Outlander, a brief intro

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It arrived unexpectedly, then all at once. The realization that there’s just one month until Outlander premieres on Starz and the romantic, dangerous and magical adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s bestseller set in Scotland will hit the TV screens. After years of waiting, Outlander is set to become the second biggest series adaptation on  television after HBO’s Game of Thrones, and here’s a brief introduction to what may hopefully be one of the biggest show of the coming season.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The novel released in 1991 is merely a few years older than me and it has been captivating hearts and minds for almost two decades. Outlander fans are a legion, and a legion that has largely remained on the outskirts of the media world, while the likes of Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games and 50 Shades grasped the spotlight.  I first got my hands on Outlander back in high school, when a friend from the US sent me over her own first edition. Years ago, when I, as an Eastern-European teenager sincerely thought that receiving a box full of books was an absolute miracle (still is!). Right there and then, I fell in love, and while some people return to favorite films, I sometimes return to the pages of Outlander series to greet the characters that I have known and cared deeply for for years.

“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done.

The novel released in 1991 is merely a few years older than me and it has been captivating hearts and minds for almost two decades. Over 20 millions of books were sold worldwide.The show is already set to have a major audience.

Outlander fans are a legion, and a legion that has largely remained on the outskirts of the media world, while the likes of Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games and 50 Shades grasped the spotlight. Like Game of Thrones, Outlander has all the potential to become a hit. The series provide a rich backdrop to the story and Diana Gabaldon’s participation (which includes even a cameo in one of the episodes) in the production leaves can only leave optimism that the adaptation would be a faithful one.

Outlander Starz

The story follows Claire, a WWII nurse who visits Scotland with her husband to rekindle the romance with her husband, whom she married just before the war tore the world apart. While visiting the ancient “standing stones” that riddle the Scottish countryside, Claire… falls back through time to the 18th century (1743, to be precise).  Claire is forced through fight her way back through passion, intrigue and Anglo-Scottish tensions that rule in the pre-Jacobite uprising times. A mixture of history, epic and romance. Basically, the feels about the series can be summarized by this:

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The 16-part show premiers on Starz on August 9, and if you haven’t seen it yet here’s your chance to have a look at the trailer:

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