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 on “Risking The Ire Of Outlander Fans

  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.

    • 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. Starkadder

    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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