The Outlander TV show will have no affect on the books

Outlander -- Courtesy of STARZ -- Acquired via STARZ Media Center
Outlander -- Courtesy of STARZ -- Acquired via STARZ Media Center /

Worried about some horrible rumors that the Outlander TV show will affect the direction of the books? That’s not going to be the case at all!

An article went around recently claiming that Diana Gabaldon had said the Outlander TV show is going to affect the books. I’m sure you’ve seen it doing the rounds and many of you will have not bothered clicking because you know the truth.

Herself probably didn’t read the article at all—and good on her—but did point out that the title was fabricated. At no point is the TV show going to affect her books. After all, she says she’s writing 30 years or so beyond where the TV show is.

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There’s no way that the TV show could affect the books, especially at this stage. Gabaldon is onto Book 9, titled “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone,” and she says she has two months of writing left on that. Afterward, there will be a 10th book in the series and that is going to be the last within this set of stories. However, there will a prequel about Jamie’s parents.

With the show telling the books’ stories (for the most part), there’s no way that any of their changes could affect Diana Gabaldon’s writing. And, let’s be honest, Gabaldon has never said that this could be the case. It’s not like the show will ever catch up to the books. That’s something we’ve known for a long time.

I personally read the article just to see where the writer was getting their information from. At no point did anything within the article support the title.

Don’t worry book fans! The show isn’t going to change anything in the story to come.

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What do you hope to see in Outlander Book 9? What’s been your favorite novel so far? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander Book 9 will be finished by the end of this year. Follow Claire and Jamie on Twitter for the latest updates and news.