Quite a few years ago I began reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I didn't finish it because I am not really a fan of sex in books.
But after a few years of having it recommended over and over I picked it up again.
This time I ended up really liking it.
When I heard that they were making it into a TV series I became very curious.
We don't have cable so I couldn't watch it on starz but I put volume one on hold at the library as soon as they had it. I have been waiting for months!
Finally this past weekend it came in and I knew I needed to watch them fast because I wouldn't be able to renew it.
So for the past five nights or so I have been watching about two episodes a night.
I really like it.
The funny thing is that Doug does too.
I didn't expect him to sit down and watch them with me but as soon as he heard the bagpipes and Scottish accents he was hooked.
(Doug is learning the bagpipes and has a Scottish heritage.)
Outlander follows Claire Randall, a woman who has been a combat nurse and has just been able to reunite and go on a second honeymoon with her husband after quite a few years apart during the war.
It is 1945 and while on their trip she is taken back in time to 1743.
She is thrown into the mix with a bunch of Scottish men and forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a young and kind man.
She is then torn between her love for two men, two marriages, two times.
First, the cast.
I don't know what others think, but I think it is perfect.
Claire is played by Caitriona Balfe.
She is stunning.
It has been a while since I have read the book and I don't remember exactly what my impression of Claire was as far as what she would look like, but I do remember what I thought she would act like and Caitriona has embodied that really well.
Jamie is played by Sam Heughan.
He is exactly what I pictured for Jamie when I read the book.
That doesn't happen very often for me but while watching I kept saying it.
"He is exactly how I pictured Jamie."
Tobias Menzies is fantastic at taking on two very different men with two very different personalities.
The rest of the cast is fantastic as well.
There wasn't a single person that I felt didn't live up to my expectations of the character they were playing.
As for the show... I was completely entertained.
And when we got to the end of the final episode of volume one (Both Sides Now) Doug and I both groaned and wanted to keep watching.
The storyline is engaging, the acting is great, the scenery is breathtaking, and as far as I can remember it seems to be following the book pretty well.
It definitely made me want to re-read as soon as possible and finish the entire series.
I like how the show makes me much more aware of what Frank is going through after the disappearance of his wife ...
but I have to say that I am still rooting for Jamie.
If you have read Outlander and liked it I think you will enjoy this show.
If you like Scottish history, landscape, and men I think you will enjoy this show.
If you like Game of Thrones you will probably like this.
But I also need to add a little warning.
It's not for all audiences.
Just like the book, there is sex and violence.
I would liken it to Game of Thrones again here. If you don't want to see a bit of both of those things, you shouldn't watch it. If it were a movie it would probably be rated R.
*Have you watched Outlander?
*Have you read Outlander?
*What are your thoughts?