Ode to Jamie Frasier...or why I love Outlander
Okay, maybe not an "Ode"...more like a smattering of lines on why I will read anything Outlander related.
I am in fact rambling about what is probably my absolute favorite book series out there...one I recommend to people anytime I can. The first book, Outlander, came out in 1991...and the series is still going strong. It centers on two main characters, Claire Randall, a combat nurse from 1945 and James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Frasier, an absolutely scrumptious Scottish Highlander she marries when she finds herself in 1743 Scotland (due to strange happenings when she went for a walk to some standing stones). My description fails...it really fails.
There are 8 "big books" in the Outlander Universe, and a 9th is being worked on as we speak. Diana Gabaldon occasionally shares little tidbits from the new book on her Facebook page. These teasers slay me. There is also another series of books focusing on an important character from the big books, Lord John Grey. He has to be my favorite gay gentleman in literature. I know his story isn't some folks cup of tea, but I really enjoy him. PLUS there are some novellas involving OTHER characters. This is a very large literary universe folks. And have I already told you how hot Jamie Frasier is...so strong, so loyal??
But now that there is a television series based on the books airing on STARZ, there is a world of merchandise and books for fans to fawn over. My Jamie and Claire Funko Pop Dolls have already made an appearance on the Tomes and Tequila Instagram page.
Etsy you will find Jamie dolls, scarves inspired by Claire's wardrobe on the t.v. show, and jewelry galore. And then there are T-Shirts...egads!! I even feel compelled to purchase the new book Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook...and if you know me, you know how dangerous that could be (I burn things badly, and should probably just stick with drinking Scotch).
If you haven't stumbled across one of these books in the past couple decades, maybe it's time to give one a try. In my opinion the books get better and better as they go along. (My friend Kathy would disagree, but this isn't her blog now is it?) Take a peek at the show, it is absolutely beautiful. And spend a few minutes reading Diana Gabaldon's Facebook page, or Twitter feed...endless sassy entertainment. There's a reason this fandom is so large.
So, are you an Outlander fan also?? Books better than the show? Lord John Grey, or not a fan? Let me know...I love talking Outlander with people (not sure if you can tell).