Friday, August 1, 2014

OUTLANDER free preview starts August 2nd!

More information from STARZ about the free preview of Episode 101 ("Sassenach"), which will be available starting August 2.  (This is for US viewers only.)

Please note that it says this will start at midnight local time. I don't plan to stay up tonight to watch <g>, but I will certainly be watching first thing Saturday morning!  I can't wait!

OUTLANDER is coming to the Netherlands!

OUTLANDER is coming to the Netherlands!

I don't speak Dutch, but I believe this article says that HBO will be showing OUTLANDER in the Netherlands starting on August 11.

Please help spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested. Thanks!

For more information about the OUTLANDER TV series, including a list of countries that will be showing the series, see my FAQ page here.

July poll results

Here are the results of the July poll: "How long have you been reading Diana Gabaldon's books?"
  • 19.49% - Since OUTLANDER was first published.
  • 15.33% - 5-10 years
  • 15.17% - 15-20 years
  • 12.96% - 10-15 years
  • 12.58% - 2-5 years
  • 10.21% - 20+ years
  • 5.4% - 1-2 years
  • 4.54% - Less than 6 months
  • 3.51% - 6 months to 1 year
  • 0.16% - I read excerpts of her work on Compuserve before OUTLANDER was published.
  • 0.11% - I don't remember.
  • 0.54% - Other
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • since it was published in paperback in UK as Cross Stitch
  • Only since last November, but have read ALL 4X
  • suggested by the librarian, was totally hooked
  • 1st book 4 yrs ago, series this year, now have read all published works. Twice.
  • I don't think I've read any at all
  • 3 years - read all 3 times and listened to first 4 too.
  • Four years over and over and over and over
  • about 9 months, read all of them incl Lord John books, love him too. can't wait
  • The original outlander... In fell apart!
  • re-read many
There were 1852 responses to this poll, which I think is a new record! Thanks very much to everyone who participated.

I admit to being rather startled that 30% of the respondents have been reading Diana's books for at least 20 years.  By comparison, I'm a relative newcomer to the series. <g> I found OUTLANDER in November, 2006. (My story is here, if you're interested.)

Please take a moment to vote in the August poll, which asks the question, "Would you go through the stones, if you could?" Thanks!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

OUTLANDER is coming to New Zealand!

Great news today for OUTLANDER fans in New Zealand!

The OUTLANDER TV series will be shown in New Zealand on a new service called LightboxTV that is launching in August.  Look here for details.  Please help spread the word to anyone you may know in New Zealand. Thanks!

We have no information yet on the premiere date for OUTLANDER in NZ, but I will post here as soon as I hear anything.

For more information about the OUTLANDER TV series, see my FAQ page here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Video of SDCC panel discussion

Here's the video of the panel discussion from SDCC,with Diana Gabaldon, Ron Moore, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, and Lotte Verbeek.

It's about 53 minutes long, including the trailer video at the beginning, and I thought it was fantastic!

[UPDATE 7/28/2014 5:24 am] Note to people outside the US: if the video above doesn't work for you, try this:

Part 1
Part 2

The actors all look like they're having such a good time, and they obviously get along very well together.  I had not heard Graham or Lotte talk about their impressions of the show before, and I thought that was very interesting.  I enjoyed hearing Ron Moore talk about the series.  And Diana's comment at 37:38 ("Are there things you didn't put in the book?  Yeah, I thought of one just yesterday.") made me laugh out loud.

I think Tobias will get better at this. He seemed shy and a little nervous (Diana said on Compuserve  that he was jet-lagged and exhausted), but I thought what he said about BOTH his characters was interesting.

If you haven't seen this video, I would definitely recommend it!

For more information about the OUTLANDER TV series, see my FAQ page here.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

OUTLANDER opening title sequence!

Here's the long-awated opening title sequence for the OUTLANDER TV series!

I like it very much!  It's visually interesting, promising lots of action, in a variety of different settings.  I like that they included a bit of 18th century medicine (I actually flinched the first time I saw that needle piercing flesh <g>). So many wonderful little details: Frank's car, the stag, that close-up view of a dirk, the dancers at Craigh na Dun.... just like Diana's books, there are so many details here that you can't take it all in at once! <g> So I find myself watching it over and over again.

The song is hauntingly beautiful, and very fitting. The STARZ press release calls it
an arrangement of the “Skye Boat Song” by Emmy-award winning composer Bear McCreary featuring the vocals of songstress Raya Yarbrough.
I'm familiar with "The Skye Boat Song", but I'd never heard these lyrics before. Sort of a modern (but not TOO modern!) take on a traditional Scottish tune.  And it's definitely a catchy tune, a melody that sticks in your head long after you hear it. In a good way. <vbg>

I give this opening title sequence an enthusiastic THUMBS UP!! What about the rest of you?

More OUTLANDER trailers!

Some of you may have seen these OUTLANDER trailers before. I had not. (I'm finding it all but impossible to keep up with the flood of new photos and videos these days!)

Official Trailer

Journey Trailer



Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! <g> For more information about the OUTLANDER TV series, see my FAQ page here.