had to turn off my TV.


*swoon* Source
And let's talk about the wedding. Yes, the #OutlanderWedding. It had its own hashtag and people that weren't even viewers of the TV show or fans of the book were posting about it on Tumblr and Twitter.  I am loving that Outlander is capturing that much attention. I mean the above GIF is pretty swoon-worthy, right?  Last week's episode was pretty steamy. 


Claire's Wedding Dress - loved it!  (Source)
So, are you guys fans of the Outlander TV show, too? Have your read the books? How do you feel about the show and what did you think of the wedding?  Do you have any issues with casting or additions to the plot? And if you are a super fan, like me, is it everything you've hoped for? Let me know what you think!

Happy Friday,

10 comments:

  1. I wish I got Starz :(

    I was able to watch the first several episodes when I was visiting my sister. She is a fan of the show though she hasn't read the books. I can't wait to see the wedding episode. I am really tempted to sign up for cable before the rest of the season starts up and hopefully catch up on the episodes I've missed. Or I will just have to wait till I visit my sister again :)

    I think they are doing a fantastic job of adapting the show. It isn't quite Game of Thrones level but it is still really good and I think perhaps more tasteful about portraying certain things than GoT.

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    1. It will be back on in April, so try and get caught up before then! I agree. Not GoT level, but still very good. Definitely more tasteful…you are right! I'm glad you are enjoying it. Hopefully you can visit your sister again soon and get caught up! Thanks for visiting, Christina.

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  2. Christina, I have not read the Outlander books, nor have I seen the show; however, I have a running friend who LOVES them both and she talks about it all the time! :) In fact, I sent her the link to this post, via Facebook, so that she could swoon along with you. I think I may have to check these out, at some point...I love Scotland (well, the idea of Scotland, as I've never been there!) and I've heard great things about the books. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for sharing my post, Tara! I appreciate it. You need to read these books! You'll love them. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. I've not read this series, but know a lot of my friends love it. I'm glad you are loving the show. I have Starz back home, but only have a Ruko right now. I miss real tv. Oh, well, I like binge watching show anyway. Hopefully the replay all the episodes over Christmas break.

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    1. I hear you! Hopefully you can watch the episodes on demand once you get back home. You'll have to let me know your thoughts! Thanks for visiting, Natalie!

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  4. I saw people going crazy on twitter for the Outlander Wedding and I felt like I was so missing out!! This show is on mid-season break already? Seems like it just started!

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    1. Haha. You are totally missing out, Leanna! You NEED to read the book and watch the show. Yes, it's a mid-season finale. Can you believe it?!? UGH. Now you can get caught up for April! Thanks for visiting.

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  5. I'm still slowly working my way through the first book (trying to stretch it out, since I still don't have the sequel yet), and only saw the free pilot episode (which I liked). So glad you've been loving the show! I'm going to have to wait until it comes out on DVD.

    Ugh, mid-season breaks are the worst. It's like television shows enjoy torturing their viewers!

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    1. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this book, Lea! I hope you love it. And yes, it's torture waiting till April. I was hoping it would come back in the winter. Thanks for visiting!

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