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"Outlander" appears to be a romance novel more than anything but is "filled with adventure, religion, and human conscience." Unfortunately this sounds a bit too emotional for my own tastes.
"Diana Gabaldon has a true gift for understanding human emotion and translating it for the rest of us to understand." Nothing actually wrong with that, I'm just not interested in seeing a romantic 18th century adventure on the big screen.
But I know women that have followed it since it's beginning, more than 17 years ago. While the romance between Claire and Jamie is the focal point of the story, there's a lot of action, wars (the Battle of Culloden in particular..Scotland tries to break free from England), and it really beautifully describes what Scotland was like in the 1700's.
If directed well, I believe this movie could be huge. And add in the mysticsm aspect of the story (how Claire mysteriously falls back in time 200 yrs after finding a circle of stones while walking through a Scottish forest in the 1940's) and it'll hook a lot of people. The story gets really good as the books progress, especially when Claire leaves, then returns back in time 20 yrs later (man I cried when they reunited)...then they go to America and became patriots in the Independence War.
No director has been chosen yet, although the screenplay is currently out to filmmakers.
The series, which began in 1991 with the novel "Outlander", tells the story of Claire Randall, the time-traveling wife of an 18th century Scottish Highlander named Jamie.
10 First, its been optioned before, as a TV mini-series but the option expired.
The history surrounding the Scottish clans, the politically charged and divided environment over who is the rightful king (think Braveheart), the fight scenes with Scots and claymores, a great English Red Coat villain, lots of wit and humor, folklore, time travel, etc. I'm surprised the author hasn't mentioned anything on her website. You just might be surprised: hunting, boating, fighting, science, horses, pirates, politics, women, Indians, wars, gambling, history, camping; one of those things should grab your interest, right? There is a ready-made audience and I'm sure a well made movie will do very well. I can't imagine how the entire series could be compressed into just one movie and not diminish the detailed writing.
I have read this series many times and will continue to do so. If you make the movie, take your time, spend the money, preserve the story, and don't botch it! I would like to say he would make a really good Jamie.
It will be exciting to see what the producers come up with and how they decide to write the screenplay.
I think in the end men and women will both be able to enjoy this movie.Enjoying them again, in audiobook so I can do it at work, and now news of the movie. 18 Okay first off I would like to say that this series of stories is a god send, it got me hooked into looking at my own Scottish heritage and loving it all the more.