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01 June 2013 @ 05:09 pm
'Outlander' Coming to TV  
Apparently, STARZ is making 'Outlander' into a TV series. I know the idea has been tossed around on and off over the years, but it seems it's for real this time. Here's hoping whoever they cast as Jamie is actually Scottish. I'm not current with young actors that might fit the role -- anyone have casting thoughts?

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mamamia1964mamamia1964 on June 2nd, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
I have my doubts that this series could ever be adequately brought alive on television. The richness of the characters, the detailed writing of both the settings as well as Claire's internal conversations, the sheer breadth of characters.....

But they did a pretty good job of bringing The Hobbit. Etc alive, so I could be wrong.
Ithithildyn on June 2nd, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Only time will tell, I guess.
Carriesparrowsverse on June 2nd, 2013 06:16 am (UTC)
So here's where I possibly date myself here, but what's Outlander? /o\
Ith: Art - Callanishithildyn on June 2nd, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
Not dating yourself, the books are still being written :) Outlander was the title of the first book and that's the overall name of the series. There's 7 so far, number 8 on the way. They're hard to classify, since it a mix of historical, time travel, romance, fantasy, science fiction.

From Amazon: The year is 1946. Claire Randall is a British ex-combat nurse on a postwar second honeymoon with her husband in the Scottish Highlands. Walking alone one afternoon, she passes through a circle of standing stones and is hurled back in time to a Scotland simmering with war in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into an intrigue of rival clans and rising armies that threatens her life, she’s obliged to wed James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, as the only way to survive

They're awesome books, though I never made it past 6. I really like the 1st ones best. One of the things I love about the series is that it deals with what happens when you try to change the future.
valihavaliha on June 2nd, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
Oh god, yuck. I will never ever read or watch anything by Gabaldon after her comparing fanfiction writers to people breaking into her house (her novels) and doing perverse things to her children (her characters). And especially since, according to people who have actually read her stuff, she based one of her characters on one from Doctor Who.
Ith: Art - Ring of Brodgar  Orkneyithildyn on June 2nd, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
I love her books, but the Doctor Who thing must have gone right past me. Had never heard that before. Like actors who seem to think I care about their political views, I try and ignore the personal stuff from authours, or I'd never read or watch anything ever again :D
valihavaliha on June 3rd, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
I usually don't pay attention to personal stuff as well, but this was so infuriating - she belittled people in three posts on a writer's forum, and when fan writers responded politely with explanations of why they write, she didn't much like their replies, at which point her friends showed up to offend people even more, and when she got called on comparing rape to fanfiction, she got insulted and deleted the whole thing. There are screencaps around - though honestly, it's just better to stay away and not spoil your enjoyment of her work.
Ithithildyn on June 3rd, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, I remember it, I just didn't get involved, delve into the details. I did unsub from her email list, so I didn't have to read about it 24/7. She's not nearly as nutty as the Anita Blake authour. LKH fandom seemed to be a constant drama there for years due to shenanigans :D
Fidesfides on June 3rd, 2013 09:19 am (UTC)
She was the one who kicked off the last 'fan fiction is evil' kuffule. A few years ago now, thankfully (which sadly means we are probably due for another one). I really enjoyed her Lord John short stories but the novel-length one didn't sit we'll with me and then the kuffule so...

But, yeah, her hero she was inspired by Jamie McCrimmon (played by Frazer Hines) the Second Doctor's Scottish companion.
Ithithildyn on June 3rd, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
Hmm, don't see much similarity between the two - other than the name and where they're from. That's probably why it never pinged me as I was reading. Thanks for the info :)
lillie: bookslilliew on June 2nd, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
That's cool. HBO did fairly well with the casting of Game of Thrones, so perhaps they will do something similar, with not-as-well known actors (at least to the U.S.). But yes, a tall, red-headed Scot would be yummy! Wonder if they can find a similar good actress for Claire.
Ithithildyn on June 3rd, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
I hope they keep Claire being older, and don't cast some 18 year old model type for the role.
I will call her George: Happy Dancestrangevisitor7 on June 3rd, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
I know that they talked about Gerry Butler in the role almost a decade ago - which would have been awesome. I have no idea who might work today - and I read teh first books so long ago (I only read 2 and I don't know why I stopped now that I think about it) I don't remember what Jamie is supposed to look like
Ithithildyn on June 3rd, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
I have no clue as to who would be a good choice. All the picks I had from a decade ago are now far too old.