I only discovered the Outlander series last year and in about a month, read all seven very long books. I have been obsessed with them ever since and have already re-read them again. There is so much to say it's hard to formulate exactly what I want to say.
Hands down, this is the best series I have ever read. The characters of Claire and Jamie are two of my favorites (if not my favorites). It's hard to describe the books as they do not fit neatly into one genre. There is romance, history, time travel - the list goes on.
Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic writer. She has not only written some of the best characters (not only Jamie and Claire, the books are loaded with unforgettable characters), she weaves an intricate plot line into the books that sometimes carry over to the next book. Instead of being bored or losing interest, it's a heart pounding read and I found myself staying up until the wee hours on many a night to find out what happens.
Loaded with historical detail they are well-researched and filled with little gems.
Anyway, yesterday Diana posted an article on to her Facebook page announcing Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to the Outlander series to turn them into a cable tv show (think HBO, Showtime etc). Not just Outlander, but the entire series of books.
I am really excited with this news. There has been talk of an Outlander movie in the past but I was always skeptical. I'm not a big fan of movies adapted from books, I think most of the time the book gets butchered, although there are a few exceptions.
Anyway, the contracts still have to be signed but it sounds like a deal! I think this is fantastic and could really work, although casting will be absolutely crucial. It is going to be really tough to find the perfect Jamie Fraser out there, not to mention all of the other characters. I look at shows like True Blood, Game of Thrones and Dexter, all adapted from best-selling books and their popularity and I have high hopes for Outlander. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. Stay tuned for more details.
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