My personal offering to Outlander Starz on Day 17 is my gratitude for producing an expectational television series based on an extraordinary series of novels. For taking on such an ambitious endeavor. For finding the perfect actors to play characters who touch our hearts and lives. For sparing no effort putting them in superb costumes. For placing our characters into the exact environments I hoped for – except for Lallybroch which turned out to be more beautiful than I’d ever imagined but completely works in the adapted storyline. And not quite last and not at all the least, I’m grateful for all Outlander Starz does for the fans on a regular basis.
I’ve expressed my gratitude to the show, cast and crew many times, but I wanted to repeat myself in the face of the negative comments they’ve been receiving lately. I don’t normally criticize fan reaction – not in public anyway – but it disheartens me to see people rag on certain Outlander offerings, like today’s sneak peak [SPOILER alert for those who have not read Dragonfly in Amber]:
So, it’s not a picture of the stars, an interview or another give-a-way. (I don’t know if people have been complaining about the prizes because I haven’t looked, but I hope they haven’t been). Outlander Starz has to come up with 25 offerings. They cannot all be shiny new cars. I suppose it’s a matter of perspective, like most things in life. When I wake up in the morning, I actually hope it’s something simple – like this – and not something which will keep me on the internet all day long because I’m too excited to miss anything. Ah, the tribulations of being a devoted fan.
That said. You all know how much I adore Outlander, but I have other things to do. I’m taking a break from yard work to write this because I couldn’t stop thinking about the negative reactions. It’s only from a very small percentage, and I’m sure none of my readers are among the more negative complainers. If you are, I’m not asking or even suggesting you not complain – it being a free country and all – but please be polite. Also try to remember the person behind the postings is a real person and is most likely not the one who decides what the offering is for the day. So, perhaps they deserve some slack? If you don’t like the offering, don’t favorite it. The number of favorites and retweets an offering gets or doesn’t get speaks volumes.
Back to gratitude. I am most thankful to Diana Gabaldon for pretty much putting up with us. Ha ha. You thought I was going to say for creating the world of Outlander – which goes without saying – but that’s probably the easier part for her. The Outlander fanbase can get wacky and a little bit intense at times, but Diana continues to interact with us in a way I don’t know any other author or celebrity does. No matter how tired or busy she is, she takes 15 minutes to check in on us, or 5 if that’s all she has. She’s kind of a ninja that way, popping in and out when you least expect it. But she’s always there. Thank Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ.
Finally, I’d like to express my sincerest appreciation to the readers of this blog. I am very grateful for your continued support and kind comments. It’s lovely to receive your compliments (of course) and discuss with you the show, the stars and all things to do with literature.