If you don’t know this about me, I absolutely adore the Outlander series, both books and television. I found the books purely by accident in, of all places, a laundry room. New Yorkers are generous with their books and will leave them for others to discover, which is one of the many reasons why I love this city. I was doing laundry one evening and decided to peruse the stack of books left on what was called the Book Find in my building’s laundry room. I saw a copy of Outlander and thought the synopsis was intriguing, although it didn’t completely tell you what the book was about. But I grabbed it anyway and then promptly forgot about it.
Fast forward a few months later and the Internet was all atwitter (no pun intended) about a new series on STARZ called, low and behold, Outlander. A few of my friends were talking about it on Facebook and the name rang a bell, but I couldn’t place it. It wasn’t until a couple of days later that I remembered the book I found in the laundry room. I pulled it from my literal box of books and started reading it that night. And it was only because of purely superficial reasons: I saw a photo of Sam Heughan. That man looks like Zeus himself sculpted him from clay and blew the hotness genes all over him. If I was gonna stare at him for 13 episodes, I wanted to know why (but did I really need a reason?).
Reading Outlander, written by Diana Gabaldon, was one of the most emotional experiences I’ve had reading a book. The story about Jamie and Claire tore my heart into pieces, put it back together and then smashed it all over again. The last time I sobbed uncontrollably while reading was when I read the final Dark Tower book. It is truly an epic story that cannot be put into one genre, and that’s why I love it. The series on STARZ, starring Sam Heughan as Jamie and the amazing Caitriona Balfe as Claire, has become one of the shows I impatiently wait for each season. As with the books, I’ve cried uncontrollably during many episodes, and also wished for a cigarette after others. Sam and Caitriona have CHEMISTRY. So much so that many thought they were secretly a couple. I don’t care if they hate each other as long as they keep giving us that fire every episode.
Now that New York Comic Con is almost here and I’ve been going mad trying to figure out what panels, booths and other events to attend, I was happy to learn that I’ll have a seat at the Outlander panel on Saturday. The last time I went to an event for the show was a few years ago (see my story here Outlander Mid-Season Premiere (NYC)) and that was thanks to a benevolent soul who passed his tickets on to my friend. This time, I’ll get to walk in like a boss and see a sneak peak of what’s to come for the new season in November. I’ll be live-tweeting the event and also every day during NYCC so stay tuned! And if you’ve never read Outlander, give it a go and let me know what you think.