Tuesday, October 16, 2018

DRUMS OF AUTUMN TV tie-in paperback is now available!

The STARZ TV tie-in paperback edition of DRUMS OF AUTUMN is now available!

Like the previous STARZ tie-in editions, this paperback features the actors from the TV series on the cover, but the text of the book has not changed.

Check it out here:

Barnes & Noble

If you'd like an autographed copy, you can order from the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Arizona. The Poisoned Pen is Diana Gabaldon's local independent bookstore, and they ship all over the world.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

New opening title sequence for Season 4!

STARZ has posted the new opening title sequence for OUTLANDER Season 4!

As usual, they've changed the music somewhat, to give it a more Southern/Appalachian sort of feel. It's going to take a little time to get used to the singer's attempt at a Southern accent, but I'm really much more interested in the images.

The cabin looks perfect, very much as I've always imagined it! I laughed when I saw the Highland dancers.  And I like the bath scene. <g>

The shot of the gorgeous North Carolina scenery at the end made me go, "Ooooohhhh!!" and immediately put me in a good mood.  Then I looked closer, and what I saw made me like it even more! If you look really closely at the view of Fraser's Ridge at the end, you can make out Jamie and Claire in the center of the shot, looking out over the ridge, Jamie's arm around Claire, and Claire leaning in affectionately toward him.  I like that a lot, as a sort of evolution of the famous shot of the two of them riding across the Scottish landscape from Season 1.

I'm interested to hear what the rest of you think of the new opening sequence. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

OUTLANDER on the cover of Entertainment Weekly!

OUTLANDER is on the cover of this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine!  The special issue features a look at OUTLANDER Season 4, including a photo shoot with Sam and Cait.

My reactions, in no particular order:

"Some like it Scot" -- really, is that the best they could do? Recycling a tagline from STARZ's Season 1 advertising from 2015?  How unoriginal. <sigh>

From their clothing and the background in some of the shots, this seems to be Jamie and Claire at Jocasta Cameron's plantation, River Run.  Talk about giving a misleading impression of what Season 4 will be all about!

Of the three covers shown above, I like the first one (with the two of them together) the best. On the other hand, I was really struck by the lifeless expressions on Sam and Cait's faces in many of these photos, as if to say, "We've spent the entire day posing for this ridiculous photo shoot, we're tired and bored, and we want to go home!"

I'm kind of underwhelmed, but that's all right. I don't think the diehard fans are the target audience for these covers.  The EW people who put this photo shoot together are trying to sell magazines and/or get clicks for their website, and to that end, they'll do whatever they think will appeal to casual readers/viewers, whether it bears the slightest relationship to the actual contents of Season 4 or not.

At least they got to keep their clothes on for these pics, unlike the very controversial EW cover which some of you may remember from 2016.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Which new character are you most looking forward to seeing in Season 4?

Less than five weeks to go now until OUTLANDER Season 4 premieres!

Which NEW character (excluding Jamie, Claire, Roger, Brianna, etc.) are you most looking forward to seeing in Season 4?  There are number of very important characters that will be introduced this season, and I'm excited to see all of them.

Please take a moment to vote in the October poll on Outlandish Observations. If your most-anticipated character isn't listed, you can always vote "Other" and write him/her in. Thanks!

September poll results

Here are the results of the September poll, which asked the question, "What are you doing to pass the time until the OUTLANDER TV series resumes?"
  • 29.88% - All of the above.
  • 16.99% - Reading (or re-reading) Diana Gabaldon's books.
  • 11.33% - Watching Seasons 1-3 again.
  • 10.74% - Reading books by other authors.
  • 6.05% - Listening to the OUTLANDER audiobooks.
  • 5.08% - Devouring any information I can find (trailers, photos, interviews, etc.) about the TV series.
  • 3.91% - Pursuing other hobbies or interests not related to OUTLANDER.
  • 3.71% - Following various OUTLANDER fan-sites, including Outlandish Observations.
  • 3.13% - Focusing on family, work, or other commitments.
  • 1.95% - Trying to get other people to read the books or watch the TV series.
  • 1.95% - I'm not interested in the OUTLANDER TV series.
  • 1.76% - Hanging out on Diana Gabaldon's Facebook page or TheLitForum.com
  • 3.52% - Other:
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • most of the above
  • watching, reading, devouring information
  • all of the above
  • Watching and re-reading the books and scouring the internet for Season 4 news
  • .attending the Fraser Ridge Homecoming in NC in two weeks!
  • Re-reading and re-watching and devouring any all information I can find about t
  • haven't seen the series, yet
  • 2, 5, and 10. Mostly 2.
  • Reading other histories from the same time period - both fiction and non-fiction
  • re-reading outlander books & re-watching outlander tv seriees
  • Travelling in UK - Especially Scotland September
  • Watching other series such as The Crown, Poldark,
  • Watching the series and reading the series
  • both choices 1 & 2.
  • Heading to Scotland for a three week holiday
  • Camping and canning!
  • Watching,reading,FBooking, Litforuming Outlander
  • I am re-reading some of books and listening to others.
There were 512 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated!

Please take a moment to vote in the October poll, which asks, "Which NEW character are you most looking forward to seeing in OUTLANDER Season 4?"