The series follows Claire, a nurse from the 1940's, who travels through time (accidentally) to the 1740's. While there, she meets Jamie Fraser. They fall in love, and the series follows the ups and downs of their life together.
There are currently 8 books. I have read up to the fifth book- The Fiery Cross. I'm about a third of the way through it so far.
I adore this series. What I love so much about it is that it fits into so many different genres. Yes, there is romance. The relationship between Jamie and Claire is what holds the series together, but there is so much more than that. It's historical fiction. I learned more about the history of Scotland in the first few books than I ever did before. It talks about religion - Jamie is a devout Catholic. Diana Gabaldon does a good job of showing the horrible way Catholics were treated when England took over Scotland and when they tried to immigrate to the New World. The series has action (wars being fought), sci-fi (time travel), horror (some voo doo stuff happens when they first come over to the colonies). It's a series women can read and enjoy, but a man could also love it. In fact, I know several guys who read the series too.
The author takes a long time to write each book. It totally makes sense when you think about how much historical research she has to do to make each book accurate. She has mentioned in several interviews that she actually travels to the places in each book and researches the history in person. All of this just to make sure it is correct to the time period.
For me, it's more about the romance factor. I enjoy reading romance. The relationship between the two main characters is very well done. Who wouldn't love a man who says stuff like this:
I made sure to read the very first book before watching the television series. The first season is based off the first book, and it actually follows the book very closely. That's rare. There are only a few extremely minor things that were altered for tv.
|The promotional poster|
|Claire in her wedding dress|
|Jamie in his wedding outfit.|
I even adore the theme song and opening credits. It manages to capture the mystique of the show.
Plus, the fans are hilarious. Go to Twitter and search for #OutlanderPickupLines You will crack up laughing. This hash tag was created in honor of the wedding episode. Some of them are truly hilarious.
Have any of you watched the show or read the book? What do you think of it?