The Official Guide to Seasons One & Two
Outlander! If, like me, you’ve read all the books (twice) and listened to the audio books (twice) and watched the Starz TV series and are suffering from a severe case of Droughtlander, you, my friends, have been given a reprieve!
This is an amazing, beautiful book that goes through the TV series episode by episode, and character by character. The photographs are simply breathtaking, and there are a lot of them.
I loved learning that the production is filmed on location in Scotland, and they have employed over 800 locals, a boon to any town. There are interviews with Catriona Balfe (Claire), Sam Heughan (Jamie), and Tobias Menzies (Frank Randall/Black Jack Randall), and they discuss their roles and how they play them. The casting is discussed, the scenery, the make up, the writers, the props, everything you could possibly have wanted to know about the show. The only thing I’m still wondering about is how they film Colum’s misshapen legs.
The executive producer and showrunner, Ronald D. Moore, contributes quite a bit. He worked on Battlestar Galactica, plus Roswell, Carnivale, and several Star Treks, to name a few. I learned that in a weird coincidence, Bear McCreary who scores the show, did his dissertation on Scottish music. And that he scored The Walking Dead, Black Sails, Battlestar Galactica, among others. I love the music so much that the first season theme song (the Skye Boat Song) is my ring tone.
And yes, Diana Gabaldon has a hand in this, she wrote the introduction.
This is a beautiful book and a must have for any Outlander fan. I savored every page!
10/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE MAKING OF OUTLANDER: THE SERIES by Tara Bennett. Delacorte Press (October 18, 2016). ISBN 978-1101884164. 240p.