For Outlander fans, this year has been wonderful. I’ve told anyone who will listen ( my children actually time how long it takes me to mention Outlander) that this has been a singular experience. I’ve had my favorite book turned into a TV series and I’ve had a chance to feel a part of things from casting to costumes. Thanks to all involved who were so generous with their time; Ron, Terry, Maril, Matt, Sam, Caitronia, Starz, and many more. It’s been a thrill to discuss the process with other fans and get glimpses from behind the scenes. It’s been thrilling for me, but I can only imagine how thrilling it’s been for Diana. Talk about falling down the rabbit hole! Despite her fame as an author and quite a few public appearances over the years, I’m pretty sure she has to be feeling a bit like Alice in Wonderland.
First, I’m not sure she could have believed this was ever going to happen. The rights to the story have been sold for many years. She’s never said exactly how many scripts she’s looked at over that time, but I get the feeling…a lot. She told us that quite a few talented scriptwriters have ” had a go” at adapting her book. We’ve all heard how disastrous those attempts (anybody remember the turn white or burst into flame comments) were. She had to be afraid someone would actually go ahead and film anyway. I believe she said she couldn’t have stopped them because the rights were sold. How scary! Thank God no one ever did or I’m not sure Ron would have gotten his chance. How do you pitch that one?
I wonder if she knew Ron had been trying and planning for three or more years, to get permission to pitch a TV series. When I heard it was being made into a series, I was so relieved. How relieved was Herself when they came and pitched their ideas? I could only compare the feeling to sending your young adult child into the world and having them bring home a series of not so suitable prospective mates. Finally, they bring “home” the right one to meet momma!
What a weekend that must have been! What was she thinking when she closed the door on that visit? I have this little mental picture of her being folded into Doug’s arms with a sigh of relief. And since then….they involved her! I know she has said over and over that they are kind to listen to her and are under no obligation to take her advice, but they appear to be smart people who recognize a good thing when they see it! Why would they not want to take advantage of such a valuable resource? As Ron said in one of the trailers, ” the experience with Diana has been delightful”.
I know it’s silly. We are not best buds, but I feel protective of Diana. Her books have become an important part of they my life and as a result, so has she. I get excited that she got a tour of the set, that they ask her advice, that she has relationships with the actors, and that she’s being filmed and interviewed everywhere! I’m happy for her! I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. A reporter, who attended one of the San Diego events, wrote that she was surprised that even though the actors received warm welcomes from the fans the largest applause was reserved for the author. I’m not surprised. I was proud of my fellow fans. Seeing our characters come to life is lovely and exciting, but we love Diana because she wrote _books_ that mean something to us.
Diana herself has expressed how odd and wonderful it is that one of the off shoots of her writing these books are the connections people have made with each other. There are Facebook groups and Twitter groups that range from a shared interest in knitting to sharing how Diana’s books have changed lives. Some folks have even been inspired to write a blog (tee hee). She means a lot to a lot of people so, yeah, we are excited for our favorite author!
Tell me how thrilled we all were to see Diana’s moment in the sun on national morning TV and to see her resplendent and smiling on the red carpet! So, this weekend we are sharing another “fallen down the rabbit hole experience” with Diana. Herself is going to be an actress! Millions of fans will be glued to their TVs hoping to catch a glimpse. What a wonderful experience. We love you Diana and we are so excited for you and proud of your success. Break a leg!