I know I’m not the only one out there that feels somewhat protective and possessive of the phenomenon that is Outlander. This love of the book and show,”It’s a bit personal” to quote one of our favorite characters. I’m not exactly sure how it got this personal, but there you go. I love Outlander!
As many of you know, (of course you know, you are Outlander fans) last night was the premier of season 1b of Outlander in NYC. They called it a Tartan Affair. For weeks, fans from all over have talked of nothing but their planned trips to celebrate the end of Droughtlander, especially those who won tickets. (someone had a guaranteed spot waiting in a mailbox they couldn’t open and didn’t find out until it was too late, yep me and yes, I went into a huge spiral of self-pity) Like many of those folks who won tickets, it would have taken me a lot of juggling and maybe even mountain moving to make the dream of attending that event happen. So, when I got on-line last night to live vicariously through those lucky enough to attend, I was alarmed to see that there were fans with reserved seating tickets left standing outside the theater in the cold and left to wonder what the hell had happened. The screening was about to start and they were still outside. My first reaction was shock and then pity. I would have been crying had I been there. It would have felt like the worst April fools joke ever perpetrated.
And then…I was witness to some action that has come to define this whole Outlander experience for me. People from across the country and the world for that matter, took it upon themselves to try to rectify the situation for their fellow fans. It happened like this:
And as a result….
I am sure there are still people upset, but from what I saw this morning in pictures and videos a lot of folks were happy, over the moon happy.
BTW, one of the Twitter Angels from last night was Ron Moore’s wife Terry Dresbach, Outlander costume designer extraordinaire.
A video of Ron introducing the cast last night surfaced this morning and to me epitomized the reason why I feel the way I do about the show.
It’s the people.
The fans. The actors. The writers. The crews. The execs. The producer. The author of the book. A serendipitous collection of people.
What could have come off as a lame bunch of excuses for what had happened instead became another reason to be proud. People were cheering and Ron’s character was showing for all the fandom to see.
This has been a singular experience for me. My favorite book series is being made into a TV series and I have gotten to be there from the beginning. From the beginning, we have had unprecedented access to the people creating our “dream come true” of seeing our favorite story and characters come to life. They interact with us lowly fans. LOL! Just kidding! I know they don’t think we are “lowly” and that is my point. I can’t help but feel that if we didn’t have this particular collection of people we wouldn’t have had the same experience. Because of this unprecedented interaction with the author, the folks creating the show and the fans, my life has been enriched.
I have made real-life friends with the fans I have met on Twitter! In fact, we just finalized plans to meet up together in Nashville! We’ve been talking to each other for over a year and feel it’s about time we met! #cgng
I have engaged in wonderful discussions about the book and show that have challenged my thinking. Outlander fans are smart. If you want to get into a philosophical or intellectual discussion with them you better be prepared! I might not always agree with everyone, but I always walk away from these discussions with new perspective.
I have, thanks to the Outlander phenomenon, discovered I love to write. I’m a writer. Who knew? Certainly not me. For that discovery, I will be eternally grateful.
I know there are a few folks flirting with the crazy side of being a fan and other’s who find it fun to be snarky about folks obsessed with the series (IMO snarky seems to be just another word for mean girl/boy), but overall, I find myself PROUD to be a part of this whole thing.
A serendipitous collection of people who love Outlander.