The Outlander fan base is huge and it spans the entire world with fans in as different places as Japan, Australia, Italy, Canada, Argentina and Norway. With the advent of the Starz TV adaptation this fan base has grown significantly, adding to it a lot of TV-show-only fans. A number of these have fallen so much in love with the show that they have read the entire series afterwards, but many are reluctant to start this admittedly daunting project because why read SO many pages (close to 9000 pages for the eight books so far) when you can just watch it on TV? Well, let me se if I can convince you to start anyway.
1. The great thing about seeing a movie or TV series first and then reading the books afterwards is that you have the characters already in your head so you don’t get disappointed by their looks like you might if you do it the other way around. In this case, you get to spend even more time in the company of Claire, Jamie, Dougal and all the other great characters since reading the book will probably be a bit more time consuming than 16 hours of television – but also that much more rewarding. And consider this – you get to enjoy the story twice. If you want to find out how long it would take you to read the first book, visit this page where you can time yourself reading. How Long to Read Outlander
2. It is just an extremely well written, action packed romantic story. Once you get started you simply don’t want to stop until you are all done, and let that be a small warning, too. Allow me to quote Diana Gabaldon here, since she say is so nicely: “If you’re unsure about it, open the book anywhere and read three pages; if you can put it down again, I’ll give you a dollar.” (“A Trail of Fire” page 376). Also, the show and the book(s) complement each other perfectly. What you don’t get in one you will find in the other.
3. Diana Gabaldon goes to great lengths to research her books and make them as historically accurate as possible while at the same time being so entertaining and existing that you don’t even realize that in fact they are minor history lessons made palatable in the nicest way possible.
4. By reading the book(s) you get so much more background information than it is possible to convey in the show. You really get into the characters, the 18th century and the whole story around it. You get to know their thoughts and their reasons for doing as they do in much more detail, and when you love the world of Outlander, detail really is of the essence, at least that is my firm belief. It will only be to your advantage to know all the details before the next installment takes off this spring.
5. There is no knowing how far Starz will go with this show. Will we get to see the end of the story on screen? Ultimately it doesn’t matter that much (to me, at least) because YOU CAN JUST READ THE BOOKS. Provided of course, that Diana Gabaldon keeps writing.