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Watching and Reading: Outlander

Despite it being the year of no Doctor Who, I’m still extremely giddy about all the awesome SF/F and historical fiction television that is starting up again this Spring.  Lets just say there has been a couple of squee moments when I’ve realized that things like Outlander, Orphan Black, and 12 Monkeys have started being recorded by our PVR.

CowlI’m super happy to see that Outlander is back for another season and I’m looking forward to seeing that play out. Though I admit I’m a bit sad to see the show moving on to being set in France.  This sadness is a slightly odd reason — one of my favourite parts of the first season was the amazing costuming of the cast and the beautiful Scottish knits.  With the change in era and country we’re entering a complete different type of costuming, it’s still pretty awesome as far as historical clothing goes, but not quite as ‘wow I want to make that’ as knitwear.  Though all the knitwear from season 1 that I loved is still on my to-knit list, so despite all the inspiration I’m still not quite there.

(Briefly gets distracted by looking at patterns for Outlander inspired knitted cowls for the umpteenth time).

So far I’ve only watched the first episode of season two, but already I’m thinking I need to take another pass at Dragonfly in Amber.  The first book in the Outlander series stuck in my mind fairly well and I remembered enough of it do have a sense of how things were being adapted in the first season.  But after the first book things get a bit fuzzy and the plot starts to blur a bit between books.  I remember reading and liking the books. I can recall the major plot points but the intricacies and the order in which things happen are a bit muddled.

Long story, I’m probably going to reread the books.  I often struggle with tv/film adaptations of books I love and find myself being fairly critical about what is included in the adaptation.  But, the tv show is reminding me how much I enjoyed the books so I think it’s worth rereading even if it does contribute to viewing annoyance later….I just need to remind myself to appreciate the show for it is, that a 300 plus page book is a completely different medium, and that of course the picture in my head is always going to be cooler.

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