Risking The Ire Of Outlander Fans

Caitriona Balfe as Claire Beauchamp Randal in Outlander
Our very own Caitriona Balfe as Claire Beauchamp Randal in Outlander, in a scene that reminds me very much of the 1980s’ music video below…

Scottish blogger Tocasaid has cast a cold eye over the Anglo-American television adaptation of the genre-defying Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, and drawn the wrath of fans everywhere. Personally I like time-travelling tropes (Julian’s May quadrilogy, Saga of the Exiles, remains one of my favourite SF series) however what little I know of Outlander – the novel and TV show – leaves me somewhat disinterested. That said, never judge a book by its cover so I shall probably search out the dramatization online and give it a go. At least once.

As an aside. Is bodach beag a’ bhàta really a euphemism for the clitoris?!

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3 comments

  1. You should. Even if you just read the first book in the series, you’d be well served by having your own opinion on the matter, I think. For what it’s worth, Outlander is one of my favorite series I have ever read. I admit I have never watched the show, I just don’t have a TV and prefer watching stuff with other people, rather than by myself. So, if someone has cast Jamie Fraser as looking cleaner and anachronistic, I’ll be the first to say that’s a shame. But I agree with the commenters on the blog you’ve linked to, don’t trust the misrepresentation of a great story.

    1. Oh, I think I shall give the TV series a go, and if I like, try the book. I agree with your points but I enjoy Tocasaid’s tongue-in-cheek, frequently iconoclastic style so I thought I’d link to it. I’m sure there are many books and authors that I would defend with equal passion as those who love Outlander 😉

  2. I’ve got to disagree (politely) with Mr. Tocasiad.
    “Outlander” is a marvellous series, superbly acted and shot. And don’t be put off by the historical-romance aura-this vision of the past is every bit as gritty as “Vikings” or “Rome”. Yes, there is a bit of sex in the show, but it’s
    hardly “soft p*rn” -it usually occurs as part of the character development
    of the heroine.
    I actually tuned into the first RTE showing of Outlander outta curiosity, (as I have an interest in Scottish history), and ended up not only watching the whole show but also taping eps for my mother, who also watched it and is now a fan.

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