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Outlander – the Best Selling Book Comes to STARZ

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Time Warner Cable. The opinions and text are all mine.

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The long awaited Outlander series on STARZ is finally here and my dreams have come true. Ah – Men in Kilts, nothing to be disappointed about here. I was worried Diana Gabaldon’s characters would be minimized by a screen adaptation, but STARZ has remarkably captured her characters. Sam Hueghan is every bit the manly man as the book’s Jamie Fraser – strong, rugged, chivalrous with the right amount of humor. Caitriona Balfe captures Claire just as I imagined, beautiful, intelligent, strong and not to be trifled with. The scenery is breathtaking and the Gaelic is pure pleasure to listen to. STARZ has paid close attention to detail and followed the book closely.

I was worried about viewing the intimate scenes, as I don’t watch R rated movies. I must say they were tastefully done, and I could easily look away when I felt uncomfortable. I love to get into a movie and lose myself, but when there is an intimate scene, I find I break out of my comfortable escape and wonder how the actors could actually do something so private in front of cameras – but that’s me.

Since Claire’s modern day (1945) husband, Frank, is played by the same actor as his ancestor, Black Jack Randall of 1743, I was concerned I would despise Frank, who is not at all despicable, but STARZ has done a great job of separating the two and portraying Frank as kind and scholarly and Black Jack every bit the vile human he is.

Other than finally meeting Jamie, in the flesh, I must say one of my favorite parts of the first episode in the series is the backstory of Claire. Seeing her strength and diligence as a World War II battlefield nurse, and her formative years on archaeological digs with her uncle, gives credence to her ability to survive being transported back in time 200 years. She’s an amazing woman.

Outlander is huge, beautiful, epic and vast, and I hope to continue enjoying the series in my quiet moments of pure escape. To make it even more meaningful, I will be in Scotland next week, and plan to visit the Culloden Battlefield. Maybe if I get lucky, I’ll meet a tall, redhaired Jamie in kilt. Head over and check out a sneak preview!

Don’t forget to sign up for the Outlander Sweepstakes and win a trip to Scotland. Slainte Mhath!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Time Warner Cable. The opinions and text are all mine.


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