OUTLANDER on General Hospital
I don't watch the show myself (haven't watched the soaps since I was in high school), but apparently one of the characters gave another one a copy of Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER!
According to Diana D. on Compuserve, who saw the episode in question:
The book was given by a little girl to her big sister in the hospital so that she'd have something to do while she gets better. They mentioned some other books too, [Sookie] Stackhouse and something else, but Outlander was mentioned, critiqued 'really long, but really good' AND they showed the big blue cover.I think that's pretty neat. I don't think I've seen OUTLANDER mentioned in a pop-culture reference like this since the Mallard Fillmore cartoon several years ago. And who knows how many new fans will be drawn to the series as a result of hearing about it on GH today? That can only be a good thing. <g>
The thread on Compuserve is here if you're interested. Diana's immediate reaction to the news was, "Rof,l! Well, I certainly appreciate the publicity! <g>"
UPDATE 3/3/2011 12:48 pm: Here's the video (thanks to Pamela P. on Compuserve for the link!) The relevant bit starts at about 13:50 into this video.
UPDATE 3/16/2011 8:10 pm: Diana commented in a little more detail about the General Hospital clip on her blog today, here.