Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Have you tried to get others to read the books?



The August poll asks the question, "Have you tried to get other people to read the OUTLANDER books?"

I'd like to hear your stories.  Have you managed to get your spouse, boyfriend, or other family members to read the books?  What about friends or coworkers?

Do you approach strangers in the library or bookstore and tell them they really should read OUTLANDER?  (I personally have never done this. On the other hand, I did spend all day at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 2010 wearing a homemade OUTLANDER sign, sort of like a walking billboard, so I suppose that counts....)

Have you ever tried to get someone to read OUTLANDER, only to find that they just weren't interested?  (Very frustrating!)

Have you ever been someone else's "OUTLANDER mentor"?  (I have, for my sister, and it was a lot of fun.)

What about those of you who won a box of OUTLANDER paperbacks from Random House (pictured above) to give away to potential readers?  Did you have any luck getting people to read the books?

Diana Gabaldon often says these are "word-of-mouth books", and I know that she very much appreciates our (collective) efforts to spread the OUTLANDER addiction! <g>

20 comments:

Jo Harp said...

I've broken my book club. It's an online one, and since I introduced them to Outlander I haven't heard much from them, apart from an odd surface to inform me of which part of the series they have reached, and to make lots of exclaiming noises! Thankful to say they have all fallen in love as much as me. Was pleased Diana posted the chronology of all related stories so I don't need to field the question continuously. I do like getting the odd pm, usually screaming OH MY GOD!!!

Janis said...

Yes, I tell everyone about the books. I practically forced a lady to buy Outlander at the used book store one day and often wonder if it hooked her. Only one friend said "ehhh" and didn't finish it. One person I wasn't sure about, a friend who writes non-fiction history books and never reads fiction, loved it and read the whole series.

JustHeather said...

I've tried to get many to read the books (even guys), but so far, not many have taken me up on my offer. I think the size of the book(s) scares them off, no matter how much I rant and rave about the books. I won't stop trying to push, er us, recommend the books to others. I know it too my mom a couple of tries to get me to read them and I can't thank her enough for keeping at it.

amy gh said...

I have given copies twice and both times later learned the person immediately went out and found the remainder to buy or to borrow at the library. It isn't easy to just describe and rave about them as much as share the book to get the point across. And it keeps on giving when they find out how many more exist! I mentioned the series to my old college roommate recently in a Facebook conversation recently and she said said she "got chills" when she went to the Amazon page and read the description. I presume she will have read them all in the next year.

Anonymous said...

YES!! It is so fun to have a irl Outlander friend. I feel a little bad because once you read outlander you are pretty much ruined for all other books, but it is worth it, but I feel that way about my friendship with her too so. . .Oh and she reads your blog now too! (HI Em!)

-Amie

Anonymous said...

Yes, I received the random house box and faithfully gave them out. I kept the box in my trunk and I felt like a literary Johnny Appleseed. I have approached a few people and recommended the book both in the library and on an airplane ( it wasn't totally random, we were discussing books). I have also recommended the audiobooks to like-minded listeners. I'm still trying to figure out a way to have the topic up at my Jane Austen Society meetings. I still have one last book .......
Catherine

Anonymous said...

I participated in the Random House give away of ten books. I had good luck as at least three of the recipients were hooked. This was/is an excellent program and I urge others to get involved with it if it is still available.

I gave away the books over a six month period and was very pleased to be selected as a "donor." I just purchased a copy of Outlander for my sister. I'd earlier given her one of the free books but she didn't read it then. She's promised to read it now and I have hopes of getting another convert.

Jerry

Anonymous said...

I won TWO boxes of Outlander for a total of 34/35 (can't remember if it was 24 or 25 in the first box) and have mailed copies all over to everyone in my address book who I thought would read it...haven't heard back from ANYONE :(. I lent the first 4 to my SIL once and she oh read O and said (I quote) " I HATED it". *sigh*. 21 years and not doing very well. My MIL read them along with me and loved them though...was sad reading the last one without her. I think one of DH's coworkers DID go on to read more after her free copy from me.

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

Yes, I've gotten friends and family into them, currently DH is reading Voyager and it cracks me up how he keeps referring to Jamie as "perfect Jamie" :) He really enjoys the books, but he only reads about 1 a year - he savors them, which I'm glad to see.

Anonymous said...

I got four of my co-workers to read Outlander. They all liked it, but only one enough to read the other books. Unforunately, she read them out of order, so she was often confused and frustrated by the plotlines. I've tried numerous times to get my sister to read it and she keeps promising she will, "When I retire.

Laura's Reviews said...

I got my sister addicted to Outlander and two of my good friends just by talking to them about it. I tried to get my book club to read them, but only two members out of six (not counting me) actually read the book that month. One liked it, the other didn't. It was rather frustrating, the size of the book scared the other four from reading it. It was a disappointing book club discussion. I myself love the size of the books, I like to try to read them slowly to get everything I can out of them.

mymacintyre said...

My two cousins had already been reading the series when I happend to come across them at a used bookstore. One cousin remarked (before Echo came out) "it's enough already" she thought the story needed to end. My other cousin is a fan but not addicted. Tried two family members but they are not interested. One friend is reading but taking forever to get thru Voyager. I can see she is not that into it. But....I started reading them to my hub and he loved them. Then I got the audio's and now he is on his second relisten!! Listens in the car, at work, and at home. Sue A (mymac)

Vickie said...

Husband, 2 coworkers (loaning Outlander to another tomorrow), at least 15 friends and several relatives. Just a couple friends and relatives did not get hooked, and it is interesting that those who did not, were unhappy in their marriages or even separated. Hmmm.
Given it as a gift many times--Amazon & Audible know me well.
:)

Christie B said...

Well, the list is long and distinguished. First of all my niece/best friend -- once I convinced her to read Outlander (to which she later replied, "Why did I wait so long!", I let her catch up to me (in Drums), and we simu-read from then on (assigned pages/chapters, then recapped, then assigned more, etc). Next it was two of my co-workers and now a third with a new Kindle -- she's looking for "a good book" to add to her growing library. "Good book." Sheesh!! What can I say. Then a young woman who was browsing the Gabaldon section in the book store. I encouraged her to start with Outlander. Not sure if she did, but I hope so, and I hope she became obsessed. My one holdout is my dear husband who just isn't much of a reader, but every so often I will get him alone and read a special paragraph or two (you know the kind I mean). He once said to me, "You've read that one before," to which I respond, "Yes, but isn't it a good one!" This is fun, Karen, thanks for this month's poll.
~~Christie B ("Chrisstine")

Karen Henry said...

Thanks so much for the great comments and anecdotes, everybody! Keep 'em coming! :-)

Karen

Lisa said...

I found out my aunt reads them. I tried to get my sister to, but she has only made it to Voyager, right before Fergus gets his hand chopped off (I keep telling her good stuff is coming, I don't get how she can stop?!). My best friend picked up book one but because of the ending (she's particularly religious) she has a hard time moving to book two even though I told her that sort of stuff is over. I wish I knew more people that read it so I had someone to talk about them with in real life!

Anonymous said...

I had several friends collectively urge me to read Outlander. I felt it only right to turn around and encourage another friend (and now hubby too!) to read the series at every turn because no other book series have captured my attention so wholeheartedly except Harry Potter. My sister unbeknownst to me is now reading the series, and it wasn't until she visited me recently that I saw what she was reading. I have told her that when DG is done writing the series (book 9?), we need to take an Outlander tour of Scotland together.

mamaHula said...

You poll made me do a head count. I am at 20 new readers so far. Sisters, nieces, daughters,friends and I have a perfect track record . They are all hooked! (admittedly there were 2 who were slow to come around) I did win a box of ten books and very promptly gave them all away to those whom I thoughts most likely to read/finish/love the series. For years I have been telling my daughter, "when you are older". She would roll her eyes and say she wouldn't want to read "my books". She is 21 now and on her second re read. She has even recruitied her closest book loving friends. We cover a broad spectrum were age is concerned...20- 65. It is so nice to have like minded people to talk about the books with, because for years i would I spend a great deal of
time on compuserve (still do) and now I can share it with the people closest to me. It is very rewarding.

vmaisie said...

Well...I just have to answer to this one...I'm at both ends of this topic. For over a year, my very best friend has been telling me about Outlander....and that I should read it....that I would loves these books...on and on and on and on..... at the time I was very much into Military Romance books....(still love them)...
Then....one of my other friends hsad gotten a box of these books, she posted on line if any of us wanted one, she would mail it to us.... so I said I wanted one...and received it in the mail a short time later. I started reading it... but didn't get very far.... a book I was waiting for came out and it appealed to me more than this one was....
then....I went to a get together this past June with my group of girlfriends...we meet once a year... about 16+ of us... and my best friend and another new girl to our group were talking about the books.... the new girl...wow, when you look at her face when she talked about these books, her face just lit up.... when I got home, these books were all I could think about ... it's like Jamie was calling me ...inviting me into the world of these pages.... so I did it... It was such a great pull, I couldn't fight it any more.... I am now on book 2... and am loving it.....
On that note...I sent an email to two other friends ...explianing how I felt about the books now....what they did to me....how the captured my heart and soul.... how they have touched me... engulfed me..... become a part of me.....
and with my words...one of our other friends has picked the books up and is reading them too....YAY.... and the other girl is gonna (well...Ladies...we aren't girls anymore....haven't been..........for a while)
the first two friends, after reading what I wrote in the letter to the new two.... said if they had not already read the books, what I wrote would have convienced them to do so....
I'm so glad they got me into this...
now if we could just plan a trip to Scotland....(LOLOL)

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I have! I persuaded one of my daughters, my sister, and at least two friends to read Outlander and watch the first season on Starz. It was driving me a little crazy to read such a good, fun book and not having anyone to talk to about it. I am a divorced 64 year old woman, still optimistic about finding mutual love, respect, and passion. There are so few books with such long term great relationships. Thank you, Diana!!