Yes, I am one of the multitude of fans who love Outlander. Let me qualify that. I love the books. I like the series also but the books often leave me speechless while the show does not. It is a good show, if you get a chance to see it.
Here’s what happened. About a year and a half ago, I got an email from a discount book service. One of the offerings was Outlander, the book not the series of books. Just the first one. I read the synopsis. I thought, “Hmm, interesting.” Being of Scottish ancestry, I decided, Why not? I bought it for .99 cents.
I read it from cover to cover over the next few days. I was in love. I loved the characters but what really got me going was the use of language. The beautiful, almost poetic prose brought me to tears. That in itself was a major accomplishment because in general, I’m not much of a crier.
The best thing it did however, was fire a long dormant enthusiasm to write. I had done some stuff when I was younger. Never finished short stories. Never finished novels. Poetry and songwriting.
After Outlander, I sat down and began a novel that is now at 70000 words and soon to be finished. I’ve written 1 and a half short stories. I have found my voice and I hope my style.
I was completely shocked when after finishing most of the books, that there was going to be a TV show. Maybe that was why the book was on the sale site. I saw that I was a newcomer, but fortunately not to late. These books had been around 20 years. Why had I never seen them?
I have loved all the books in the series. Especially, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Why? The magnificently magical prose of author Diana Gabaldon. I must thank her if I ever meet her.
So, this post is about a book that inspired me. It also reminded me why I love to read. A book can move me emotionally as nothing else can.
Have no fear, I am not switching to an Outlander blog. I just felt a need to give credit where credit is due. I am partly who I am today because of reading Outlander.
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