Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Today's OUTLANDER news

A couple of interesting developments today:

1) Diana posted a new blog entry asking for our opinions and suggestions on a possible redesign of the OUTLANDER book covers when AN ECHO IN THE BONE comes out next year.

So if you have any ideas, please post them either on her blog or on Compuserve (here).

And if you have a good idea but you are too nervous to suggest it directly to her, post it here and I will be more than happy to pass it on to Diana on your behalf.

2) Some news about the upcoming OUTLANDER movie, courtesy of The Scotsman.

This is a very interesting article and I would encourage you to take a look at it. James McAvoy and Keira Knightley are mentioned as possible casting choices, but I hasten to add that I have no idea whether they're really being considered or not.

And in case you're wondering, Diana has absolutely no influence over the casting of the OUTLANDER movie. She commented today on Compuserve, "They might ask what I thought, just to be polite, but I don't have any power to affect whom they cast, at all."

Thoughts? Opinions? Speculations? What do you think of the idea of an OUTLANDER movie?

Personally I am very skeptical that any feature-length film could possibly do justice to the story, or the characters -- so many movie adaptations of popular books end up disappointing those who loved the books -- but I will certainly go see an OUTLANDER movie if one does get made.

4 comments:

NBB said...

I'd definitively go see the movie as well. With mixed feelings of course.
But everytime I see a movie that is based on a book, I try not to look out for a 1:1 adaption, but that the movie makers captured the essence, if you will, of the book.
That will be very difficult with Outlander, I know, but one can only hope for the best :)

Nina

Bedelia said...

Have to see the movie, of course, though I don't think it could ever measure up to The Books. But I'm not in the "don't make the movie" club because nothing can take away from The Books for me, and it just might draw in a few more readers to appreciate Diana and the world she has created. But then, if I had my way, The Books would be required reading:)

Bedelia

Alice said...

I'll definitely see it, just like I intend to purchase the graphic novel when it comes out. As far as I'm concerned, it would be wonderful to actually see some of the scenery where the action takes place. And if the screenplay, the casting, or the acting don't come up to my fantasies, so what? I still have my imagination and it doesn't really have to have an impact on my love for the series. In short, why not? We're all free to pick and choose.

I've heard some of the audiobooks, and Davita Porter's voice (hope I got the name right)has greatly enriched the way I hear them in my own mind, although when I don't agree with her "interpretation" of a scene, I just don't listen to that particular scene, or I think, "Interesting, but she's a little off here." Same with the movie, I think--there are bound to be some fabulous scenes and some that are not. They'll probably cut some of my favorite scenes/lines, but I try to look at a possible movie as a positive addition to Diana's world.

Karen Henry said...

Alice:

I tend to agree with you. I have a very vivid mental image of all the major characters, and seeing actors portray them isn't going to dislodge the originals from my mind, not at all.

Just as an example: In the Harry Potter books, the Weasleys are all described as having red hair, right? Suddenly, in the last two HP movies, Fred and George have strawberry-blond or even blond hair. Huh?! I don't like that, but it doesn't mean I can't still enjoy the story, and it doesn't mean the film images of the characters somehow obliterate the written descriptions, either.

And I understand exactly what you mean about Davina Porter's readings. She's not perfect, and sometimes her interpretation doesn't match the voice in my head. (Donner, in ABOSAA, leaps to mind. <g>)

This also applies to some of the inconsistencies in the early books. Listening to OUTLANDER and DRAGONFLY, when I hear "mo duinne", I always say it out loud the way Diana writes it in the later books, "mo nighean donn".

Karen