TV Shows from Books: Outlander

I know you’re probably wondering if I talk/write about anything else except Diana Gabaldon’s amazing Outlander series, and the answer is: Not much else. But this is important! Season 3 of the television series premieres on Sunday, September 10 at 8 p.m. on Starz (Finally! No more #Droughtlander!).

I’m a slow reader, so I know I won’t have enough time between now and September 10 to reread Voyager (the third book in the series), but there are several ways around this with help from the Aurora Public Library District.

We have Seasons 1 and 2 of the television series available for check out! Re-watch your favorite episodes or binge-watch the first two seasons (No judgement here!) so you’ll be ready to go for Season 3! DVDs check out for one week without renewals, but if you need more time, you can always bring the DVD back to the branch and we’ll check it back out to you.

Reread your favorite scenes from Voyager by checking out a hard copy of the book or a digital copy from the Indiana Digital Download Center. You can also check out an audiobook if you don’t have the time to sit down and read. The Aurora Public Library District has recently acquired new paperback copies of the first four books that are just dying to be checked out by you!

Maybe you need to reread the last few chapters of Dragonfly in Amber to remind yourself what happened in the last few episodes (Because it’s been so long since the end of Season 2 and so much happened!) so you’ll be prepared for the first episode of Season 3!

The September 1 issue of Entertainment Weekly featured the cast of Outlander to make people like me even more excited for the new season. Magazines are available for checkout for two weeks with up to two renewals, just like books.

You can creep obsess scroll through the actors’ various social media accounts to see pictures, videos, and captions promoting the new season or what they’re up to in their day-to-day lives. I recommend searching Instagram and Twitter for the actors’ names.

If you want to take it to the next level of fandom, there is actually a Scottish festival in Columbus, Indiana during the same weekend (September 9 and 10). That will really get you in the mood for the premiere of Season 3! Follow the link for ticket information, driving directions, schedule of events, and more.

Season 1 follows the events of the first book, Season 2 follows the second book, and Season 3 will follow the third book. As far as I can tell, both seasons have followed the books rather closely and I’m sure Season 3 will be no different. I’m having a viewing party with some others who are as obsessed excited as me and I can’t wait!

Happy Watching!

Series Starters: Outlander

I jumped on the bandwagon. I had tried reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander before and couldn’t get past the first hundred pages or so. Since I started working at the Library, I decided I would give Outlander another try, and I’m so glad I did!

It’s 1945: World War II has just ended and Claire Randall has been reunited with her husband, Frank, to take a holiday in Scotland before Frank accepts a permanent teaching position. Frank, a scholar, is interested in ancient feasts and rituals, and so he and Claire observe an ancient gathering among the stone circle, Craigh na Dun. While Frank is busy researching his family history, Claire, who was a nurse during the war and who is interested in plants for their medicinal purposes, decides to go back to Craigh na Dun to look for a useful plant she spotted during the ritual. Somehow, Claire manages to step through the stones and time itself, all the way back to 1743 and right in the middle of a skirmish between British groups and a band of Highlanders. Thinking her an English spy, the Highlanders take Claire with them to the Castle Leoch of the Mackenzie clan. Within this group of Highlanders is Jamie Fraser, and thus introduces one of the greatest literary love stories of all time.

This series cannot fit any one particular genre because it has strong elements of science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, romantic fiction, action, and adventure that come through at different parts within the books. This is why Outlander is a book for everyone! If the premise doesn’t intrigue you enough, in later books we travel to eighteenth century France, the Caribbean, the Thirteen Colonies, and more. Some of the characters even travel back and forth through time, too.

This love story is so great, in fact, that there are eight books (and counting!) in the series at that incorporate other characters, too. There’s even a spinoff series! Starz is making a television series about the books, which you can also check out from the Aurora Public Library District.

Happy Reading!

Author Biographies: Diana Gabaldon

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Diana Gabaldon was born on January 11, 1952 in Arizona to Jacqueline Sykes and state senator Tony Gabaldon. She received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Northern Arizona University, a Master’s in Marine Biology from the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and a doctorate in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology also from Northern Arizona University. She also has an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Gabaldon spent twelve years as a university professor teaching environmental studies at Arizona State University, helping to create the field of scientific computation. She founded the scientific journal Science Software Quarterly while she taught and wrote comic books for Walt Disney. She has written several scientific articles and textbooks as well as being the contributing editor on the MacMillan Encyclopedia of Computers.

In 1991, Gabaldon decided to write a novel “for practice, just to learn how,” with the intention of never showing it to anyone. She wrote Outlander entirely through research she did through library books, without visiting Scotland first. She went on to write seven more novels in the series (and is working on the ninth installment), quitting teaching to write full-time.

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Aside from the Outlander series, Gabaldon has written a “sub-series” to Outlander, featuring one of the minor characters and a graphic novel retelling events that take place in the books from different points of view. She has also co-produced the popular television series adapting her novels, having written the script for one of the episodes, and appearing as a cameo in another episode. There has also been some talk of an Outlander musical!

She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and three children. Her son is the fantasy writer, Sam Sykes.

Gabaldon’s novels merge multiple genres at a time, which make it difficult to discern where they “belong” in terms of one particular genre. But, the plus side of this is that they can appeal to everyone who likes historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure, science fiction, and fantasy!