Can I nerd out on you guys for a minute? About 4 or 5 years ago, my friend Meredith and I were eating lunch together one day and talking about books we liked. I happened to mention my secret love for really good historical fiction. “Have you heard of the Outlander series?” she asked me. I hadn’t. “Oh, I think you’ll really love it!” she replied. Cue me checking out the first book from the library. And then promptly buying every single one that had been published immediately after finishing it. She was right — I got hooked.
I’ve been especially excited because after a grillion years in development, the story finally got made into a TV series, and is airing right now on Starz. Of course, Starz is like the one premium channel we don’t already subscribe to, so it’s now on my list. I kind of want to subscribe, let episodes pile up in the DVR, and then curl up later in the autumn and binge watch (oh, I’m sure Joe will LOVE that).
If you’re not familiar with the story and are wondering what I’m talking about, the backstory on Outlander is this: a young woman falls back in time to the mid 1700s through a Stonehenge-like structure in the Scottish Highlands, while on her honeymoon after the second World War. She ends up meeting a cast of characters, is forced to marry one of them, and romance, intrigue, and drama ensue. If you’re really dedicated, you can read all eight — yes, eight! — of the books that are currently published in the series. The original Outlander novel was published in 1992, and this thing is still going. As it happens, the eighth book was just released earlier this summer, and I really enjoyed it. For a series that is SO long and spans SUCH a length of time, there are always a couple story lines that aren’t as interesting; I thought this latest book was great though (I read it while in Paris!).
If you need an end of summer read, I highly recommend you get into the series. Fair warning though: besides being addictive, these books are LONG (the paperback version of the first book is 850 pages; others in the middle of the series are well into the 1000s), and many of the story lines are not for the faint of heart (think violence, but probably nothing worse than Game of Thrones). However, the characters are really unforgettable.
Are you guys watching the series? Had you heard of Outlander before? And have any of you read all the books? PS, the first two episodes are available for free right now on Starz website, if you want to check it out!