I can barely contain my excitement that the Outlander series on Starz, starts next Saturday, August 9th. My love for this series of books started many years ago when I read the first book, Outlander when I was on vacation in Florida and has only become stronger, as each of the eight books have been published. To see these characters brought to life will be amazing. And from the previews I have seen, they have done a wonderful job telling a unique story that involves time travel and much historical accuracy.
It is always interesting to see characters you only once imagined, brought to life and it can be a tricky business to get things right. Imagine Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler as anyone other than Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable and you will understand what I mean. The millions who read these books, all have a picture of Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp in their mind, me included. And for me, these two unknown actors look exactly like I imagined them to be.
To me, this is Jamie, come to life, with strong, handsome features and of course, that red hair. He is tall, broad shouldered and since the actor is a Scot, the brogue is perfect.
Claire looks like I always pictured her, with curly hair and a beautifully English complexion. She is delicate looking, but that is a facade, since she is strong, resourceful and very intelligent.
Soon, this wonderful romance will be brought to life and all the characters as well as Castle Leoch, Lallybroch and the beautiful Scottish countryside will be seen right on our television screens. To make things even more exciting, one of my friends is organizing some viewing parties for those of us in my book club who love the Outlander books, as I do. It will be interesting to discuss the show's treatment of the book with others who are Outlander fans.
I can't wait :-)