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If you are a fan of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

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  • mamommamom 3705 replies24 threads Senior Member
    I am sure it will be streaming on Netflix or amazon at some point in time. Not sure how long the delay is though. I know I got sucked into watching the first couple seasons of Newsroom originally shown on HBO. Then when the current season finished, it was never released on Amazon or Netflix or DVD. I gave up several month ago looking for it. :(
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  • SnowdogSnowdog 2206 replies37 threads Senior Member
    I think the new book is okay too. Although she could dial back on the grandparent hottie sex at this point in my opinion. With regard to the series, the actors are not as I pictured the characters, but then they never are. ...I still canst accept Emma Watson as Hermoine Granger ;)
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  • scholarmescholarme 2674 replies79 threads Senior Member
    I usually wait for premium cable tv series to come out on Netflix or on dvd (which I then rent from our county library).
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  • Nrdsb4Nrdsb4 18103 replies164 threads Senior Member
    Okay, I just watched the first free episode. Unfortunately, my cable service doesn't even offer Starz!

    I found the Jamie actor to be quite appealing. :) He's not as tall as described in the book, though, which takes a little bit away from him, I think, and where are Claire's golden eyes?

    Criticism aside, I really want to see the series. Got to figure out a way!
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  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom 3980 replies79 threads Senior Member
    My DH and I are enjoying the series on Starz. I am currently reading one of the books (maybe the 4th or 5th one??I read it on Kindle, so don't always remember the name…) and I really like it. I think as the characters age there is much less focus on the "steamy" sex.

    I was thinking that the series might be panned by the critics, but to the contrary I have read several very positive reviews, particularly pointing out the fact that YES there are "sex scenes"…but it's unusual and notable there is a very strong female protagonist who is most definitely not portrayed as a victim. The articles I read compared the Outlander TV series to Game of Thrones (on HBO) which, as any viewer will tell you, has a LOT of sex and nudity….almost always from the perspective of men being in control. One review (in Variety) put it this way:
    Rape is a constant threat as a consequence of the time, yet Claire is never presented as a helpless victim, nor are female bodies in the series used purely for titillation. The sex is steamy, but equal opportunity (if anything, the camera is far more apt to linger on Heughan, a magnetic force of nature who grows more compelling as more of Jamie’s backstory is revealed). Women are still treated as chattel and chess pieces by the men of the period, but by giving its female characters voices, intellect and agency (a novel concept!), “Outlander” illustrates that female protagonists don’t need to be brutalized in order to give them strength, nor to emphasize the stakes of the world they inhabit.

    The other thing I really love about this series is the music by Bear McCreary. This guy is such a genius and I love reading his blog, in which he breaks down each episode scene by scene, describing why and how he scored the particular scene, even often showing musical notation for the particular themes he has used as well as the instrumentation chosen. I first found him while watching Battlestar Galactica and found his blog for that series to be beyond amazing. Just do a google search for his name and you will easily find his website and blog if you are interested.
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  • Nrdsb4Nrdsb4 18103 replies164 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2014
    I found out that my cable company does indeed offer starz, but as I'm on a major driving road trip coming back from the east to Texas (1200 mile drive by myself), I ordered it online, then watched the first two episodes on my laptop. I am now in Little Rock for the night, and plan to watch more tonight.

    So far, they seem to be very well done and true to the book. :)
    edited August 2014
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  • Nrdsb4Nrdsb4 18103 replies164 threads Senior Member
    Another thought-I wonder how the critics will react to the...uh...darker themes which weave throughout the series. I wonder if those themes will in fact remain true to the book.
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  • scholarmescholarme 2674 replies79 threads Senior Member
    I do love how strong Claire is throughout the book series - not perfect, sometimes pigheaded, wrong, occasionally petty - but always strong. She's one of my favorite fictional characters.
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  • bookwormbookworm 9289 replies74 threads Senior Member
    I don't find the TV person as strong as I'd like. I guess I pictured a younger G. Margulies for the part.
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  • SnowdogSnowdog 2206 replies37 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2014
    ^ Me too bookworm. The Claire actress is a little too prim and proper looking I think.

    Personally I think Game of Thrones is terrible. It reminds me of the cheesy double features we went to as kids. I tried but gave up after 4 or 5 episodes. This is far more interesting.

    The Geillis Duncan character is good and I agree they are being fairly faithful to the first book so far which is nice.
    edited August 2014
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  • bookwormbookworm 9289 replies74 threads Senior Member
    Snowdog, yes, I agree. I just wish Claire and Jaimie characters had more charisma.
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  • Lafalum84Lafalum84 7382 replies150 threads Senior Member
    I, too, had pictured Julianna Marguilles as I read the books!
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  • bookwormbookworm 9289 replies74 threads Senior Member
    She is the epitome of a beautiful, erotic, smart actress.
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  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom 3980 replies79 threads Senior Member
    I am enjoying hearing the gaelic actually spoken…never have heard the audiobooks, which would be great for that reason.

    With that in mind, I found a nifty website where someone whose husband is actually a Scottish Highlander did recordings of various phrases used a lot in the books. It was pretty great. I think it's against TOS to link to it here, but for real if you just search for "gaelic pronunciation in Outlander", you will find it. :)
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  • Nrdsb4Nrdsb4 18103 replies164 threads Senior Member
    Some fictional characters are just so compelling, there's no way to satisfy all the readers when it is translated to film. No matter WHO they cast, there would be someone on here complaining about it.

    Exception might be Vivien Leigh. She really looked very much like the description of Scarlett in the novel, with her cat shaped vivid green eyes and incredible spirit. Can you imagine that role played by any of the other actresses we now know were in contention for the role?
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  • PackMomPackMom 7650 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Are DH and I the only ones here who have trouble deciphering Jamie's words? I've read all the books so that helps some but still can't catch them all.
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  • Nrdsb4Nrdsb4 18103 replies164 threads Senior Member
    I have had trouble understanding many of the characters.
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  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom 3980 replies79 threads Senior Member
    I have trouble understanding them as well. Hence my reference to the website that goes into pronunciation of the gaelic phrases. Ye ken?
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  • coronax2coronax2 984 replies61 threads Senior Member
    If you're having trouble understanding the Scottish accents, I've found that closed captioning is very helpful.
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  • college_querycollege_query 4465 replies362 threads Senior Member
    I found a hilarious website/blog. Search for "things my husband says during Outlander". She watches each episode herself first, then watches with her chatty spouse and shares his entertaining comments.

    Another very interesting website belongs to Terry Dresbach, who does the costumes and is married to Ron Moore, the (producer? Director?) of the show.

    I predict it won't be long before you see people wearing Claire's knit neckwear!
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