'Outlander': 5 reasons to read the books before the show premieres
But now beautiful, talented actors have been cast (including Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe as the leads), a well-known and respected executive producer has been brought on ( Ron Moore) and trailers and stills of their work on location in Scotland are being released. It's really happening.
No whiny teenagers here. Claire Randall is an in-the-trenches World War II nurse who isn't going to take any guff from anyone, even when her world seriously stops making sense. She cusses, she's direct and she's smart. She's a survivor. She adapts.
She meets her match when Jamie Fraser comes into her life. He's a stubborn, strong, caring, beast of a man and watching Jamie meet Claire in the books is like the immovable object meeting the unstoppable force. That's saying nothing of the supporting cast. It's a rich tapestry of characters, who embark on thrilling, dangerous, action-packed, heartbreaking journeys that will make a heck of a TV series.
One of the most popular quotes in "Outlander" is "a Highlander in full regalia is an impressive sight -- any Highlander, no matter how old, ill-favored, or crabbed in appearance. A tall, straight-bodied and by no means ill-favored young Highlander at close range is breathtaking."
The author of the books, Diana Gabaldon, is no slouch in the brain department. She has a doctorate. She started writing the novels for fun. You'll learn a ton about history, botany, geography, archeology, languages and, most importantly, how to stab a man with a dirk.
Like her friend George R.R.Martin, who is still writing the "Game of Thrones" novels, Gabaldon is in the middle of writing the stories. Fans are still learning about these characters and circumstances. They're alive, as it were. The eighth book is being released mid-June.
Maybe you aren't the kind of person who wants to know ahead of time where the story is going. We totally respect that. But having knowledge of the source material is a fun part of on-screen adaptations. Fans of "Harry Potter" and "Game of Thrones" loved seeing the books brought to life on screen. There is something to be said for dissecting a series on the level of having an idea of your head and talking about what works, what doesn't, what's worse and what's actually better than you were picturing.
"Outlander" premieres Summer 2014 on Starz.