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Meet Outlander, the Anti-Game of Thrones

Meet Outlander, the Anti-Game of Thrones

Women and Hollywood is on vacation this week. While our lights are out, we’ll be reposting our most popular posts of the summer.

Ever since I heard Starz was adapting Diana Gabaldon’s racy, time-traveling Outlander series, I’ve been hoping they don’t screw it up. It’s prime fodder for cable fare, with its resourceful heroine, period dress, sweeping Scottish vistas, and no small amount of bodice-ripping.

Or, to quote Taystee in the second-season finale of Orange is the New Black: "Lady travels back in time to Scotland… hooks up with this big, sexy outlaw type, and they be gettin’ it day in and day out. Yo, it’s hot!"

The names attached were promising: the show’s creator is Ronald D. Moore of Battlestar Galactica. His BG collaborator Bear McCreary did the music. The director of the first two episodes is John Dahl, whose female-noir film The Last Seduction is one of my longtime favorites (his Red Rock West and You Kill Me are pretty great too).

Well, I’m far from alone in my anticipation. At New York’s 92nd St. Y Monday night, Starz screened the first episode (premiering Aug. 9) and hosted a cast Q&A for a crowd of, to put it mildly, highly enthused Outlander fans. Female ones, by a very large and vocal majority. "I’ve never seen anything like it," marveled a fellow journalist as she dropped into her seat beside me in the theater.

I’m so delighted to say the premiere didn’t disappoint. The show’s gorgeous: it could go toe to toe with Game of Thrones for sheer cinematographic grandeur. Dropping us into the middle of World War II, the episode opens on Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) with her hands bloody and buried in a soldier’s gaping leg wound, barking orders at her fellow nurses. Shortly afterward, when the war’s end is announced, she stands back from the celebrating masses, swilling a bottle of champagne with world-weariness.

She’s a tough broad – and also happily married to Frank (Tobias Menzies), her academic husband. It’s worth noting that the first intimate scene between these two is him going down on her amidst some dusty ruins. Word, Ron Moore.

The plot takes its time working up to the pivotal event, in which Claire and Frank secretly observe a pagan ceremony being conducted at a Stonehenge-like circle by women – "druids, not witches," Claire corrects her husband – and suddenly she’s transported back in time when she touches the stones, arriving in the mid-1700s in the midst of a battle between English troops and Scottish Highlanders. She’s taken prisoner by the Scots, who bring her back to their home base to decide what to do with her.

So, remember how GoT took some of the consensual sex and relationships from the books and made them more rapey and generally more shitty for women? I feel Outlander has (deliberately?) done the opposite, tonally, playing up Claire’s ability to command and her clear intellectual advantage via modern medical knowledge. In this clip, she first meets love interest Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a wounded Highlander, when she pops his dislocated shoulder back into place, as his fellow soldiers amusingly stand around wincing.

One of the book’s central concerns is the idea of just how difficult it was to be a woman in the 18th century, let alone one with a 20th-century education and independence. Claire’s medical know-how will, eventually, get her accused of being a witch. But at the outset, anyway, Moore and Dahl’s focus is to introduce Claire as a force to be reckoned with, and showing how baffled – and, ultimately, grateful – her male captors are by her ability to heal wounds that would otherwise largely prove fatal.

To be fair, the first novel (and, possibly, the show) is hardly a feminist handbook. There are plenty of ensuing adventures that feature Claire being manhandled, nearly raped, thrown down on beds, and swept up into Jamie’s musclebound arms. One scene in particular between the two features a spanking that wanders into Fifty Shades of Grey territory. But Moore’s series is so firmly rooted in Claire’s fundamental smarts and survival skills that it seems unlikely to reduce her to some passive receptacle like the hapless Fifty Shades heroine.

Indeed, Moore said as much in the Q&A afterward, when asked about his search to cast the part. His main goal, he said, was to find "an actress who projected intelligence – which informs her adaptability, her sexuality. I needed to find someone you could watch think on camera."

He also added that the reason he got the idea for the show in the first place was the urging of his wife, who is a fan of the books.

About that Q&A: what surprised me most, at the panel’s entrance, was despite the cheering and shrieking for the very good-looking Heughan, the biggest round of applause was reserved for Gabaldon herself, who proved a hilarious and bawdy interviewee. When asked about her favorite scene in the Starz series, she chose Claire and Jamie’s wedding night, praising Moore for how beautiful and tender and passionate the scene was. "But," she nodded toward Heughan, "honesty compels me to add: you have one fine ass, man!" (The crowd, as you might expect, went nuts.)

I can see the criticism of this show from a mile away; Vanity Fair has already published a withering post questioning whether it really ought to be so blatantly targeted at women: "It’s a given that the rabidly devoted Outlander audience (a largely female readership who will pre-order each installment months in advance) will show up. But will the men?"

I really want Outlander to succeed; I don’t want it to be relegated to niche entertainment. But, news flash: women are not a niche. They are the dominant force in cable viewership, and they’re also becoming an increasingly powerful demographic at the movies, showing up in huge numbers at the box office this summer and proving that female-centric entertainment can equal big business. Just this past weekend, for example, Lucy kicked Hercules‘ ass.

And many of us female viewers are beyond tired of the rationalizations we need to make in order to enjoy big-budget adventure shows and films with complex plots and first-rate screenwriters that are still, by and large, primarily targeted at men. As I’ve mentioned here before, I often have a hard time reconciling my continued viewership (and, yes, enjoyment) of Game of Thrones with its abysmal treatment of most of its female characters. I adored Breaking Bad, but it depressed the hell out of me that so many fans hated Anna Gunn’s character while rooting for Walter White. I’m an ardent Doctor Who fan, but I do wish there was room in the Whoniverse for a female Doctor; no go on that score, not anytime soon.

So the arrival of Outlander really inspires in me, in response to Vanity Fair’s questioning whether the men will show up, a certain catchphrase making the rounds: "I don’t fucking care if you like it."

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Comments

Marcie Grossberg

Love Love Love Outlander!!!

Mallory K

…And one more obvious point – it couldn’t have been a fight between England and Scotland as in 1745 they were part of the same country. Ok, rant over…

Mallory K

‘…a battle between English troops and Scottish Highlanders’… pretty much sums up the woeful historical fudging around the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 in this show, and in general. The government troops in the Highlands were ‘British’, not just English; the majority of Scots were against the Jacobites (who also existed in England), and those Scots in opposition eventually helped put down the Jacobite cause, culminating in the Battle of Culloden. The 1745 rebellion was a fight between religious ideals and monarchical succession. Not Scotland and England. Saying all that, I am quite enjoying the show…

R

I'm a man of Scottish descent (there's even a town there that carries my last name). I see the show as a balance between 20th century feminine progress & 18th century chivalry. The modern world could do better with a tad less of the former & much more of the latter, in my opinion. In fantasy, I imagine myself as a more ginger/redhead Jamie.

In short, I'm a straight redheaded man of Scottish descent with an adventurous and carefree spirit, so this series absolutely positively has my interest. Why? Partially because women love it. Partially because of my heritage. And Partially because BSG is my favorite show of all time & we have Moore & McCreary back from that masterpiece. I'm in for the ride.

On a somewhat related note, Starz renewed "Black Sails", which I thought was all over the place, lacked cohesion, & had some VERY annoying characters. Starz cancelled "Magic City", which I actually liked. "Da Vinci's Demons" is a great show as well. Where am I going with this? I hope the ratings are solid & that the series lasts.

Liz

I love outlander a lot, but you don't have to degrade another show. The title of this article made me flat out angry.

Jennifer

My friend's husband lamented that he had seen all the episodes of Outlander so far (and several times over) and didn't have another episode to watch until Saturday. As women are or become interested in this show, they are pulling their male friends/husbands/counterparts along with them and these men are getting hooked.

Mister H

Yes, a strong female lead, but she has to take off her clothes. It is sad that many think a TV drama must have nudity to be authentic and engaging. Feel bad for the actresses. #Demeaning

Rachel Feldman

Nice review, Sara. However I'd like to add that in their first season OUTLANDER has hired only one woman director and in my humble opinion, that pilot could definitely used the hand of a woman calling action. While the oral sex scene could have been actually, well – sexy, a wide shot of her husband planting his face between her legs in one quick move felt anything but. We are not men with varied anatomy, guys. How about a shot of his hands gliding up her thighs, his fingers probing, him looking up at her, her looking down at him, an arched back, a gasp – ANYTHING other than a single wide shot of a brusk face-plant. I actually laughed. Also, why is she always giving these "come hither" looks? She is clearly a woman flush with hormonal desire. I think a woman director might be able to flesh out this sexually charged female character in a much more interesting fashion that with an arched eyebrow, a glimpse of garter and a pouty lip. Give the girl a little sexual power please!

Josh

I read the first book because I'm a sucker for historical fiction. I work in the history museum field so I'm always curious about the meshing of the past and pop culture. It just wasnt very compelling, a lot of episodic "adventures" with no real progression to anything. The part when her explanation to Jamie of the future is reduced to a paragraph was where I mentally checked out and started skimming. Saw the pilot. its like Downton Abbey, pretty to look at. I like Moore so I'l lstick with it to see if he can make it more interesting than the book.

Cry Baby No professional

This girl made a spectacle of herself on Twitter. I hope Indie wire thinks twice about sending a fan to do a journalists job next time. This is my first and last time to this page. Please!

saza

Great article, thank you!

Barbara

I also saw the HighlightHollywood article. Definitely copied from this.

Corinne

I loved your review! You really seem to get what Outlander is about.

I just wanted to bring to your notice that I believe someone is plagiarizing your lovely article, most of it copied word for word. It won't let me post the link, but the website is highlighthollywood dot com.

Fawn

Great review! You did your job, and did it well. Obviously did your homework unlike many other reviewers and interviewers. Entertainment is so very personal. Some may love a book or a show some not so much. If your going to do a review or an interview know what your talking about (as you do) It's nice to see some people still take pride in their work. You have a new fan yourself! I will not hesitate to read your work again. (BTW I agree with most of what you said and with the other comments below about Outlander. It's a great book series and I believe will be a great TV series as well.)

NameRenee

Your CommentMy strapping 6'3" husband loves these books as much as I do. They are NOT "just for women" whatever that means. If your definition of "just for women" means action, adventure, history, and sex then I guess that means Outlander is just for women. I would submit that men love those things too. Come on guys, give Outlander a chance. If you find it threatens your manhood just by watching it then I will say my husband who will be watching it with me is three time the man that won't. Jesus H Roosevelt Christ I'm looking forward to this series!

KarenDC

Sara, thank you for the thoughtful and refreshing article.

So tired of being talked down to, ignored, dismissed merely because I am a woman in general and one over 50 specifically. . . especially don't like it when it is done by another woman. (cough_VT article_cough)

Bravo to you! You understand, we have strong opinions, are intelligent, and have the power of the purse. Here's a newsflash (and as you stated in your article) just because we like a book does not mean it is a bodice ripper or we should be dismissed. (Getting worked up all over by the VF article, again.)

Corporations would do well to pay attention. We are vocal, passionate, often decide how money is spent on entertainment in the household (i.e. cable channels, books, movies). We also like intelligent topics (we women are more than shoes and clothes, i.e. Sex in the City), and we appreciate a smart, strong yet loving female lead, as in Claire.

Diana Gabaldon has given us a rich, multi-faceted world in Outlander. We couldn't be more pleased with the production team, cast, crew, location and dedication Starz has given to the project. We hope for many more seasons.

Amber

Outlander is definitely not just for women. I think the story is compelling enough that anyone could like it given the chance. It's possible it may have such a big female support system right now because it's classed as a historical romance novel. I really don't see too many men reading romance novels. Although, I did talk my husband into listening to it on a very long road trip and he enjoyed it.

Angie

Thank you for such a well-informed review of Outlander. There is so much more to the books than boddice-ripping, and your review shows this. I hope more people realize, as you have, that women are not a niche and we do not need to have television made just for us.

Dawn

Thanks, Sara, for this thoughtful and pointed POV piece. And I agree. People have knee-jerk reactions to what they perceive as 'bodice ripper" literature or film. Perhaps that was part of Vanity Fair's bias? Whatevs. People who read these books are not half-wits or ignorant of women's issues: quite the opposite. We like the books because Diana Gabaldon has created a world with fully-formed characters living lives while more exciting (sometimes wonderful, sometimes horrid) than the average bear's but still based in real human emotion. Claire and Jamie are perhaps one of the best-developed husband/wife teams in all of literature. Obviously, I love the books. Almost every woman I know who has read them loves the books. My husband loves the books. And I'm hosting a big party for the Starz premier and every week thereafter.

Sabrina

Finally, an honest, informative and true review! Thanks for taking the time to understand Outlander. Pigeonholing this great tale into one genre is not an option. The stunning fan base, female and otherwise, will lead the grand reception. From there … NO LIMITS! If naysayers pause while walking past the TV, they'll be happily lost to this world, as so many of us gratefully are! Counting the days now…!

Brittainy

Thank You!! I am so excited to see it!

Holly

Thank You! Yours is THE anti- Vanity Fair article! I am one of those Outlander Devotees, (since 1997-98) and I have repeatedly told people it's much, much more than can ever be described. It .is. A. Must. Read. As for the series? Well, as Diana has said, on countless occasions; Fuirich Agus Chi Thu!
I pray it reaches the heights it deserves. And as for being targeted at a female audience? It's about bloody time we are offered something of value!

BostonApril

Fantastic article. The Anti-Vanity-Fair article, in fact! My only wish is that you'd put a spoiler warning before revealing the one "not in the books" spoiler that is in the first episode. It would have inflamed me had I not already seen it twice. I've actually suggested that fans hold off reading this article, as wonderful as it is, because I do not want that bit ruined for them. There are so few "added" scenes that lifelong fans of the series will look forward to those things to hit them freshly.

Pam

So glad I'm not the only one who is tired of the whole bleeding entertainment world being catered to what men might like or want to see.

Lori Ryser

Perfect! You have hit on all of the points that make this an absolutely engrossing book series; the aspects that will make it a huge TV success; AND you have verbalized (very eloquently, I might add) why this is not ONLY for women, and why it's OK if it is!!! Thank you for knowing what you're talking about!

Kathryn

After the drivel of an article from Vanity Fair it was refreshing to read your article. Thank you.

Kathy C

Sara Stewart for President!!! Brava!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathy C

Sara Stewart for President!!! Brava!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ann J.

Thank YOU!! Your article was phenomenal – well thought out and right on. Television, films and society in general need to remember we as women have a right to programs that honor us and embrace us. We have the right to be heard and respected. Your article said it all and with dignity.

Lisa Branford

Thanks for treating Outlander and its fans with respect. Can we call you the anti-Joanna Robinson?

Catherine

Great article! As a 20+ year fan of the Outlander series I am beyond exciteted to see it come to life! As a GoT fan (both book and series) I do not really compare the two. One is pure fantasy with absolutely no historical references at all – pure fiction. Which is one of the things I like about it. The Outlander series is different, aside from the fantasy of time travel, and to try to compare the two does both of them an injustice.

Laureen Vanghel

Bravo! Best Line ever – "I don't *#@*#*@ care if you like it." The article is fantastic, and this was the topping!

Krista

Sara, thank you for a well written article that, I feel, sums up how the people who love the book feel about the series. We love Jamie and Clare. We love that Diana shared them with us and have made them so real.

Lisa

Yes! LOVE your review. I've been so stoked on this book series for a long time. Claire is the shit, and I am so happy that we get to "see" her!

brandi burkett

Rock on Sara Stewart. And to think just this morning on the Today Show they did a feature article about how modern women think we no longer need feminism. It's still a man's world baby, at least when it comes to entertainment.

Susan Van Hoven

Thank you so much for this very thorough, and honest review. I think that the people who love this story/saga deep down inside are responding to the real portrayal of a strong, courageous woman like the women they know everyday and not some male (or female) fantasy of women of the "gentler" sex. I see myself in a lot of Claire's personality and feistiness. As one of the male characters says at one point, that Claire is not like other women of the time because she stands up for herself. I think readers and viewers will find also that the controversial spanking scene ends up with Claire surprising Jamie with a diehard attitude that says, you will not be able to get away with this anymore. I believe there are a lot of firsts that Claire initiates as far as male/female relationships and the fact that Jamie is open to learning from her endears his character to us even more. Thank you, thank you, again. Much appreciated.

Christine

Thank you for a review from someone who has obviously read the book (or maybe books) and recognizes that while the massive fan base, which I am proud to be a part of, is excited for the actors, much of admiration goes to the creator, Herself, Diana. Without her PhD intellectual wit, ability to traverse a library, and strong desire to write a novel, none of us would be so enriched with an escape such as the "Outlander" novels provide. It has been my escape through multiple combat deployments my husband has served. All I can say is that while I am extremely eager to watch the adaptation on screen and see the story come to life, DG deserves the reward of the loudest cheers.

Michele

Thank you very much for a fantastic article!

Clarehoo

Yeah! This was spot on. Hi5 Sister :)

Kathy McCullough

Great article! Finally someone who has read the book and can appreciate the talent of Diana Gansldon. I am not sure why she was surprised that Herself received the grandest appreciation from her loyal fans. It is Diana, we are thrilled to be in her presence.

DH1987

As I said in a comment on that Vanity Fair post (in which the writer knocked down a bale of straw men—book fans will fight with show fans; men will hate Outlander; the credits are too romance-y), Starz has made clear its plan for Outlander isn't a four-quadrant, tentpole strategy. It doesn't have to attract men to succeed. CEO Chris Albrecht is programming for women (Flesh and Bone is about the ballet, for crying out loud, and he pursued a TV series based on 50 Shades of Grey) to help broaden the traditional audience of older men for premium cable channels. I'm not sure why this is so hard for critics to understand, since he said so in words of two syllables at the Television Critics Association July get-together. Like all good shows, Outlander will attract its share of fans across demographics, but I don't see the point in setting expectations the show was never meant to meet and then worry about it failing.

Dana

Bravo!!! Great article!!

Kari

Well said! And I agree. I have been waiting for this for 20 years, I really don't care if it doesn't bring in a lot of male viewers….we women will carry it through this season and all the ones to come.

Tracey

Fantastic article. So happy you liked the series.

Michele

Standing ovation to you for this!

Carla

Hi. I can see you already watched the 1st episode. Thanks a lot for sharing your impressions! Could you tell me one thing? does it have frontal nudity like Game of Thrones? Or some nudity besides Heughan's ass? :P That's something I'm very curious about.

Lori Mills

Who do "they" think live with women? Men. Who do "they" think like action, violence, and sex, not necessarily in that order? Men. I'm speaking in generalities here, but you get the picture. It was a brilliant move by STARZ to design the PR of Outlander towards the millions of women who are already fans. They know us women will lead our men to the stunning visualization of this beautiful story with outlandish results!

Kim S

Well done! Thank you for a well written researched article.

cdoucette

Thankyou

Angie Y

Now this is a review I can get on board with! Note – Outlander is in no way, shape, or form ANYTHING like 50 Shades of Whatever!

Lisa

Outstanding article! Thank you. Yes I'm weary. Oh so weary…of the drivel that most creators/producers/TV execs tout as "entertainment for women." And one more thought…no female Doctor? Are you forgetting Doctor Donna? I know not really…but sort of and we can dream.

Angela

Fantastic article! You… Totally get it and then some.

Tafkah

Most series are geared for men – GoT, Black Sails, Sopranos, etc. Yes, Outlander's fanbase is mostly women (there are some Outmanders there – mostly husbands trying to figure out why their wives are laughing out loud, giggling or eyeing them like the main course at a lunch buffet after reading the books). The bottom line though is it is an adventure tale with sex and violence, blood and guts. If guys give it a chance, I bet they'll be hooked.

Raven

Please…no more mention of bodice-rippers or Fifty Shades. *cringes* That's not what Outlander is about.

Other than that, well said! Adult women are a force to be reckoned with and it's high time we were taken seriously and valued as such. Thank you for recognizing that and stating it so eloquently. Excellent review and article.

auntgoggie

I love your last line! The thing about these books as I read (listen to audio) over and over is that the story is exciting and timeless. These characters are real and we are invested in what happens to them. That is Diana's genius. I believe that Ron D Moore and team are on the same page. Cannot wait!

Joe

oh my god Indiewire still thinks it was a rape scene

Jessica

There are more women in the world than men, so does it really matter if men like it or want to watch? If you want it to succeed, please, do not even compare it to the horrid 50 Shades. Claire's spanking scene was not even close to anything from that book, or even sexual for that matter, until after the fact. But, besides these two grips, it was a good article. PS. GoT is really over-rated in my honest opinion. Great cinema, though.

Frances Berndt

The 'bodice ripper' thing is actually a well aimed joke from the author. Diana, if I recall correctly from twenty years ago, was dismayed by the romance 'bodice ripping' genre, and wrote that scene tongue in cheek.
I guarantee this series is going to catch on like wildfire. It has an appeal to all shapes and sorts. My 18 year old daughter is looking forward to it for the same scenes Herself is looking forward to see come to life. My husband, for the historical fact. Myself. Well, because I've been a fan (as you pointed out) since I was twenty something and have waited half my life for this series. Cheers to the powerhouse the fan base is, we will pull in our loved ones by the droves and this series is going to be a phenomena.

Rhonda

Great article! Great review!

Kate Cherrett

Loved your article – finally someone who has read the books and actually "gets" what Outlander is all about. Kudos

Tamara J

Very well done, but can we pahleeeeeeeeeze ban "bodice-ripper" from our vocabulary? Jamie ripped Claire's bodice once to prove a point and embarrass a young Lord John, and Claire gave him the devil to pay! My husband who, because he is married to one of the Original Seven Ladies of Lallybroch, has gotten to meet and have lunch with Herself, is very much looking forward to The Series. Not only is it the Anti-GOT, but it is the antithesis of a romance novel. As Diana describes it, she's writing about the life of two people very much in love. Sex is but a part of that love. (It is also so far beyond FSOG t o compare them just makes Outlander that much better…)

Melanie Friedman

Just a quick stop to thank you for an interesting, informative and honest pov. That VF article left a bad taste in my mouth not for the opinion the author of it wrote, but for the way she said it.
I must say that my hubby's tastes vastly diverge from mine when comes to reading and especially entertainment. He loves movies such as bad Santa while Last of the Mohicans is my fare, however we have found a few shows to share and love together, such as Mr. Selfridge, Battlestar Galactica, Copper and Ray Donovan. In our home, I am the crazy GoT fan, while he can't stand the show, so go figure!
He knows that I'm a huge Outlander book fan, and while I've read those books ten ways to Sunday, he never was interested to do so, but from the glimpses here and there, told me that if the show is well written and authentic to the time period, he'll give it a go.
I believe there's a lot more men out there that will come to enjoy it as much as the women.

Mel

Audrey Thornton

Amazing article! Great to see others recognize that strength in a woman isn't necessarily a threat to men. Jamie knew it. Maybe more men will learn it through the series.

calihanna

I am very happy to read an Outlander review obviously written by someone who has read all of the first book and quite possibly the entire series! Thank you!

Twilight

Overall good article. But it was a dislocated shoulder Jamie had, not a broken arm. And the "spanking" in NO way approaches the S&M for sexual play that occurs in 50 Shades. Claire was given specific orders by Jamie for the safety of the group. For her own self centered needs, she went against what he ordered, and put the entire group of men in extreme danger. As he would have done with any of his men, and because of the other men, he HAD to "punish" her to impress upon her the gravity of what her actions had done.

tony

As a man and a fan, I say bravo. Although the show obviously resonates with women, I think that many men will enjoy this show.

Cait is stunning and is very sexual. What guy does not like a woman who likes sex? There's plenty of action, political intrigue and twist and turns.

This show should be a smash hit.

Eve

It was a dislocated shoulder, not a broken arm.

Elizabeth Richards

Can I just say Bravo f@#ing spot on love it thank you for not dismissing this female fan but understanding we like Claire Randall are a force to be reckoned with as does Jamie Fraser as well thank you thank you thank you

Ashley

Great article. I'm a big Game of Thrones fan, and don't recall any handwaving about Game of Thrones having "things women will like!" when it premiered a few years ago. As such, it's makes me cringe whenever I hear people try justify why the Outlander series is worthwhile to men and has elements that will appeal to them. Who cares if men like it? Outlander stands on its own as a fantastic book, and I don't think simplistic pandering (guns! war! bewbs!) is going to convince men of that. Either they'll like it for what it is or they won't.

Fans know that Outlander's genre is beyond classification, but it's really quite sad that the genre of romance, and anything remotely akin to it, has been relegated to a second-class form of fiction in the eyes of the general public. Odds are that the pasty internet trolls who will, undoubtedly, find reason to poke fun at this series, are going to be men who can't countenance the idea of women watching a series that features a male character who is far and away more socially, physically, and intellectually capable than them.

Marifel

*high five* That. is. ALL.

jen

Been reading the books for over 20 years. I've said its the antiGoT myself; but only because DG hardly EVER kills anyone off, thus expanding the number of storylines with each book.

Rita Bowen

Very well said BRAVO!We have some very strong women in our Outlander groups Drs, Lawyers, some very good nurses, stay at home caregivers.Women who have lost Sons and Daughters and didn't lose our minds because Diana wrote these books.I know for me if she hadn't wrote about how Claire made it through losing Faith
I may not have

Karen G

Excellent review! From just the bits and pieces of the show I've seen I think the female fans will keep the series going for years to come.

Kay

Seems to me Claire held her own in both the books and the series, it was 18th century Scotland, FFS, not 21st century anything. It was a male dominated society and she still functioned and thrived. If they dont like it, they can go watch Zena Warrior reruns.

SherryLynn

Enjoyed the read…except the comparison to the 50 shades element. Outlander written 20 years before that and the scenes tone is vastly different from a poorly executed view of BDSM.

Bethwesson

A question. Can you elaborate on what your fellow journalist meant by she had "never seen anything like it" Proud of the crowd for reserving largest applause for DG. She's kept us entertained for over 20 yrs.

Kathy Neier

Well written and appreciated by this Outlander/Diana Gabaldon fan. Especially appreciated the last few lines in the article regarding the Vanity Fair article.

Bethwesson

Thank you for this. You've managed to encapsulate what we fans have believed for a long time. Some one on twitter pointed out that a Sat night audience might include a lot husbands and significant others ;) Smart men in my opinion!

Carrie Molloy

THANK YOU. If men like it, that is fantastic, but who the freak cares? I'm pretty sure we women can keep this show running for many years.

Laura Carmichael

Excellent points! Outlander truly is the anti-GoT. Also because there is so much more depth an richness to the story, the characters, the relationships, the cultures. I love what Ron D. Moore and Maril Davis (Producers) have done – their intelligence, heart, and care shines through in myriad details and moments. Outlander the show will epic and amazing to watch! Over and over again…

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