To Ransom a Fan’s Soul

No….not a misspelling. I’m not even going to attempt to recap or overview the Outlander series finale. There many really good articles already out for this and no doubt there will be more. This blog/rant/observation is about me as a fan and what I see in and experience from, other fans.

First, I see a lot of bashing out there. Every fan has something that is vitally important to THEM and when that thing is not included in the series it bothers them. They have every right to express that. While I personally think eye color, hair being THIS shade of red over THAT shade of red or which hand gets smashed by the hammer are very minor things to get in a snit about, they matter to others. I have a request for both sides of this issue no matter what the specific in question is. For the person that couldn’t care less – be kind. Every single fan has the right to voice their frustrations. For those of you voicing frustrations – STOP WHINING! Please tell us how you think and feel and why it’s important, but please don’t subject the rest of the fandom to what comes across as a toddlers temper tantrum or a teens moaning about how unfair life is.

Next, I continue to be utterly amazed by this show and the unprecedented access we have to it as fans. We’ve been invited in since the very beginning – the players interact with us, STARZ listens to us, and we make a difference as fans. This is a very new experience for me and I’m excited by it – and also very frustrated. Something I accepted going into this is that it wouldn’t be like the books. The story can’t be like the books because they are two very different mediums. How you get things across is very different, how the arcs have to go, how much you can do with only 16 or 13 hours to do it in.

I just don’t get people that think chewing on Ron or anyone else on the team about something you saw in the last few weeks will DO anything. Too much of this, not enough of that. The stuff you saw the last two weeks were filmed seven months ago. People are just digging into DiA and discussing it – problem is, the episodes are already mapped out for Season 2. If you really want to make suggestions, you should already be discussing Voyager. At the end of the day, WE aren’t writing this show. We as fans don’t see the vision that Ron and the writers have. We can’t see where they are going.

Some comments I saw looking through various articles/stories today that really show this.

“Too many side stories – not enough Jamie & Claire – THEY are what is important not all this other stuff!”

“Way too much focus on BJR and the rape / torture. Far more important to show J & C and healing.”

“Jamie is being emasculated just to make Claire look stronger. He’s a shadow of the character we know and love, a child rather than the mature man he is.”

“Too much sex/violence/nudity – I know what happens I don’t need it in my face. Focus on the important part – J & C’s relationship”

ALL these comments – are from book readers. As herself said in a post recently “PUT THE BOOK DOWN.” Seriously………………there are a lot of viewers out there who have never read the books. This show isn’t just for the longtime fans of the books – though Ron and the team are doing their best to make it as good as possible for those longtime, dedicated fans and still be a visual medium. STARZ Outlander is also for brand new fans that are being introduced to this story by the series. It HAS to stand on its own. The relationship is there, people who haven’t read the books comment often on how intense it is; how much ‘more’ it is than most television out there. All that is going on around them and the people close to them are part of their relationship and need to be shown too – unfortunately Ron and team doesn’t have an hour per chapter to do all that we’d like to see.

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Was 116 hard for me to watch – HELL yes. Was it too much – in my personal opinion, no. Ron did it right. This is such a pivotal point in the entire story. This one event haunts Jamie through all the books to come and shapes him in ways that make him the great man/character we are all so crazy about. In order for that to work down the line, the audience (the ones that don’t have all that background and thousands of words in the book) needed to really be there with Jamie, feel what he felt, break like he did. It was necessary and very, very well done. What I was thinking as I watched was – ‘wow – the torture is there, but you don’t SEE it as such. The initial forced rape – the branding, the rest is all creepy tenderness. It’s still a violation as it’s against Jamie’s will – but it’s what it does to the viewer’s mind – much like Jamie’s. How could we as an audience possibly understand and appreciate what Jamie becomes if we don’t taste it ourselves? Jamie was naked – but did you ever actually SEE anything? BJR walks naked from the bed, totally in character and what would have happened. How much of the uncomfortableness is what was shown to you – and how much was where your own head took you.

Same argument as above for the sex/nudity/violence etc. I have never felt (and most of the comments I’ve seen agree) that the show has been gratuitous. The book people know these parts of the story and don’t ‘need’ them – but the series only people do. There is no possible way to take one of Diana’s books and condense it down under 16 hours and keep everything. If the show focused on ONLY J & C – we’d have lost the series only fans a long time ago. The series is a facet on a larger gem – the idea is to get people wound up with that facet so they want to experience the whole gem.

As far as Jamie being emasculated………….I just can’t get this. Yes, I have read the series, a few times. In reading Outlander I saw Jamie as fairly mature but far from perfect. He makes mistakes, he has a temper he doesn’t control at times; he acts rashly and doesn’t always think things through. He is still doing that (though not as often to be sure) in MOBY. Emasculated? It takes a very strong man to deal with Claire. He doesn’t cow before her, he is her equal, her match. He doesn’t just bow to her will, he thinks through who she is (even before he really knew) and makes decisions that are good and right, not just in line with what he’s always known and tradition. That takes huge strength of character. He has Claire’s devotion, love and respect – a weak man wouldn’t have those things. I didn’t start seeing the Jamie everyone raves about until he had spent some time around his cousin Jared in Paris and had to start dealing with Charles. After he lived through the fire of BJR and Wentworth. AFTER he wanted to give up on life and take the easy way out. AFTER he was battered, bruised and broken beyond redemption in his own mind.

Gods I always go long on these. Eh……won’t say ‘sorry’ – but I hope I at least keep it interesting.

Finally – I want, as a fan, to redeem myself of any bad behavior, unkind words or abject stupidity that I have fallen to since the beginning of this adventure. I want to do this by trying, however inadequately, to give some praise and thanks.

Nope. Can’t do it. Too long and either will detract from the other. I want the “THANK YOU” section to be done right…not hurried or thrown out. So that will come a bit later.

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43 thoughts on “To Ransom a Fan’s Soul

  1. tealrose1 says:

    Well put !! I like the meme in the middle .. which boils down Jamie, Wentworth and the book/s. You can’t have light .. without the darkness, to paraphrase. You could … but it wouldn’t mean as much.

    I have always said, of course we won’t like ‘this’ Jamie ~ he isn’t the one in my head .. or yours .. or yours… But we grew to admire him and Sam alongside that. I can also say his hair isn’t red enough, he isn’t tall enough, she isn’t stout enough, doesn’t have whisky coloured eyes etc .. but at the end of the day, there is no use moaning on about it, because as you said, it’s done and dusted …. and Sam and Caitriona have become Jamie and Claire now in most of our minds. And guess what? It doesn’t really matter. The actors are amazing. All of them. Each week … which can take a lot longer in the world of J&C… they have become the J&C we love. Strong, loving, and totally devoted to one another and their family be it clan or their children.

    And yes, Wentworth .. IS needed in all it’s ignomy …. because it shapes Jamie and Claire and it has repercussions throught the books. In many shapes and forms … from the scent of lavender … to the way Jamie feels and treats others. About time that rape and the brutality etc had the Hollywood taken out of it and the reality put in. If it disturbed people. Good. It might have everyone really think about how a victim of rape, sodomy, abuse – mental and emotional as well as physical – really feel at the time …. and then 20 or 30 years down the line. People might understand why it’s not so easy to just .. ‘pull yourself together’ and ‘forget it’ etc …

    • rynawolfe says:

      Ah Susan, one of the voices in my head! I agree – and have been very sad to see some comments on other stories/blogs calling the Wentworth scenes ‘porn rape’ only put in for the titillation of women. There have also been many comments about how such things only perpetuate the problem – like ignoring it (rape) and keeping it in the dark have done any good. People are talking about it – an abuse hotline tweeted after the show that they are open 24/7 and Sam retweeted them. How many people may have been helped because they were finally willing to reach out – and how many people caught that? Thanks for the comment – you know I appreciate it.

  2. Stacy says:

    Perfectly said – nothing else to say. Thank you!

  3. Mellie says:

    Thank you. I have spent the past two days attempting to form a cogent response to what I saw as unfair criticism. I am a reader who watched the premiere of the series with very low expectations. Readers almost always get burned by shoddy adaptation. Outlander is the most brilliant adaptation I have seen to date, not because it faithfully reproduces every scene from a book, but because it faithfully reproduces the characters.

    My least favorite bit of criticism of ep 16 was that Jamie’s healing was rushed. I think we haven’t seen Jamie healed yet. What we saw, at least what I saw, was a very recognizable Jamie doing what he will do time after time in the books, choosing to live for those in his care. He even says, “I’m trying.” I think he wasn’t just talking about regaining his sense of humor.

    • rynawolfe says:

      I am hoping that they will show through the whole series that this incident haunts Jamie – it’s what makes him who he is. It IS sad we get so few hours for such large volumes – but I think Ron & team is doing a fantastic job. I re-read Wentworth the night before I watched it…..honestly…..they didn’t abuse Jamie in the show nearly as much as in the book – we got a taste of it – no more than that. Sam is brilliant and, I believe, will let us see that ongoing struggle in the episodes to come. It will be harder with them shooting out of sequence – but if anyone can pull it off, Sam can! Thanks for the comment!

  4. Kathleen heldenbrand says:

    My sentiments exactly!

  5. Carolyn Gold says:

    I’m here to cut the readers some slack.
    All of us book lovers know how hard it is to find a book to love. One that sweeps you up from the first few pages and pulls you in so much it takes over your life that you don’t want to put it down and deal with the laundry or the bills. We read because we want time out from reality, because we want to immerse ourselves in lives other than our own. Especially fiction that takes you places beyond this world (historical fiction, fantasy fiction ) versus novels that hyperfocus on realism (depression, alcoholism, family dysfunction). And we love a book we can reread again and again as though reading it for the first time; that’s a very rare novel where you don’t suffer from disappointing déjà vu every other page. And that’s Outlander. This is a killer achievement on Diana Gabaldon’s part – to craft something that can be so deeply personal and so incredibly immersive.
    Many of us have this story etched into our bones and have gone back to the novel multiple times over the 20+ years since it was published. And many of us have been waiting to see this story come to life on film for just as long. So, yeah, we do know it’s not like the book. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt when the scene you love—the one you re-read over and over without re-reading the totality of the book—is omitted. And where can we talk about this except online?
    Ok, some of the comments are ridiculous – Jamie’s red hair, Claire’s less-than-ample butt—but some are justified. Critics who get paid for being critics have made some of the same comments that readers have, and most of these critics haven’t read the book. Are the book-readers not given the right to critique in the same way as these professionals? At this moment, thanks to social media, blogs, forums, and other digital outlets, all of us, readers, non-readers, people who channel-surfed the finale night and landed on Starz at the right/wrong moment, have a voice. It just turns out that Outlander-lovers are a helluvalot more passionate than the normal everyday lovers of film and fiction and demanders of verisimilitude, and their voices are louder and more vigorous. And THAT is an incredible testament to Diana Gabaldon’s writing and Ron Moore’s filmic interpretation, to the actors’ work and all that have touched the TV version of Outlander, that it engenders such profound levels of emotional connection.

    • rynawolfe says:

      Oh yes! Absolutely the book readers have the right to state what they are frustrated with or miss or think could have been done better. I said that. What I am sick to death of is the ones that, as I also said, come across as having a temper tantrum or a whiny teenager. The other point I was trying to make with “Put the book down” – you are not reading a book you are watching a TV series. It, by it’s very nature, will be different and will be the vision of the team putting it together not yours or mine.

      News flash – I have had some disappointments with the show. Things, like you and many others, I would have liked to see. However, given the medium and the differences that must be there and the choices Ron et al have to make – I’ve decided that while disappointed it wasn’t a big enough deal to raise a fuss about and cause issues. I have wanted to promote the show as positively as possible to keep it going. What we focus on (what’s missing vs what is there which often includes a new way of looking at something we’ve seen many times), how we choose to receive what is given us and how we – as fans that other fandoms ARE watching – express ourselves are all important. The books that we love and cherish will always be there so you, I, WE won’t ever lose all those bits that are important to each of us.
      Thanks so much for your comment! I really appreciate it!

    • Cristina Grant says:

      I absolutely believe the fans have the right to express their opinions and I think Ron and the others that bring us the show respect and enjoy it. The problem I’ve seen the last few days is that some people have been just down right ugly, rude, and disrespectful about it. Acting as if, how dare they make the show in a way that is different than how they see it in their head. It is an adaptation. Ron is the EP. Starz and Diana have trusted him to bring this series to the screen in the best way he can in the time that is given and I think he has done an AMAZING job. I would like to thank EVERYONE who has worked so hard to bring us this show. You have millions of fans who can’t wait for season 2. Please don’t let the negative few detract from the great work you have done and continue to do!!

      • rynawolfe says:

        Yes I agree. That Terry had to do a LONG tweet about fans reactions to the tribute she did to Ron just breaks my heart. I’m all for voicing opinions and different ideas – but do it in a positive and constructive way. Well said – thank you so much for your comment.

  6. Maija says:

    Thank you for your blog and the “addendum” above! I was “on-demand surfing” one night August, 2014, and came across the first Episode of Outlander … watched it, loved it, immediately downloaded the first book, and read for 3 days in a row, coming up for air only to watch the second episode – “Castle Leoch”. I was hooked… devoured the next three books in the next month. Got stuck in Fiery Cross, mostly because I was so angry with the hell Jamie put Roger through in DoA.

    The main point I want to make is that I have lived with these characters for only 10 months and not over 20 years like a lot of fans. I keep seeing the whining on various groups that in the TV series Jamie isn’t heroic enough and is given short shrift. I want to humbly suggest that the main problem is that these fans are judging Sam’s portrayal in the first half of the series, because they are viewing Jamie from knowing him from the TOTALITY of herself’s books. In the first book he hardly springs forth fully formed as the “King of Men”! And since the first book is from Claire’s pov, Jamie is hardly her top priority before the Wedding. And as far as the TV show not giving enough weight to Claire and Jamie’s love story, by the time Jamie winds up in Wentworth, it has only a true, deep, mutual love only for a couple months…. only since Claire made her decision at the stones NOT to return to Frank and the 1940s.

    Therefore the events surrounding Wentworth – episodes 115 and 116 – are supremely important in not only shaping Jamie into the man he is for the rest of his life, but also solidifying Jamie and Claire’s mutual respect and love into the team for all ages.

    And although I also missed a few scenes and some dialog in the adaptation, I am blown away at the incredible job Ron & company have done! From the magnificent actors to the fabulous production values, I am forever grateful that I was witness to this wonderful TV show through which I discovered a new fictional universe in which to immerse myself, via Diana Gabaldon’s writing. Thank you!

    • rynawolfe says:

      About Jamie – yes exactly. It’s hard to go back to the beginning with Jamie and see him objectively. He has a lot of growing to do yet at this point. Several difficult years and experiences ahead and it never is an ‘easy’ road for these guys. Maybe why I relate to the books so much. My RL is pretty messy – but I try to stay true to myself and just keep going.

      Thanks for the great comment – I really appreciate it.

  7. Kyle says:

    Very well put. I could not have stated any better. I put myself in the reader/watcher category. While I have read the first book, I have not as of yet ready book two or further. This means to me that while I have gotten the “whole story” in DG’s famous “epic novel” size, my primary medium for Outlander has been so far, the series. I have so far been amazingly impressed with what the whole crew has done. As you know, I have intentionally NOT gotten very involved with the fandom. Most of my reasons you very eloquently described in this post. Outlander is not the be all end all of my life. I don’t intend to let it become that and find that there are so many more important things for me to worry about than Jamie’s eye color, or which of his hands gets mangled. I don’t want to be overly blunt here, but the phrase “get a life” comes to mind. I am enjoying the show. I have enjoyed book one and am sure that I will only get more wrapped up with this world after reading book two and further. We all know what an amazing job DG has done to make these characters “real”. We also know just how well the entire production team has done to bring these characters to screen so that we can explore them in another media. The work done on this series is almost impossible to quantify. Each work stands very well on it’s own, as it should and more importantly as it has to, to reach those that have not read the books. Everyone will be overjoyed with some things, and disappointed with some others. That is the nature of the beast. Petulant outbursts and “whining” do the fandom no good at all. Differences of opinion are a good thing. Getting your individual views out there is important for many reasons, not the least of which is the Starz team seems to really value ALL input. Every viewpoint is worthy of voice. It’s how you use that voice that makes people like me choose not to participate in the “fandom” for the most part.

    Again, very well stated. You should be writer……oh yeah, you are. Oops 🙂

  8. Cara says:

    Thank you for articulating so many of the thoughts I’ve had about the show and criticisms about it. I, too, agree people are entitled to their opinions. I just wish some of them were more thoughtful and less reactive. Sometimes I wonder if I’m watching the same show as the critics. I really disliked the Keira Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice. I called it Jane Austen on speed. However, eventually I could accept it on its own terms and adjusted to its pace. Now it’s a film I can appreciate because the script and direction forced me to notice things I hadn’t noticed before. It gave me a richer understanding of the world Austen wrote about. And for that I’m grateful. ( I still hate the last scene on the balcony in the NA version). :))

    • rynawolfe says:

      I actually really enjoy hearing other viewpoints, when they are presented in a positive way. I don’t like ‘bashing’ – I’ve had it done to me far too often in life and don’t react to it well at this point. Thanks for the comment – I haven’t seen that movie yet – is it worth it?

  9. Peigi says:

    To all of the above – Truly!

  10. dancerdf says:

    Very well said and respectfully done. I agree with almost everything you say and as a “book person”, I do wish we could see more and hear more of the beautiful words DG has written. However, we know this isn’t possible. Instead, I go back to the book and satisfy my need by re-reading the chapters I want to recover. The show is extremely well done. The cast is perfection and everything from the writing, directing, music and of course, the location has been a feast for the senses. It’s been amazing to watch, read and interact with the professionals involved. I can’t wait for the next season!

    • rynawolfe says:

      We will never lose the magnificent detail Diana has given us in the books – which is awesome! The show just gives us a slightly different view and I often find myself seeing the written word with new eyes and understanding. It’s a great combo! Thanks for the comment.

  11. Kim Broussard says:

    Being a great fan for many years of Diana G books , I was as Leary as every other fan. Will the show be a disappointment, how can they conceive a show with so much insight! But what made me appreciate the hard work and consideration of the creators of this show is all the open exchange of communication that was given to the fans of those books. They understood what we expected from the show and explained in great detail, I might add,how complicated this adaptation would be. What media company has ever done such a thing! Fans have access to all the innermost depts behind the scenes and what it takes to make it as faithful to the books and the fans. It proves the respect it deserves!

    • rynawolfe says:

      We have indeed been very blessed as fans with how much access we’ve had and the simply wonderful people working on the show. Thanks for the comment.

  12. Cara says:

    Yes. But don’t judge it by the Colin Firth version. And yes I agree that bashing wears a person out. I like thoughtful comments rather than complaining. It seems disrespectful to all the work of the cast and crew to have what seems like a tantrum because it’s not quite what they had in their heads.

    • rynawolfe says:

      Ok I won’t. LOL…..I am a movie addict really. Actually got to be an extra in a film years ago and found the process really fascinating. Between that and all my theatre time (high school/college/community) and tend to view things with a different eye than most. I like being unique 🙂

  13. I have read many angry reviews and comments about the rape scenes, that they were prolonged unnecessarily and all that “rape porn” nonsense. I was “date-raped’ at the age of 20. It’s affected me so much through my life, and I appreciate that the show didn’t give it short shrift. I remember reading Outlander back in the early 90’s, a few years after my own experience, and just sobbing and sobbing. It was cathartic. The terrible things happening to my beloved Jamie somehow made me feel stronger, and less a victim. I understood his pain, and how it affected his life. If the show had only alluded to the rape, and not shown the sick, twisted, soul-stealing affects of rape, it would have been a betrayal. Thank you for this post, you absolutely put into words all the frustrations I had been feeling while reading reviews today.

    • rynawolfe says:

      Glad it was helpful. I understand about Jamie and ongoing struggle to live with guilt and pain. I’m glad you could express yourself here – I invite that from all viewpoints as long as it’s done respectfully and with common sense. Thanks so much for your comments.

  14. Morrigan says:

    rynawolfe — What a wonderful, well-written post! While I love the books, I’m probably not the hardcore fan that some of you are. However, like everyone else, I was ecstatic when I heard that Outlander was coming to the screen, and I waited with some trepidation to see what it was going to be like, having been burned badly with lousy adaptations of favorite material in the past. Sitting after the finale on Saturday and thinking about the entire first season as a whole, I realized just how lucky I feel to have been given a series of such quality, made by people with such passion for the material, who are willing to work so hard to do right by the fans and to bring something truly special to the screen. In particular, I think the work on both The Wedding episode and the Wentworth scenes was brilliant and innovative, and it belongs in the same class as the best work ever done for television.

    The other incredible stroke of luck I think we’ve had is the casting of Sam Heughan. I’m not usually one to gush over actors, but he makes it hard not to. I know that in reading the books, we all have slightly different focus, different things are the most meaningful to each of us. For me, it was Jamie. I read the books for Jamie Fraser, everything else was secondary. To be honest, I really thought it was an impossible role to cast. I was just hoping that they would find someone good enough that it wouldn’t ruin the series for me. And suddenly there was Sam. After all the years of trying to get Outlander on the screen, what incredible good fortune that Sam was there, with all his talent, ready to “be” Jamie. He’s done wonderful work throughout the season, but Sam’s work in the Wentworth scenes was just breathtaking.

    So I’m with you rynawolfe! I’m not inclined to do any more complaining (or at least not very much and to do it quietly). I’m grateful for how good what we’ve been given actually is. Heartfelt thanks to everyone involved with Outlander. See you for Season 2!!

    • rynawolfe says:

      Really can’t say anything but ‘Right on’ to your comments. The stars aligned as the should for this show. We have been SO blessed – the Universe knows what’s it’s doing when we let it happen. Sam is………..exactly who we needed for this – as are Ron and Cait and Tobias and Terry and everyone involved. Thanks for your comment – hope to see you again!

  15. elizlk says:

    Nice job on this. The attacks directed at Ron & via Terry during Ron’s Q&A yesterday were inexcusable. State your opinion, but don’t think that just because someone disagrees with it, you’re being disrespected. If they say your opinion is dumb, that’s disrespect.
    I felt terrible that Terry felt she had to call her recognition of Ron for bringing this project to fruition “a mistake.” We wouldn’t have the show without him. Second guess his work or not, but I think we are lucky we have such a quality project, and that he takes input from Diana.
    Some of these folks need to remember that 1) book readers will always have the books, and 2) these are all fictional characters, whether on the page or on screen.

    • rynawolfe says:

      Yes…..what happened with Ron & Terry made me really angry – but I wisely didn’t instantly respond. It isn’t MY fight but it broke my heart for Terry to post what she did. She has my absolute support…..and I hope most of the rest of the fandom as well. We all need to respect and support each other. Thanks so much for your comments – I really appreciate them.

  16. Melinda Ray says:

    Thanks so much for this beautiful statement of so many of my thoughts. I witnessed live on Twitter what happened to Terry and Ron. My response was to post about it on a group I am a member of, encouraging people to send them tweets or FB comments of support. Couldn’t undo what was done, but maybe to let them know how many of us feel we have been blessed by what they have created. About 50 people responded almost immediately and went and posted support.Others are still doing so. It was a gratifying example of how sometimes people just need a little encouragement to do the right thing- and also to remember that these people are living, breathing human beings with feelings. Thank you so much for being yet another caring, insightful voice of reason and gratitude. I think we may be kindred spirits!!!!
    Melinda:):)

    • rynawolfe says:

      So glad you did that for them. I made myself NOT react right away as I have a tendency to have a bit of a temper. That often makes things worse. I may have a better idea now though 🙂 Thank you so much for the kind words. I appreciate and welcome anyone who takes the time to comment on my words.

  17. BG says:

    Lurker delurkering, I’m new to your blog and am happy to have found it. Good for you to taking a more positive approach.
    I remain optimistic that some of the concerns expressed by those unhappy with what has been shown so far will be addressed in s2. Perhaps not in the same way as the books, but in a way that is more suitable to the visual medium and drives the story forward.

    • rynawolfe says:

      They may or may not be. We as ‘civilians’ in this process can’t really understand what all drives and influences the decisions Ron and all make. People are still hoping for the hot springs in S2 – I really doubt it will happen. One thing we have to stop and really ‘get’ is, in comparisons to most shows out there, the relationship between J & C is getting a lot of attention on screen. Not even close to the focus in the book, but more than most shows that are anything similar. All the side stuff the book readers don’t want to see so much of are important to make the series more rounded and interesting to a wider audience.

      My hope/prayer is that people continue to express themselves – praise or disappointment – but do it in a POSITIVE uplifting way rather than hateful and vicious. So glad you delurked! LOL Pop in any time

      • BG says:

        “One thing we have to stop and really ‘get’ is, in comparisons to most shows out there, the relationship between J & C is getting a lot of attention on screen. Not even close to the focus in the book, but more than most shows that are anything similar. All the side stuff the book readers don’t want to see so much of are important to make the series more rounded and interesting to a wider audience.”

        I agree.

        I guess we have to remember that the production has to appeal also to people who have not read the books and may never read the books. Overall, I have very few issues with the adaption, but that’s just me.

  18. rlterrill says:

    I haven’t had the opportunity to watch the final episode yet, but since I am a non-spoiler free individual, I have been reading the reviews with great interest. And dismay….

    Thank you for your thoughtful piece.

    • rynawolfe says:

      Don’t let the reviews overly influence you – everyone handles things like this differently. I think some of the really negative comments come, not so much from the fact the scenes in Wentworth are hard to watch (they are) but because they are happening to Jamie. JAMMF is one of those characters that people get wrapped up and invested in, it’s hard to watch a character you care so much about be abused. The physical abuse/torture was actually far less than the book – but seeing the, excuse the language, mind fuck Jamie took was much harder to deal with. Thanks for the comment – hope to see you again 🙂

  19. Beth,
    Very well written, gave me lots of food for thought. Still percolating about episode.

    • rynawolfe says:

      I imagine most are still ‘percolating’ – it was heavy stuff. I wonder if there is ‘discussion’ about Wentworth from when Outlander first came out. ‘Social Media’ wasn’t so known then. Thanks for the comment.

  20. kalaluka says:

    Well written, thank you.
    For me, the differences in the TV adaptation provide two gifts: 1) insight into bits of the story from POV that weren’t fleshed out in the books, and 2) allow me to share this long-cherished world with my husband (who doesn’t *read* fiction, but adores on-screen drama esp when there’s real history included).
    Regarding complaints about adaptations, I think author Stephen King (whose work has been victim to many really BAD adaptations) said it best, “The book is still the same.” (Probably paraphrasing, can’t find it to link to or cite it properly). Herself has made clear that she is pleased with the Ron/Terry/Starz team – how fortunate for us all.

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