Best Drama Actress

Voting for a fandom can be a royal pain in the ***. It takes time. If it’s a one off vote, fandoms with more votes always win. If it’s a ‘vote as much as you want’ people get burned out and there always seems to be a certain amount of cheating to muck things up.

The Outlander Clandom is currently voting in the E-online TV Scoop Awards (with the Radio Times vote coming right on it’s heals). Outlander got nominated (by the fans go figure) for a total of 15 categories. We did well in this contest last year winning many of the categories we were nominated in.

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This year is proving to be a bit different. Our main competition in various polls/votes recently has been with the fandoms of The 100 and Shadowhunters. These fandoms have a specific agenda (that I don’t want to get into or debate) above and beyond just their show/actors and, I believe, are getting a great deal of outside help voting because of that. I could be wrong – but no matter how they are getting the number of votes they are, it is staggering us.

Those voting in this contest have been focusing almost exclusively on Caitriona’s vote. We are losing badly in most of the other categories because this has been the focus. Best Drama – Best Actor (both of which are in good shape) and Best Actress are really the main / most important idea for most of us. (Getting Best Villain would be nice too and we are ok there for now).

This particular category is supposed to be for Best Actress: Not a popularity contest or because the fans think the character was killed off simply because she had a same sex partner. Caitriona Balfe gives the Outlander fans a supreme performance as Claire Randall Fraser. Joy to sorrow, pain, anger, frustration – a dedicated actress who works hard to give us a great performance. While other actresses in this vote may be quite good, I doubt they have the screen time or range that Caitriona does. I know that is true in The 100 – I’ve watched the show (though I’ve stopped and the show has been ruined for me because the vitriol in the fandom).

I know this is a holiday weekend and voting is a pain. I get that.  I also know absolutely that Cait deserves this win. Vote once, vote 10 times…. do what you can to support our awesome leading lady. If I’ve given you enough incentive to vote, please do so here:

BEST ACTRESS VOTE HERE

Not convinced Caitriona is a better actress than the competition in this vote? Here are some more reasons.

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On only her 8th credit, Caitriona landed a (granted small) role working with greats like Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Cain in ‘Now You See Me’.

 

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For her 9th acting credit, she was working with big name actors Arnold Schwarzenegger (she played his daughter), Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel, Sam Neil and Vincent D’Onofrio in ‘Escape Plan’.

 

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Her most recent credit (not counting Outlander) has her working with A-listers George Clooney and Julia Roberts in ‘Money Monster’. This iswhat director Jodie Foster had to say about Caitriona:

“Caitriona Balfe is amazing. She’s so beautiful and she’s so smart. Smart, smart and strong. Calm…and you know has this amazing presence.”

Here is the interview to see/hear: Jodie Foster talks working with Irish actress Caitriona Balfe!

Please, take a little time and let’s get the honor for Caitriona. She absolutely deserves it!

Vote here!  The vote ends July 4 so please do what you can in between B-B-Q and fireworks!

 

 

 

 

 

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Outlander: The Series

The last blog gave readers a chance to find out a little bit about me and my background. The idea was to let people in my head a bit for why I say some of the stuff I do. Of course, there is a lot more to it all – how I was raised, by whom, when, life experiences. All this figures in to how every person views things, makes decisions about them, likes them or not. What I like, others might not and that is ok. That is great in fact because, if we all liked the same things it would be a very boring place.

Anything I write – like any other writer out there – comes from a compound of all we do and know. Taking all the bits we’ve learned from infancy to now; school, reading, meeting people, listening to the news, deeper research into something that is of more keen interest and, in more recent years, surfing the web. No one dictates to me what I do or don’t like – including my life-mate. I don’t want to be (but likely will be) called a kiss ass, suck up, puppet or anything else suggesting my opinion is not my own. I also don’t want to be called bad names if I point out something I don’t like. My opinion is my own, not dictated to me by someone else to be regurgitated. I think for myself and write what I think. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it……………………though reading differing opinions can stimulate interesting discussion.

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With that thought in mind, this is what I think of the series Outlander adapted from the books by Diana Gabaldon.

 Bloody brilliant!!!!!!!!

 I could stop there – but just a short explanation.

Ronald D. Moore, the writers, Maril and the other producers, the entire crew (Jon Gary Steele and his team, Terry D and her team, set dressers, animal handlers, the people that have to schlep gear all over the Scottish countryside, and all those I’m missing)…henceforth known as “THE TEAM” – these people are taking a huge, many layered, rich, profound story of history, love, intrigue, politics plus much more and trying to cram it into being a television show. TV – generally speaking – isn’t all that deep. There are some great stories out there, and things that are fun to watch, but television is entertainment first and foremost. There is no way to cram thirty nine hours of book (audio book time is 39 hours 6 minutes for DiA) into just under twelve hours of television and make everyone happy.

Diana Gabaldon has woven so many enchanting, laugh inducing, tear spilling scenes into her books that are wonderful to read and enrich the story – but aren’t necessarily fundamental to the plot. These very scenes are often fan favorites that would be great to see, but there simply isn’t time to have them all.

For instance: the scene of Jamie avoiding some nasty guys intent to do him harm where he grabs a rather large, hard sausage as a weapon and ends up ducking into a brothel to avoid detection. Sam would have made this an absolute treat to watch and I would have loved seeing it – but I totally understand why it wasn’t in the show. The scene simply did not advance the story in any meaningful way and so the space was given to other things that did.

There are fans that say some of the scenes don’t have anything to do with the books and why are they there…they are a waste of time! This other ‘junk’ is taking away from Jamie & Claire and their ‘relationship’ (a note on that in a minute). It may not have anything to do with the BOOKS, but it may have a great deal to do with the STORY that is being told on screen that we as viewers don’t KNOW yet. Have patience. Have a little faith.

There have been many complaints about J & C not getting enough screen time for their ‘relationship’ (SEX). I disagree. I see a much deeper connection between them now than when they were burning up the screen. The intimacy is definitely there and sex isn’t necessary to drive the overall story right now – there are other things that need to be seen. I enjoy a good sex scene as  much as the next person, and while Sam & Caitriona are beautiful people that have explosive chemistry on screen making such scenes a joy to watch, I think it would have been distracting given the complexity and gravity of the time and place they find themselves and how compacted the storyline needs to be to get through the entire book. It’s obvious they ARE intimate – every look, touch, interaction lets you see that. It isn’t necessary to play it out on the screen. Of course – that is just MY opinion and I doubt it will be a popular one.

Overall, I love what THE TEAM is doing and will continue to watch and support the series however I can. Does this mean I totally agree with EVERY decision they make? Nope. But I trust that they are making a great television show based on some favorite novels. I like the differences, the points of view contrasting my own to give me new and broader perspective on the story as a whole. What would be the point of keeping it exactly the same? If I wanted exactly the same story, I’d turn off the TV and curl back up with the books.

Please share with all involved doing the show as I know I’ll miss people when I do my tweet! THANKS!!!

Cheers!

Kindness: Let it be the coin of the realm

A question popped up on an OL FB page today that, again, got me to thinking. It was a question that has been asked and answered many times and some opinions won’t change no matter what. Some people who answered were obviously frustrated and got a little snippy. This particular issue, and several others, can be huge points of contention within certain factions of the fandom. That is too bad but not really what I wanted to address.

The person that asked the question was new to the fandom and had no idea the hornets’ nest that particular question can bring on. While many of the ‘book people’ have been around for 20+ years, and many ‘series people’ have been around for a couple of years – many more may be brand new and don’t know all the idiosyncrasies of this particular fandom. Impossible you say? Not so much.

Everyday someone new gets cable and maybe splurges on the premium channels so now has access to STARZ. They stumble upon Outlander, watch it and are hooked on the show without ever knowing before that moment it existed. They go hunting for other fans to share their glee with on social media.

A current die-hard fan finally convinces (pick any possible relationship) to give the show and/or books a try. Brand new fan. No idea the politics the fandom has going.

We all just came off a MAJOR award weekend. While it was disappointing that OL didn’t win any of the awards nominated for, but it was a huge boost in visibility. Caitriona, Sam and Tobias were SEEN and recognized. The show was talked about and promoted. I saw comment after comment on twitter the day after the awards saying ‘oh I hadn’t heard of that show (mostly Mozart in the Jungle?), I must check it out!’….so doesn’t it stand to reason people will be saying the same thing of Outlander?

All of us have to admit that there has been some pretty – harsh stuff – going around the fandom at various times. We are all unique people with our own visions and ideas – which means we aren’t all going to agree on things all the time. Discussion about differences in the show compared to the book compared to our own ideas of how we envisioned them is wonderful! Various facets of the same thing. What I am really hoping for as we prepare for S2 is that we can discuss these ideas without getting nasty with each other. No bigger turn-off to a new fan than infighting.

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I keep repeating it – Courtesy and Common Sense. I repeat it for myself as much as anyone else because I too get frustrated and angry and say things I shouldn’t. Please let’s be kind to each other! Let’s respect each other and differing points of view. We don’t have to agree with each other to respect each other, we just have to be willing to listen to other POV’s. We don’t have to agree with them, but if each of us expects our POV to be listened to and acknowledged, then each of us needs to do the same in return.

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I know for a fact we have lost at least a few ‘fans’ over infighting and nastiness. I myself have dumped out of groups and walked away from SM for a time, and I wasn’t even around the really bad nastiness.

If a quote from a cute rabbit won’t make you think twice:

“If you can’t say something nice – don’t say nuthin’ at all”

How about a request from a truly gracious lady and our living Lady of Lallybroch:

Kindness from Cait