What did Diana Gabaldon think of the Outlander series premiere?

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Diana Gabaldon created the world of Outlander. On the anniversary of the series premiere, she shared her first opinions and thoughts, and some book fans may be able to relate.

If it wasn’t for Diana Gabaldon, the Outlander TV series would never have been created. After all, she created the novels more than 20 years ago, developing the universe and Claire and Jamie’s love story. So, what did she think when she first saw the Outlander series premiere?

The talented author has never skirted over elements she doesn’t like or the changes that she loves for the TV show. She also understands that not everything from the novel can be placed on the TV screens–there isn’t the time, there isn’t the budget, and sometimes the story doesn’t quite work for a TV episode.

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That being said, she caught herself thinking too analytically when she first watched the Outlander series premiere. Diana Gabaldon found herself thinking about things many books fans have when watching, such as why Caitriona Balfe’s hair is so much darker when her natural hair color is the brown that Claire’s is described as.

For the anniversary of the series premiere, Diana shared her honest first thoughts of the season. She also shares her relief about where the footage in Castle Leoch stopped with what we could have seen later.  It’s a beautiful insight into the mind of the author, who now makes the point that the books are the books and the show is the show.

So…four years! Today (August 9th) is/was the fourth anniversary of the premiere of Season One of OUTLANDER, the TV…

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While storylines may change for the show, the showrunners haven’t changed the actual books. The books still exist in the way that they always have. However, it looks like Diana caught herself at first thinking about the changes but is now able to view them as two separate entities herself.

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What were your first thoughts of the Outlander series premiere? Did you share any of Diana Gabaldon’s thoughts? Share your comments below.

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