*New* Diana Gabaldon’s Interview with Design & Trend   3 comments

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From Design & Trend:

Diana Gabaldon, author of the “Outlander” novels, which have, as everyone knows, been adapted into a hit TV show, isn’t confident enough, at the moment, to pen an episode for the Starz series.

“When [showrunner] Ron [Moore] and Maril came to talk to me, Ron asked me if I’d be interested in writing an episode. I said I think not, or at least not now,” Gabaldon told CBR. “For one thing, this is a really important season. It’s kind of vital. If anything goes wrong, I don’t want it to be my fault [laughs].”

Plus, like most novelists, Gabaldon is a loner.

“Another consideration is that I’m not a team player. I’m so used to being god in my own universe. I have total control over what happens in a book,” she said. “And television writing is not like that at all. I have a number of friends who are television writers. I’ve heard about it. Ron and Maril had me come and see the writers’ room and meet all the writers, with whom I got along with beautifully. Having seen how they do work, I think I could work with them. Coming into it cold, I don’t know.”

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The “Outlander” series has been praised for its three dimensional female, and male, characters. In fact, Caitriona Balfe, who plays Claire on the show, credits the series’ strong, independent women for its enormous success.

“Often on a male-driven show, you have these cardboard cut-out female characters in the background. I think people are ready for a more balanced environment with amazing male and female characters,” Balfe recently told Digital Spy. “People want to see relationships where they can relate to both characters — and I think that’s why ‘Outlander’ has that great, even split between the two sexes.”

Which is why the spanking scene in last week’s episode, “The Reckoning,” caused such an uproar—some believed it was sexist. Both Balfe and co-star Sam Heughan disagree with such an interpretation, arguing that Jamie’s “punishment” was simply emblematic of the time period.

“I think when you see, you really understand that you have to view it in the mind of 1743 and that in that time it was an acceptable thing,” Balfe said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“For Claire, it is so unimaginable and so horrible that it’s also, what I love about how the writers dealt with it, they allowed her a long time to forgive him and for them to make up afterwards.”

“The fact that we see it from Jamie’s point of view, we’re beginning to understand the world she’s inhabiting,” added Heughan. “Where he’s coming from, the reason he has to do it, the duty, the responsibility that he’s got, whether he wholly believes it’s the right thing to do he knows he has to do it to protect her, to protect themselves. It’s certainly a theme that’s carried through for the rest of the season, his duty, his responsibility, trying to find some common ground.”

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  3. It would be awesome if Diana wrote an episode. It would have the feel of the writing i the book and for diana to be able to write it the way she would like to see it transpire, would be amazing.
    Nan

    Nanette Martell

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