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Outlander: Book Series Vs. TV Series

Outlander, the book, was released approx. 20 years ago by Diana Galbaldon. Just last year Starz bought the rights to the book and created the TV series. The series has received great reviews worldwide, although non-US TV audiences are behind the US release schedule.

Questions to consider:

1. Why did it take 20 years for the book to be turned into live action? The book has a certain edginess and rawness that is unique (in my opinion) and requires an extremely strong female lead. Was TV (or film) actually capable of creating such a show before 2014?

2. What is the audience’s reception to seeing not only their favourite characters alive on the screen, but also some very graphic and unusual scenes? Episodes 15 and 16 received a lot of hype.

3. How was the story line for the TV series altered from the book in an effective way? What changes did the TV writers make that didn’t do the book justice?

  • I think that this is a really great topic! I especially love point number two! Audiences have certainly changed a lot! The ability though to incorporate detail (especially to the extent that Galbaldon incorporates in her books) also is important though I think in making the show work, and I think that it's one of the reasons why it took so long to make. It is a story that spans multiple genres, and needs to be taken seriously and made high-quality in order to do it any modicum of justice. – Xiya 5 years ago
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