Outliers; Outlander

You ever have that moment where you can’t decide if you want to write about one thing or something else? That’s me, right now. So instead of picking one, I’m going to write about both and I apologize in advance if it’s too messy for you to follow along,

The daily prompt word today is outlier. An outlier is a person or thing situated or detached from the main body or system.

Now I’m reading this and thinking to myself that aren’t we all outliers in some form or fashion? I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase “take a walk in someone else’s shoes” which is usually in regard to someone saying something completely ignorant about a topic in conversation. In the nicest way possible I say this, the phrase is dumb. I mean that in a sense that you never really can walk in someone else’s shoes. We try to understand a situation from someone else’s perspective and then compare it to our own and automatically find some fault in why that person is wrong. Like deep down there’s no way that there is not a simple answer or solution to this situation. Asking ourselves why can’t this person see that? Why don’t they understand me? Am I the outlier today or you? Then it just comes down to changing the subject to more neutral ground or silence and pretend neither body said any of what they just said. Agree to disagree right? What else can you do? I have my reasons why you’ll never know what my shoes feel like just like I will never know what your shoes feel like. And maybe that’s for the best? Who knows.

Let’s talk about Outlander (see what I did there?).

Seriously though. Have you SEEN this show??? I watched it when it first aired and then for one reason or another it got put on the back burner. Around that time I had read the first and second book as well. Then I gave up after that because that second book dragged forever. It was good, but it dragged. I think there’s 9 books in the series? I can’t remember. Here’s my general synopsis of this show. It’s the year 1945ish and you have a woman, Claire, who is newlywed to a man, Frank and they’re starting their new life together. I should mention here that this airs on Starz so if you are not a fan of nudity and some graphic content, this isn’t the show for you. Anyway, Claire and Frank are those really happy couple, living in their new house, having lots of sex and just generally being happily married. Frank decides to look into his history and comes across records of Red Coat ancestor. He’s quite intrigued and decides to dig a little deeper and all these nuggets of information he stumbles upon along the way he shares with Claire. One day they go to visit a site where an important battle took place. The name of the battle escapes at the moment but his ancestor was said to be at this battle. At the site there are these stones that really don’t represent anyway but Claire gets drawn to one of them and the minute she touches one she gets transported back in time 200 years! She’s super confused and starts walking in a certain direction and encounters the very ancestor that Frank was discussing in the future, Black Jack Randall. Naturally, they’re spitting images of each other and Claire mistakes Black Jack for Frank. Well Black Jack is NOTHING like Frank. He’s actually a very cruel man. Enter Jamie Fraser who saves her from basically being brutalized by Black Jack because she’s English and they’re in Scotland and England and Scotland didn’t get along well at that time. Jamie ends up taking a huge liking to Claire and decides he wants this “sassenach”. That’s basically the derogatory term for the English but he turns it sexy. (He’s so gorgeous with his accent and his red hair and his eyes and his kilt and his everything…..!) Claire having no idea how or when she’ll ever get back to 1945 ends up adapting to 1745 and falls in love with Jamie. The show basically progresses with her being conflicted about her feelings constantly because she’s in love with two men in two different times and dealing with Frank’s ancestor which sort of changes her view on the future Frank and then let’s throw in a suspected witch for good measure and you have a freaking phenomenal show!

I started it last Saturday. I’m obsessed. I try not to binge especially for shows with episodes that are 60 minutes long each but I can’t stop! I’m in season 2 now and the only reason I took a break is because I received an ARC and had to read and review it ASAP. I cannot wait to finish this season because I know the new one is coming up in a few months here. I’ve contemplated going back and continuing the books but we’ll see. It takes some serious stamina to read a 800+ page book you know?

 

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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6 thoughts on “Outliers; Outlander

  1. I’m going to have to try the show. Like you, I couldn’t finish the books. I got to the third one and never made it to the end. I kept thinking I SHOULD read it, but I couldn’t do it. But maybe the show is a little more lively. Thanks for the review!

    • The show is MUCH more lively and pretty accurate to the books. Once you start you won’t be able to stop, trust me and you’re in for an emotional rollercoaster all over again!

  2. I appreciate you trying to explain “Outlander” , the show and the books.. For those of us who are TRUE fans, however, many of the “facts” are incorrect. Thankfully, Diana Gabaldon (author) and Ron D. Moore (show runner) follow historical facts more accurately.. and RDM follows DG’s books with as much accuracy as the screen will allow… BUT, as I said.. appreciation for the attempt is definitely here.. I could go line by line and correct the post, but I’ll just enjoy reading ALL of the books and watching ALL of the episodes, yet another time, After reading the entire set of books around 7 to 10 times and watching all of the episodes a minimum of .. I won’t even tell that!! That’s how many times I’ve watched.. I am only one of a great fandom and many of us have become good friends and great acquaintances through our love of the books and show. Hopefully, you’ll read the books and not look for any “boring” moments.. There aren’t any for those who desire every small tidbit about the amazing characters and the lives that they live.. BTW “Voyager” (third book) is the favorite of the eight books for many fans. Not reading the entire book is a sacrilege to us!! (almost) LOL When we finish a book, we are left wanting Much More. Thousands of fans would be willing to read thousands of pages in each book!!

    • Oh wow. I meant no offense so I hope you didn’t take it that way. I finished book 1 and 2 it was just an overload of information and I found it hard to keep up. There will always be people who like show versions of books more than the books themselves. It can’t be helped. I know Diana Gabaldon consults for the show so she must like it as well. I’m glad you are a great fan and I hope my post doesn’t take away from your love of all things Outlander​ 😊.

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