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Schmoozing in LA – Part 2 – Episode 1!

Starz Poster So, Sony was previewing all of their new shows (eight in all, I think, and I don’t recall all the names) for international (i.e., non-US) buyers. Each day had a different slate of buyers to view the shows (Latin America/Africa/MiddleEast/Europe, etc.), and every evening had a mix of fairly high-up TV executives from different countries for cocktails and dinner.

Every day save Friday, OUTLANDER was fairly late on the schedule, so Ron and I would arrive around 3 p.m., and depending on how far behind schedule the shows were running (there’s some friction, given that some up-front interviews run longer than others), we might go on by 3:30 or 4:00. We’d be in the green room just before our time, and then follow one of the stage-hands (they thoughtfully shining a light on the floor so we could see what we were about to step on, and not trip over anything or miss a step). A technician back-stage (a very narrow, dark space, with a small cart stocked with cordless microphones and other useful items) would hand us each a mic and we’d stand there, listening while the audience saw a quick trailer for “Outlander” (from the sounds of it, it was either the same one y’all have seen lately, or something quite similar; with music from “Last of the Mohicans”). Then the moderator would introduce us and we’d walk out and take our places: there were three tall director’s chairs set up onstage at the side of the screen (a regular movie-theater-sized screen), and the interview would be televised onto the screen itself (and onto the TV in the green room as well, for the edification of anyone waiting in there to go on next).

The interview was short, about ten minutes, and pretty much The Usual: What attracted you to the material? (Ron) Did you have any concerns about having Outlander translated to film? (Me. Answer: Hell, yes…) How would the story evolve over the season? (Ron. Meaning they wanted to know how much of a book or books would be covered in a season, how many episodes, etc.) How did I come to write Outlander? (Me — quick reprise of my Dr. Who/man-in-a-kilt story), etc. (Webmistress’s note: See “So where did you get the idea to write these books?” in Diana’s FAQ to read about how a character from Dr. Who helped inspire Diana to write OUTLANDER, her first novel.)

Then we’d wave and walk off, and they’d start running the full first episode of the show. The first day we did this, I rather shyly said I’d like to watch the episode; I’d seen it, but not in its final form, with color corrections and score. Of course! They said, and obligingly brought me up the metal stairs to the top of the theater (the seating area looked very solid, but was evidently made of portable stuff like stadium seating; it wasn’t built into the building), where I paused for a moment.

The show was just starting, with Bear McCreary’s theme song/lead-in — I probably shouldn’t tell you what it was <g>, but I liked it very much. A different take on a well-known Scottish traditional song, let’s put it that way…

Ron had come up the stairs with me, presumably to see what I thought of the opening, as he wasn’t staying. We stood there watching the lead-in, and when there was a shot of Claire’s hands reaching for the flowers at the foot of the standing stone, I turned to him and said, “You got them!” (He and Maril had asked me, some months earlier, if I knew exactly what the flowers were, and if it was important that they be _that_ sort of flower. I told them I did, and it was— but only if they filmed all the way through the last book. He said they’d go on the assumption that they would.)

He grinned and hugged me, then went off about his own business and I found a seat and watched the whole thing, rapt.

They had made a few small changes to the first episode since the last cut I’d seen, but nothing major. It flowed beautifully, starting with the quick scene that Ron had described to me more than year ago, of Claire in a French military hospital (a bombed-out building), splattered with blood and working frantically to save a man, then coming out to find that peace has been declared. On to 1946 and a roadster with two laughing people, wind in their hair as they drive through the Scottish Highlands…

The major change, though, was the music. The previous cuts I’d seen had had temporary, sort of generic TV-music. This one had Bear McCreary’s score, and it was fabulous. Very atmospheric, by turns subtle and visceral, using (as is his wont) traditional instruments like tin whistle and bodhran.

He tweeted to me today, to congratulate me on MOBY, and I replied “The same to you, man! LOVED the music! (The whole theater shook when you hit the bodhrans— the thunder shook my bones.)” Which he was kind enough to say was “a wonderful review of my score! Can’t wait for the whole world to see this…”

Neither can I. You’re gonna love it. <g>

Click here to read Part 1 of this blog: “Schmoozing in L.A.: International Film Rights” if you haven’t read it already!

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  1. Wish I’d been there with you. I can hardly wait!

    • Hearing you talk about the mucic reminded me of Dougie MacLean from Scotland and his wonderful ballad Caledonia. Am hoping there might be chance to hear his music sometime in the series…….will love it either way, but combining this awesome Scottish singer with the series would be magic

  2. Cannot Wait til August to sit down and watch this wonderful show………….Hopefully Starz renews it for season 2 and does Dragonfly………..These books are My Absolute Favorite………..I cannot count how many times I’ve read them……….I have the 20th Anniversary edition on
    f Outlander and the graphic novel. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!! Never thought in a million years that when someone handed me a copy of Outlander and said here read it, did I ever think it would be my favorite, that I would cry along with Jaime and/or Claire and cry when the book was over and had to wait. I love all the books so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank You So Much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Looks like I may have company on Aug. 9. So happy it is almost here! We will be having our own Gathering!

      So excited for you Diana Congrats!

  3. Did you see the screen shot of a newspaper with a picture of Claire and the headline “Thousands disappear on August 9′? I though it was so funny, and so true.

  4. I am So happy you liked it Diana. This is your baby and I trust your judgement. If you liked it I KNOW we all will. I am so looking forward to this … more than any other adaptation for the small screen, including GoT and that is saying a lot cause I am a HUGE GoT fan ;) I have read the entire series twice (Outlander) and am currently sharing the audiobook version with my husband who lucky for me, is my own personal Jamie, in fact I always tell him I like the books so much because Jamie reminds me of HIM and not the other way around. Not sure he believes me but he sure likes hearing it … hehe …

    It the “realness” of your characters that captivates me … every situation they find themselves in has a ring of truth to it and how the characters handle themselves every day, the little details. A true masterpiece and I am counting the hours til MOBY .. I NEED to know how everyone is doing and whether Jem gets out of the dam! He’s been in there a long time …

  5. Thanks, Diana, for always taking your readers with you on your adventures and allowing us to really experience your excitement and hard work. I love your books to say the least and am a fan of YOU for being so incredibly humble and real. I love how you include us.
    Can’t wait to go to Wisconsin next weekend and enjoy MOBY.
    Ill wait another 4-5 years for the next one, it just gives me more to look forward to.

    Enjoy your Tour and stay safe and healthy!

  6. August 9 is my birthday. I will be eating cake and watching the show!!! YES!!!!YES!!!!!YES!!!!!!

  7. It will be a magical day I hope for the first episode. I’m gathering as many Outlander friends as I can and we are having a Gathering at my house with Scottish food and we’ll all watch it together. I challenge all you Outlander fans to do the same. It makes sense too because Starz is an extra channel for us here in W NY so only one of us will subscribe. I work every other weekend and was panicking as to how I would keep up wit the rest of the shows until someone turned me onto View on Demand. Thank God!! Diana, you are the very best writer I’ve ever read and my hero. I tell everyone about your fabulous books and yes I re-read t hem.

  8. I am now living for Aug. 9, 2014!

  9. One of the best parts about this is that I can share now with my friends/family who just don’t read, or won’t read books as thick as these are. I can’t wait to see what they think!

    Note to Starz- Renew renew renew.

  10. “…(He and Maril had asked me, some months earlier, if I knew exactly what the flowers were, and if it was important that they be _that_ sort of flower. I told them I did, and it was—but only if they filmed all the way through the last book…”

    Now that sounds like a puzzle I want answered. But it will be a long time coming if it will only be answered in the last book. Oh well, new puzzles just mean more anticipation, and a long time to wait just means endless hours of enjoyment ‘puzzling’ over possibilities.

    Thank you Diana, looking forward to next week’s book release and then to August for the show. It sounds amazing!

  11. When my mother first suggested that I read Outlander a few years ago, I (foolishly) put off looking for it, not putting too much stock in my mother’s tastes…I’ve never been so ridiculous. When I did finally pick up that first book it set off a whole chain reaction of love, adventure, respect, tears, and laughter. Not only did the books carry me through a difficult period in my life, they remain something that my mother and I can bond over in a way that no other book, movie, or …anything really can. They provide me with a beautiful look at what marriage, love, and sex look like after the honeymoon-phase wears off. In short, they entertain in a deeply-meaningful way, and I’m so, so glad that I’ve had the privilege to read them.

    Even DG’s descriptions of these sort of events make us fans feel like we are experiencing everything with her, so THANK YOU for keeping us informed and excited. Can’t wait for June 10! OR Aug 9th!

  12. Oh, Diana,
    Thank you so much for letting us share in this little bit of seeing your dream come true. You seem to be satisfied with the whole deal and that is good enough for us all. If it is not a blockbuster or a monumental chart topper or however it is described as best of the best cinematically and in literature then I know nothing! Congratulations! I agree that it will be a most exciting summer. By the time we read MOBY August 9 will soon be here. I wish for you and the production team only the best now and always. DD

  13. Waiting for June 10, MOBY…when can we have travel tour to highlights of Claire and Jaime??

  14. Hey Diana – Was thinking about you at Mass this morning because of the quote from the Pentecost Sequence in the first book. ;-)

  15. Thanks for setting the scene so completely. As if there is any other way for you to do it. I have goosebumps on my goosebumps. This is going to be one heck of an Outlander Summer!

  16. Hello, thank you for your marvellous books! I live in Canada and understand we will be getting the series on Showcase. Do you have any idea of the date it starts here? No one seems to know. Do I have to move to the USA by August 10th. Ha ha.

    Thanks for everything, and good luck. Am going to by MOBY this week.


  17. It’s KILLING me that we don’t get Starz!! I have to figure out how I’m going to see this!

  18. I can’t wait either, so glad they went traditional with the music! Looking forward to the LA book signing tomorrow. :)

  19. Today is my birthday, guess what just arrived from Amazon.com? MOBY, now I don’t want to do anything the rest of the day but read! Can’t wait to dive in.

    • Dear Rhonda–

      Happy Birthday!


      • Thank you Diana! I had to chuckle when I looked at the family tree and saw that Lord Lovat had an out of wedlock affair with Davina Porter, my favorite recorded books performer! I have listened to her perform the first 7 books, (after reading them) and I hope she will also do MOBY. I will listen to anything she performs for recorded books because I enjoy hearing all the accents she does.

  20. Today my husband saw a local librarian checking 4 copies of Moby into their system. He said hey my wife just bought that book and proceeded to show her the picture I had texted him from the store. Needless to say I was having a “Woohoo!” moment. She said she had heard of the series but hadnt read it. He said you should. Its gonna be on Starz you should check it out. She said she had Starz. What a guy! Thank you Diana for all your wonderful books. I know you hear that often but I am thankful.

  21. I AM SOOO EXCITED ! GETTING BOOK 8 TODAY…..EAGERLY AWAITING SERIES IN AUGUST. …Diana you bring me joy ! I strongly feel that we should all be more informed about the past. You have embraced Scottish history and entwined in it a story of pure love and adventure that makes our hearts pound in our chest with each page we turn. Pure magic. A passion that regretfully many of us only experiece through the lives of Jamie and Claire. Thank you for the gift. Please write on dear lady.

  22. Will the series be shown in the UK ??
    If so by whom and when ??
    I’m sooooo jealous of you all in the US.

    My copy of MOBY is currently winging it’s way across the Atlantic and I can’t wait.
    Thank God for amazon.com lol

  23. Oh Diana,

    I downloaded my digital copy on the morning of the 10th of June! I finished the book early on the morning of the 12th of June! I read morning and night until it was done but am a very fast reader! Now I can read it again only much slower! So many questions were answered! Won’t mention any as don’t want to create any SPOILERS for anyone! Oh my, such a good read! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with all of us! I am a 66 yr old, disabled (hit by drunken hit and run driver 17 yrs ago) so I have lots of time to read! I keep only those books that I truly enjoy reading again and again. Needless to say, I have all of the Outlander series in hardcover and have read them again and again! I know I am only one of so many who tell you this but I truly have reread them many, many times. They have become dear friends! I am looking forward to the Outland TV Series very much! Your comments about it are so descriptive so we can’t help but feel this will be a visual of the book! While knowing that there will be some changes, knowing that you wouldn’t agree to any series that didn’t follow the flow of the book either! Anyhow, thanks so much and many Blessings from an ardent fan! TJH

  24. Will the Outlander television show be available for purchase on iTunes?

    • Dear Sandra–

      I don’t know. I haven’t anything to do with the licensing or marketing, but will certainly announce any news as I get it.


  25. Just finished book #8- loved it, of course! I will refrain from commenting on book #8 specifically, as I know many fans will not have read it yet. Thank you, Diana, for all the work you put into these creations of yours. From the time I started reading them (I came late to the game) I was struck by all of the historical, botanical, medical, etc. details that you include. I am a nurse, and your books have helped me realize just how far we have come, not only in the medical field, but in everything that affects our daily lives. I have spread the joy that comes from reading your books to everyone I can, and we are waiting impatiently for August 10th to arrive.

  26. I have read all the other books twice, ( after an interval ) they were just as fresh as the first time through. I grew up in Britain and we went to Scotland on holiday (as they say over there ).
    all I had to do was close my eyes and I was right there.

    I think this last book may be the best yet, a lot of things that needed to be done didn’t get done around here while I was lost in the 16 th century. There were some little funny bits that popped up and gave me a good laugh…

    I was well worth the wait. Now I have to find if there is TV coverage out here.

  27. Dear Diana,
    I’m reading the book 8 as slowly as I can to prolong the joy.
    MOBY is everything I expected it to be and more.
    Thank you Diana for giving us another masterpiece to cherish!
    P.S. I appreciate your telling us, Canadians that Showcase is going to air the first episode on August 24.
    It definitely saved me disappointment on August 9th.

  28. Bought your 1rst book Outlander accidentally twice at Books A Million. Have had it for a year- started it last week and couldn’t put it down! I have about 20 pages to go. Then got on the website and the rest is history-HA! Going to go buy Dragonfly In Amber today and hopefully the The Outlandish Companion V1 so I might be able to keep things somewhat straight! Anyways-want to tell you I LOVE YOUR WRITING and LOVE CLAIRE’S perspective. Will be stalking your blog and website for a long time to come (would be over the moon to get a response to this email from you!). Can not hardly wait for the TV show in August-have taped the ad to my wall. Cele Schaffer from Knoxville,TN age 55 (just in case you wanted those details)

  29. Good grief, woman! You’ve done it again! This book is one of the best of the bunch and I was so upset to have it end. You may be geographically and chronologically challenged, which I noticed especially in Outlander, but you have a way with words that can turn a phrase into pure poetry of the finest kind. Or pure hilarity of the wittiest kind. I found myself just about rolling on the floor with laughter one minute, and sobbing into a tissue a few minutes later. How do you do that?

    My only fear is that I may wind up in a nursing home before the next book comes out, but at least there’ll be a visual feast to enjoy on STARZ. It’s a tribute to you that the network, and Ron Moore particularly, were so moved by the books that they feel obligated to remain faithful to your story and characters. I already picture Sam Heughan as Jamie now when I read the book, and that means I don’t have to work so hard to visualize him. I hope you’ll start posting snippets of the next book soon, since I’m dying to know just how Brianna, Roger and the kids get to the Ridge in the correct time frame. Are you telling us they went back to 20th century Scotland, went to Okracoke and travelled through again to be able to go to the Ridge? Or have you discovered a new aspect of time travel which would permit a leap of only decades that is less terrifying? Gardening has taught me patience, but you have a knack for stripping it away!

    Thank you from my heart for all the years of pleasure you’ve given us. Dinna fash, I’ll survive somehow!

  30. Can’t wait to hear Bear McCreary’s score! His work for Battlestar was incredible, and I loved all the Celtic influences in it. I’m guessing I’ll be over the moon at his Outlander work!

  31. Just finished Book 8. Can’t wait for the series. Hope it comes on DVD too . Wondering if there will be a Book 9.

  32. Diana,
    I downloaded MOBY to my Kindle at 6:30am on 10th

  33. I am 74 yr old and I can hardly wait for Aug.9th
    I just finished the your newest book I LOVED! LOVED! LOVED! the book
    when is the next one??? I want to know what happends to John. Will, Roger’s
    voice Brianna, Jemmy & Mandy, Oggy’s name, Marsali’s baby, Ben, Hal, Dottie, Richardson,
    ect. ect. ect…

  34. Diana,
    Another amazing book, thank you so much. I finished it in two days! My daughter and I are both such fans, we are going to Scotland in late August for our own adventure.

  35. I just finished book 8 and I think it’s my favorite so far, mostly because the characters have been built so well that I love the exchanges between them. There are so many funny and moving parts to the story but it’s going to kill me to wait for book 9 now!

  36. Just thinking: At the end of book 9, Claire and Jamie will go back to Fraser Ridge in today’s time and Jaime will get the operation he needs to live. They will be happy there in their old age and live in eternity in the North Carolina Mountains. We will not know how they pass away. I can’t stand it to think about it. This is the best love story I have ever read.

  37. Counting the days! Just finished MOBY and sad to wait to see what comes next.. Good news …there HAS to be a next!
    Loved it.

  38. I just read your newest book! Loved it!!! Even doing other things in my life I was able to read it in just over a week. I received your first book for Christmas and by the first of April that year I had read all of the series, plus Lord John books. It was soooooo hard for me to wait until your newest came out. When’s the next one? LOL
    While reading I found myself thinking of how during a movie you wanted to tell someone to not open the door because someone bad was behind it. Well, I found myself thinking …. go to the other side of the hill/field, etc. My heart was filled with the excitement and pain everyone was feeling, oh yes and the love they had for each other. Thank you for letting me enjoy your series of books. I can’t wait until August to see it on TV. My sister in Texas is almost blind and is unable to read the books. Wish I could get the talking books for her, but told her she will have to wait until August. (Just hope her eye-sight will hold out till then, but doubtful.) THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR SERIES… I REALLY FELT LIKE I WAS LIVING THERE WITH THEM. GOOD WORK!
    Donna L, Independence MO

  39. Diana, you mention the tv music score.Will they release it on cd like the Game of throne? I work both jobs on Saturdays and I have a friend who has Starz.Will they only air Outlander on Saturdays or will they do an encore at another time?

    • Dear Kathy–

      I haven’t the slightest idea, but I’m sure things like that will be announced in the fullness of time, and when they are, I’ll be sure to tell you!


      • Thanks Diana, I am sorry I didn’t respond earlier. I have been without a computer for 2 months and have been only been able to briefly at times get on the internet at local library where I work.I have a working computer now at home. I was able finally visit your website. My one of my sisters might buy and download the theme song for the show from Amazon for my birthday which is Monday.I was hoping to watch the show but my friend who had Starz decided a week before the show started to cancel her Starz subscription. I hope it comes out on dvd. I will definitely buy it.I enjoyed Moby very much.I couldn’t put it down,and lent it to friend to read as well.Thank you for writing such entertaining stories.

  40. Hi Diana,

    Looking forward to the series on TV, but will it air in Canada?? I am hoping so!

    Just finished MOBY and loved it. I know this is pushing it….but, when will the next book be out? LOL

    • Dear Maria–

      How would I know?

      As to the show, yes! Canada will have it on Showcase; airing August 24th, or so I’m told.

      Hope you enjoy it!


  41. I finished reading MOBY last night and I’m in awe!
    It’s a magnificent epic story evoking huge spectrum of feelings and prodding one’s mind.
    Without spoiling it for those who haven’t finished reading it yet, I need to tell you that
    I’m absolutely grateful for the way the book 8 ends!
    It’s so powerful and emotionally satisfying that now I can wait for book 9 , for as long as it
    may take you to complete it, with a peace of mind.
    Thank you Diana, for the joy ( for heart and mind) your books have brought me.

  42. I have read the ‘Outlander series twice could not wait for book 8 I have to say I have never
    Been so disappointed in a book as I am in this one. What happened I wanted to quit reading half
    Way through. So sad you let your readers !

    • Dear Alice–

      Well, you–like everyone–are entitled to your opinion. I’m rather pleased to say that you appear to be in a distinct minority with that one, though…

      Personally, I think it’s one of the best things I’ve written. But then, I’m entitled to my opinion, too. [g]



  43. Am about 80% though MOBY and now I have to leave for a weekend. Argh!

    I am really happy that the books will be made into a series. We recently moved to a new home, and the cable company offered one year free of HBO, Sho, or Starz. I selected Starz so that I can see the series.

    BTW, I can’t help noticing that many of the characters in MOBY have the same names as the actors in the series (e.g. Caitriona, Menzies). Very clever.

    Best of success!

    • Dear Lisa–

      Well, Mr. Menzies was in the books long before Tobias was cast in the show. [g] And Caitriona is merely one of Jamie’s mother’s middle names. I won’t say there _aren’t_ any guest cameos, though…

  44. I have a question, and I will say sorry in advance if this has been asked and answered before. I got rid of cable/satellite… Will their be a season pass available on Amazon?? Please, please, please say there will be.

  45. Diana, finished MOBY and reading it again. Just read Franks letter to Brianna starting out Dear Deadeye …and I know we have seen part of that letter before. What book was it in and why didn’t she read the whole letter the first time? Am I dreaming or did she really see this previously?

    • Dear Cyndy–

      She found a partial draft of this letter, in one of her father’s books. I don’t recall at the moment in which book that was, though. (It’s all One Big Story to me…)


  46. Thank you, Diana, for this wonderful book, MOBY, No. 8. I loved it and have to admit that I have read the ending at least five times, and each time, I cry. I have read that you have begun on No. 9 already, and for that I am very grateful … more about the meeting with Brianna and family. I would like No. 9 to be maybe half the length of MOBY, because (since I turned 80 in April) I want to be able to read it, and I hope you can get it done in, say, two years instead of four. I have my DVR ready for Outlander on August 9, can’t wait, and I love getting the emails, especially Claire’s apothecary cabinet. Thank you again, with all my heart … what a talent you are, what an intellect, and a funny lady to boot.

    With affection,

    Jeanne M. Ney

  47. Loved MOBY, especially the ending. It’s truly satisfying for me, since at my age (78) I may not be around in 5 years for Book 9. Of course I know enough about the American Revolution to realize that upcoming historical events form the big cliffhanger going into the next book! It’s going to be a lot more than a few loose ends like what happened to Buck or how to get from 1730 to 1779!

    Love some of the names! “Mrs. Weisenheimer” and a few others, as well as names of 21st century celebs such as Mr. Cumberbatch. Also, lots of spots where I was Laughing Out Loud!

    I was disappointed that I couldn’t access your Facebook page today without logging in. Is it no longer public? I value my privacy enough that I refuse to join Facebook (I tried it once and promptly had serious security issues). With most of the interesting items and the “previews” seemingly all migrated from this site to Facebook, it’s going to be hard not to be able to view the latter occasionally.

  48. Your books are definitely worth waiting for. I tell any and all I can about Outlander, I even bought book 1 for my sister and she is now working her way through them! I am currently reading through them all for the fourth time before I get Moby and I can’t wait! And for the tv series… little does hubby know that we are now ordering starz just so I can watch :)

    Diana, I give you a truly heartfelt thank you for creating such a beautiful story! I look forward to reading Moby…

  49. Oh Congrats Diana,

    It sounds like a really fun week in LA.

    I am so looking forword to the first of many seasons of your Book’s into shows.

    Don’t forget to take a break !!!!!

    susie o.

  50. I can’t wait to see the series on STARZ! My sister and I read your books at the same time so we can talk, talk, talk……. Looking forward to reading the new one. Thank you for many enjoyable , escapable hours of reading.

    You mentioned the music and I can’t wait to hear it compliment the novel. Also, I couldn’t help but think of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy ( Heifetz recording) as I read Outlander. Have you heard it??? So perfect……

  51. Hi,
    Just finished MOBY – loved the ending but am very pleased to hear you’re not finished. I am loving imagining life on the ridge with Brianna and Roger and kids joining them. Also wondering perhaps William might join them for a bit at some point?

    Is the TV series coming to the UK do you know? Otherwise am going to have to ask my brother in America to record it and buy a plane ticket!

    As I’ve read someone else say – thank you for the escape from the world.

  52. WHOOPEE… It’s Finely Aug. 9 and hours away I am so EXCITED!!! I can hardly sit still. I think I will see each of the showings today and tomarrow.

  53. I am so looking forward to the series, but, found out in the last 24 hours Canadians must wait until August 24th. I did my best to get the channel Starz – but it is not available with my provider.

    So to say I am disappointed is an understatement ! I had my whole evening planned for this! Everyone watch this show if it becomes popular apparently the Canadian providers will pick it up sooner. But, at this point we must wait 2 extra weeks. Going to be a long wait!

  54. I love the series I don’t think a movie could have done it justice. Thank you for the beauty of Scotland shown in the series.

  55. Dear Diana!
    The series is fabulous and beautiful compiled. I know many complained about who played Jamie or some of the various characters but all of you did a wonderful job of putting imagination into a real film. It is the highlight of my week. My only thought was in viewing episode 4 last night why they attached obvious radio music of the 1940′s into scenes that were in-the-moment 1740′s. Trying to attach Claire’s previous influence but it did nothing but offend when the real Celtic score is so lovely and appropriate. Every detail and description up to that music intrusion has been perfect and I suppose even that was a minor offense. Overall, the music is exquisite and adds so much. They are doing a masterful job of displaying a gorgeous story and we already know season 2 will describe the 2nd book. Hurrah! Thank you for your imagination and something that rivals Harry Potter for adults. You are a true talent and a genius storyteller. Hats/tams off to ya!

  56. I have the music from the musical and would like to hear the wedding vow music when they wed. Thanks for the camio last week. At first I said to myself I know that face!!!

  57. DIANA (6th) it just gets better and better I wish I were younger. I would have a crush on Dugal and Mortog. Jamie and Culan have the sweetest smiles!!! I would like to see how they do that to Culan’s legs. I was a graphic Artis for a living at the University.

  58. How very sad the series became a soft-porn serial. Had expected better from Moore. Just goes to show how uncritical the public is, too. The actors, not matter how good their performances are, have prostituted themselves for fame, awards and money. But, that’s what Holly-weird does best; sex sells. I’m done with Porn-lander in all forms.

    • Dear A.A.–

      I find that sex is a highly personal thing, both in its private aspects and its more public representations. What seems lurid and off-putting to one person seems sensitive, emotional and arousing to another. Personally, I think the production has done a wonderful job, from writers to actors to photography and direction, in the ways in which they’ve handle these aspects of the story. (I say “aspects,” because sex is used in the show as it is in the books–not as a one-size-fits-all event that serves the single purpose of titillation, but as an honest representation of the things human beings use sex _for_–these ranging from communication and the expression of love to predation and destruction. Because sex is so important to us as humans, we’re hard-wired to look at it under almost any circumstances–and this means that we may occasionally see a depiction that is at odds with our own assumptions and preferences as to what sex is or how it is appropriately conveyed. I would take issue with your assertion that the actors have prostituted themselves, though. I’ve spoken to them about those aspects of their performances, and without exception, all of the actors viewed those scenes as important–albeit sometimes difficult–parts of the story, and were proud of their perfomances. As they should be.

      Best wishes,