So, yesterday was interesting. I didn’t get much writing done because we fans experienced a virtual onslaught of Outlander news and images. I’m pretty sure my heart and breathing rates were scary! But, I’ve had a good night’s sleep and I’m sitting here processing the whole PR event. I’ve come to the conclusion that August 9th is going to change everything and there are going to be some things I really miss.
1. Speak Outlander
Was lesson 12 really the last one? What will I do without Adhamh urging us to “say it with” him? I’m sure I’ll still see his tweets and photos around Twitterworld because the man is verra popular. He meets with fans when they visit Scotland and solves any and all Gaelic issues, but I’ll miss those videos!
2. Tweeting with the cast and crew
I hope marketing people are gonna take a look at the social media interaction between the fan base and the Outlander Starz cast and staff because it’s been a singular experience. From the very beginning, they have made us fans feel apart of the process. As a result, they have generated a lot of good will and loyalty. I think some genuine friendships have been made! They have been so open to questions and chatting with us. Heck, even the stars’ drivers get in on the act! Those boys can eat! At this point, a fan can tweet a cast member and have a reasonable expectation of getting a response. Send them some bake goods or a care package and they know who sent it to them. I think there truly is a feeling of “family” with this bunch. We know stuff about them personally and care about them. But….I’ve been worried since the beginning that these actors have no idea what’s about to hit them. And after the premier? I think the current fan base will experience an influx of newbies and that will change things. I welcome the numbers (hey, I want season two), but I’ll miss the closeness.
3. Maril and Matt
Love these two! I’ll miss Matt’s beautiful POTD of scenery of Scotland. Wow! Really Matt they were breathtaking and kept us excited to see our characters in these settings. Maril, a fellow fan and the queen of squeee, gave us words heard on set that helped us speculate about what scenes were being filmed. So much fun!
4. Terri and the costumes
I learned so much about the effort it takes to create an epic period film. She was so generous of her time and shared information about historical clothing. I hope I still will get to see pictures of her puppy in puppy prison or muddy and wet from a romp across a Scottish field.
5. Seeing DG experience her novel come to life
This is new for Herself too! I’ve been so excited for her. Who gets to experience something like this!? She shared her thoughts and journaled her experiences for us. We got to feel like we were on this journey with her. I loved seeing her on set and her interaction with the cast and crew, right Sheugs? Her books are wonderful and she deserves the attention she’s receiving.
6. The shared excitement
I guess this is what I’ll miss the most. The novelty of sharing the dream of our beloved books and characters coming to life.
I’ll miss these things, but I remind myself that we are days away from SEEING Outlander. This was the goal after all! So, I’ll say goodbye to the old good things and hello to the new good things! Thanks everyone! Squeeeeeee!