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It Wasn’t Broken

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Outlander just came back for season 4 in November.  And because I love the books and the TV show, I have a problem. 

So Why “Fix” it?

You know the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?”  Well, I kind of feel like that’s what’s happened with the TV show.

The first two seasons of the show followed the books almost exactly; it was really fun to see all the details from the books, and I was proud of the creators for wanting to get things right and not just running away to do whatever they wanted with it.

The third season was pretty true to the books as well.  But this season, something is off.  They seem to be changing everything.  All the important parts that make up the main story are still there, of course, but being the kind of fan that I am, I was looking forward to certain details that were nowhere to be found.

I understand that TV and movies have to change some things to make the story work for a visual medium, and they do consult the author of the books, Diana Gabaldon.  In fact, she’s the first name in the credits of the episode every week as “Consultant”.  She even wrote an episode for season 2.  But lately, I feel like she’s a consultant only in name, so that the creators can try and cover their butts if and when people complain about accuracy or whatever.  How can she let them get away with changing the details that fans, such as myself, look forward to?  I’d like some answers, people.  You know who you are.

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Written in my own Heart’s Blood

1778:  France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington’s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit.  At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married Claire, Jamie’s wife; his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is; and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker.  Meanwhile, Claire and Jenny, Jamie’s sister, are busy picking up the pieces.

The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland.  Or not.  In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets.  Her husband Roger has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy … never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present.  Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target:  Brianna herself.

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An Echo in the Bone

Jamie Fraser is an eighteenth-century Highlander, an ex-Jacobite traitor, and a reluctant in the American Revolution.  His wife, Claire Randall Fraser, is a surgeon – from the twentieth century.  What she knows of the future compels him to fight.  What she doesn’t know may kill them both.

With one foot in America and one foot in Scotland, Jamie and Claire’s adventure spans the Revolution, from sea battles to print shops, as their paths cross with historical figures from Benjamin Franklin to Benedict Arnold.

Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, their daughter Brianna and her husband experience the unfolding drama of the Revolutionary War through Claire’s letters.  But the letters can’t warn them of the threat that’s rising out of the past to overshadow their family.

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A Breath of Snow and Ashes

It is 1772, the eve of the American Revolution, and the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit.  Governor Josiah Martin calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown.  But there is one problem:  Jamie Fraser’s wife, Claire, is a time-traveler, as well as his daughter and son-in-law.  And Jamie knows that three years hence, the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the end of it all will be independence – with those loyal to the king either dead or in exile.  Beyond everything else, though, looms the threat of a tiny clipping from the Wilmington Gazette dated 1776, which reports the destruction of the house on Fraser’s Ridge and the death by fire of James Fraser and all his family.

For once, Jamie Fraser hopes the time-travelers in his family are wrong about the future – but only time will tell

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A Letter to Outlander

The following is a letter to Diana Gabaldon and some of the cast and crew of Outlander:  The Series on Starz.

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Les Frasers Know What’s Up 

While reading The Fiery Cross, I noticed something I hadn’t before:  the significance of Fergus Fraser’s missing hand.

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The Fiery Cross

The year is 1771, and war is coming.  Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so.  Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy – a time traveler’s certain knowledge.  Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead – or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.

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Drums of Autumn

It began at an ancient Scottish stone circle.  There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past – or the grave.  Dr. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice.  Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became a legend – a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child.  Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in the American colonies.  But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century.  Their daughter, Brianna …

Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the circle of stones and a terrifying leap into the unknown.  In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history … and to save their lives.  But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past … or root her in place where she should be, where her heart and soul belong.

This one is a bit more complex than the others, owing to the fact that there are now four main characters instead of just two.  If it’s at all possible, I love these books even more.  But they’re so long.  Sometimes I wish I could finish it just to start another.  But on the whole, I wish they wouldn’t end.

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Voyager

I finally finished Voyager by Diana Gabaldon.  It seemed to take forever, but from what I can figure it took me just over two weeks to read it from cover to cover.  That’s got to be some kind of record for me.

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Dragonfly in Amber

Well, I finally finished Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, the sequel to Outlander. In 1968, twenty years after she went back in time, Claire Randall finally decides to tell her secret.
This book is perfection. Gabaldon really knows how to tell a story. The characters are so real; it isn’t hard to become attached to them. But my imagination came in spurts. Usually, I can see what is happening in my head with no problem; with this book, the scenes were fading in and out for some reason.
The book is quite long. I couldn’t put it down – to an extent. After a while, it seemed to drag on forever. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it. It was just really long and I wished I was done with it already so that I could read the books I got for Christmas. I have most of the series now, but I’m going to take a break from it and read something else.
I think part of it dragging on so much was that it was hard for me to follow the plot at times. But it was still an amazing story.