I loved Jamie’s assertion to Claire, in this week’s episode of Outlander “Creme De Menthe”, that what they were experiencing was not “but a wee bit of chaos”. It kind of summed up this last week in the fandom, too. Jamie assures Claire that they had dealt with this kind of thing before and survived. As a fandom, so have we. It has been an interesting week, to say the least. Lots of discussion about adaptations. I’ve got to say that I was anxious for a new episode to be shown, so that we might be able to move on a bit. That this episode was an all-out adaptation was irony at its finest! Story-lines were condensed, characters changed, action moved, etc. Everything we book fans hate. But, unlike last week, I was expecting no “kerfuffle” because I saw this as one of those episodes that happen every season, full of foreshadowing and intros to new storylines. Then I was told this morning that even Diana Gabaldon had a few things to say about this episode on CompuServe.
Dear Vicki–You know I said there was one “Laoghaire-redemption-like” thing this season? Mm. Hm.Jamie lie to Ian’s face? The one person in the world (other than Claire, who was there) that he ever told about Wentworth? His blood-brother from the age of eight, his brother-in-arms, his brother-in-law, his best friend, for whom he’d lay down his life?Oh, sure. Why wouldn’t he?As for Claire…you should have seen her _before_ I said Intemperate Things…
I’m assuming they heard her and tempered Claire. Diana has always maintained that she is mostly happy with the adaptation. Of course there will be things she is less happy with, but I have to say I admire her ability to be so objective about the whole process. I’m pretty sure if I were in her place I’d be as protective as a mother tiger. Last week, Jodi Picoult, a very popular writer who has had her books adapted to screen and might know a thing or two about the subject, tweeted that the Outlander folks are doing a great job and Diana agreed.