Wowza, that last piece ended up being a real doozy, sparking a lot of conversation – some friendly, and some got a bit contentious. Why is that? Well, we all have one thing in common, no matter what our unique perspective, we are passionate about Outlander…
When I write a piece that criticizes the show in any way, some part of me always feels like an asshole. It’s so abundantly clear that the creators have poured their hearts, souls, and energy into this visual adaptation for literally, years. I am so very appreciative of them and all they’ve done, truly.
So, in the spirit of balance, I am doing this post, which will be a giant thank you note to the creative team – crew and cast alike.
I invite you to choose one, (already a hard task) of your favorite things about Outlander, and write about it, along with a note of thanks, to whomever you like. Your comment could be about the impact of the story (books or show) on your life, your favorite scene, your favorite passage, an artistic element, etc. Your note of thanks could be to Diana, or to a producer, writer, director, cinematographer, actor… again, to whomever you like.
This comment thread is all about gratitude; if you have a complaint, it doesn’t belong here.
I’ll start us off…
I could go on and on, but for now, I’ll say my favorite thing about Outlander, the visual adaptation, is that it is: that it has been made and continues to be made!
For today’s thank you, I will choose Ron….
Ron, I thank you for tackling this visual adaptation, and making it happen. For taking on the magnitude of this project with sensitivity, heart, and the organizational and people skills to pull it off. For attracting and retaining the right team – including the nucleus: Terry, Maril, Gary, Sam, Cait, Matt, Toni, David, and Suzanne. For being both smart enough and humble enough to retain Diana as a consultant to the show, and for listening to her. For insisting that it be filmed in Scotland, with people from Scotland as crew and much of the cast. For using Gaelic in the show. For enduring the wear and tear of traveling back and forth between LA and Scotland every 3 weeks for years to fulfill your role as husband, dad, and leader of this gigantic undertaking. For letting people spread their wings and do their jobs. For bringing my (and millions of others’) favorite book series to the screen. For exploring and allowing millions to explore the dynamics of feminism and heroism through the art of your management, writing and editing. For all this and more, I humbly thank you.
Feel free to add your thanks to the creators of Outlander in the comments below…