2018 Year in Review

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2018 has been an unforgettable year for OUTLANDER fans all over the world! Here are some of the highlights of the past year:

January 6 - STARZ announces that Colin McFarlane has been cast as Ulysses.

February 9 - The Season 3 Soundtrack is released.

March 6 - It's the 30th anniversary (believe it or not!) of the day Diana Gabaldon began writing, "for practice", the novel that would become OUTLANDER. Here's Diana's story of How It All Began.

March 25 - I post the latest installment in my series of "ABC's of OUTLANDER". This one explores the character of Lord John Grey.

April 10 - The Season 3 Blu-Ray and DVD are released in the US.

May 9 - STARZ announces that OUTLANDER has been renewed for Seasons 5 and 6!

From the official press release:
Starz will continue to partner with Sony Pictures Television on this multi-book, 24-episode pick-up for “Outlander.” Seasons five and six will each play out over 12 episodes respectively and will be based on material from the fifth book in the Outlander series, entitled The Fiery Cross, as well as the sixth book in the series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.

June 5 - Diana Gabaldon's latest story, "Past Prologue", co-written with Steve Berry, is released in paperback, in an anthology called MATCHUP, edited by Lee Child. This story features both Steve Berry's character Cotton Malone, and....Jamie Fraser! For more information about this story, look here.

June 27 - Roma Sars of the OUTLANDER Home Page fan site publishes an interview with me, as part of a series on "the fans who make it", taking a closer look at people who devote a lot of time and effort to OUTLANDER fandom. Thanks, Roma!

July 5 - It's the last day of filming for OUTLANDER Season 4! It took about nine months to film the 13 episodes of Season 4, and the final post-production work was not completed until November 20.

July 15 - Just days after being nominated for an Emmy Award, OUTLANDER's costume designer, Terry Dresbach, announces that she will be leaving the show after Season 4. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, Terry! You will definitely be missed.

August 4 - STARZ announces that Season 4 will premiere on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

August 7 - Diana Gabaldon's story collection, SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL, is published in trade paperback format (that's the large size paperback) in the US and Canada. For more information about this book, see my SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL FAQ page.

August 28 - Outlandish Observations turns 10 years old! Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement. I really appreciate it!

August 28-29 - In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Outlandish Observations, I published my first-ever interview with Diana Gabaldon! I tried hard to think of questions that were different from the sorts of things interviewers usually ask her, and she really rose to the occasion. Many thanks to Diana for taking the time to answer in such detail! This was quite a thrill for me, and definitely one of my favorite moments of 2018.

August 31 - STARZ releases the official "key art" that will be used to advertise OUTLANDER Season 4. I like it very much.

September 14 - Diana Gabaldon throws out the first pitch at the Yankees-Blue Jays game at Yankee Stadium. She did a great job, as you can see in this video. Congratulations, Diana!

September 25 - My Outlandish Observations Facebook page now has more than 11,000 followers! Thank you all!

Jamie and Claire Entertainment Weekly cover

October 4 - OUTLANDER appears on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Many fans, including me, were disappointed by the photos of Sam and Cait in the EW photo shoot.

October 16 - The STARZ TV tie-in paperback edition of DRUMS OF AUTUMN is released in the US.

October 20 - OUTLANDER fans worldwide celebrate the 100th birthday (believe it or not!) of our favorite time-traveling Sassenach, Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser! She was born on October 20, 1918.

October 23 - The 25th Anniversary hardcover edition of VOYAGER is published!

From the publisher's description on Amazon:
A beautifully designed collector's edition of the third book in Diana Gabaldon's blockbuster Outlander series featuring a brand new introduction and bonus material to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its original publication.
Look here for more information.

October 23 - OUTLANDER takes the #2 spot in the Great American Read contest on PBS! Congratulations, Diana!

November 4 - OUTLANDER Season 4 premieres at long last, and the "Great Thread Explosion of 2018-19" begins on TheLitForum.com, where I manage the discussions (aka "herding the bumblebees") in Diana Gabaldon's section of the forum. It's definitely been a challenge to keep up with the flood of posts this season, but we're having some good discussions. You're welcome to come and join us! You have to sign up to read or post on the forum, but it's free.

Check out my Season 4 episode recaps!

December 6 - Caitriona Balfe is nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category of "Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama"!
This has been an amazing, unforgettable year for OUTLANDER fans! I'm delighted to see all the new people who've found their way here in recent months. Thanks to ALL of you who take the time to visit Outlandish Observations, and I wish you all the best in 2019!

1 comment

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen , what a wonderful year for all Outlander fans and especially the Great American Read program naming Outlander and one of the best books of all time I hope that and season 4 will make even more people watch it and read the books a lot more , hope 2019 wil be just as great , please post more soon. Happy Holidays . Loving Outlander.
sincerely .

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