Series: Outlander #1
Also in this series: Outlander Cross Stitch (TV Tie In), An Echo In The Bone, Voyager
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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life . . . and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire . . . and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Welcome to my Outlander Obsession. What started off as chatting with the girls about how excited I am over the Outlander books and TV Series has turned into a minor indulgence here on EDGy. I’m counting the weeks to April, 2016 when the second season of Outlander returns to our screens. The term to describe the current waiting period I stumbled across is Droughtlander. I cracked up, it is so apt!
Outlander is dark and there are times I cringe at the violence being shown on the screen but the beauty of the story far outweighs the horror. The harsh aspects to the life in the 1700s bring out the strength of the characters and add a depth of the story.
Rarely have I found a book and film / TV series that complement each other so well. Having succumbed to the lure of the trailer for Season 1 of the Outlander TV Series, I purchased the first episode on iTunes, watched it then immediately signed up to receive the rest of the series. Faced with an eternal wait between the airing of episode 8 and 9, I sustained myself through the first Droughtlander hiatus by reading on in the Outlander series. I was hooked. On one hand I was delighted to find there were a plethora of books to delve into then realised that I would end up ahead of the TV Series. Obsession overruled and I am now up to the eighth book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, which I am trying not to reach for as long as possible. I might add being ahead of the story has in no way spoilt my reading or viewing experience.
I’m rambling and really should get down to what I want to share. The series is so much more than a Highlander romance, the scenery is breathtaking, the costumes shown in the trailer for Season 2 are amazing and the chemistry between Jamie and Claire is unquestionably believable. Even off-screen and out of character their interviews highlights the obvious ease in which they work together.
What better way to fill my time than go back to the beginning of what’s been released so far on film and watch the episodes all over again.
What set me off on a two+ month build up to Season 2 here? Well I had been researching a wee bit on Pinterest and have set up an Outlander Board. I soon discovered all the other Outlander Boards out there and will admit to collecting quite a few pins. It’s a good place to spend your time and see what all the fuss is about 🙂
The latest catalyst was without a doubt, hearing Jamie read an introduction to Robert Burn’s Ae Fond Kiss. His voice is mesmerising, not sure if it’s the accent or the seduction in his voice…Maybe best you listen to the 15 seconds of this recording and decide for yourself.
This week I decided to return to the beginning and watched the first two episodes from season 1:
Sassenach – Claire’s returned from France as a WW1 Army nurse and travels to Scotland to embark on a honeymoon with her husband Frank. It is here that Claire first sees the stones at Craigh na Dun and travels back in time to the 1700’s. Confusion and clarity become one as it dawns on Claire what has happened and she uses her intuitive skills and knowledge to survive in hope she can get back to the stones, returning to her life in the 20th century.
Castle Leoch – Now a guest of himself, Colum MacKenzie at Castle Leoch, she is treated with suspicion and cautious respect. Mrs Fitz made me smile so much in this episode, well apart from Jamie and Claire of course. A touching and moving beginning to the series.
I’ll be sure to add more over the following weeks to help ease the wait!
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