I mean REALLY love?
Our feelings must match our dedication no? If we are still here, still excited for April 10th (YES! 10th…Canada eh?) then we can be sure we are at least loyal. If we have gone…no longer interested…Outlander was simply a booty call for us. If we come back after it’s been on a while…Outlander was merely there when we wanted it to be.
I have been in love with this world for well over 20 years…(giving the 20 years years…just makes me feel old) and the distance has in fact made my heart grow stronger! Being withoutlander has only made me care more. Heightened the anticipation. It was like the LONGEST FOREPLAY EVER!
With Valentine’s Day here I thought this a good time to analyse the people have for this wonderful tale and what I came up with makes some sense (to me). If you are willing to do some critical thinking it may make sense to more people out there.
The whole book vs show comparison is where I grabbed onto this. It seems to me the only thing that is making some folks LOVE the books MORE than they already do – is the fact they are not in love with the show. Now, I have had this discussion before however, I will be looking at it from a viewpoint of “relationships“. It REALLY make sense these folks refuse to be budged or see another point of view.
Here is my take-
The book lover – Show hater (or knock at every turn but keep watching so they can continue knocking). Keep it clear…these are not synonymous – just a branch of folks. They have developed a clear and real bond with the Outlander books. One they will not shift. Outlander probably helped them through a very difficult time, they were able to rely on the book and where the story took them. They have such deep affection for the story and characters, to them…deviation from that is painful. In their view it changes the connection they had. For them, seeing the 2 as separate entities is to deny the power of the book. Change is a difficult thing for an individual because they likely have had change forced on them in the past and it was a huge struggle for them to deal with it. When they have the choice to embrace a change, they generally won’t because they CAN choose.
Expectations for this person will be high. In fact, they have it in their mind they won’t like anything so they set their expectation higher than anyone would be able to match. Sure fire disappointment awaits them.
The Book/Show Fight to the Deather (or engage in any debate trying to shut up anyone who says a negative word) I sat back and had to ask myself, why? As a fan of the books, as someone who loves Diana like she actually is a person in my bubble of life (and she is…We did lunch…no bull). Then it came to me. I do my very best to see everyone for who they are. Good and Not so good. I also know that people perceive things differently because of their experiences. SO, if I have a different perspective….it is very likely I process information differently. You can have an understanding of Book vs. Show for many reasons.
These are really the people who are MOST PASSIONATE. They love to argue or they love to be heard…or they believe arguing will change someone’s mind. All they really have to do is ask themselves “Will someone else’s argument change MY mind?” That answer is probably no. Heels dug in..that is all there is to it. Right is Right and that they are.
Comparing a book to its visual counterpart is kinda like comparing a studio recording to karaoke on a Saturday at the local pub. They might seem kind of the same – but – they really really aren’t. Something that would make their relationship easier is to be passionate just choose our battles wisely.
The Show/It’s Real Lifers – AKA Shippers. I took my time here. The way I see it is…these people LOVE LOVE. They LOVE LOVE so much, they want what they feel to be reality. As someone who walks through life with #AAPI, I refuse to call these folks names or say they are delusional. If they aren’t hurting anyone, then they….aren’t hurting anyone. These people believe in their hearts , anything can happen in this lifetime. They are the dreamers and many sweetly are living vicariously through the characters the actors have brought to life.
You can be assured that their imaginations bring things to life all the time. To me…that isn’t much different than those creating the show or Diana in writing her books.
So many are apt to jump on these people, try their best to prove them wrong and crush their spirits. They will argue it is to protect the people they are fixated on. It’s to make people see “the truth”. In all actuality, every public persona has people who fixate on them- if you take the time to REALLY think about it. They handle it the way they should. Not putting the spotlight on it, not encouraging or denying. Just allowing life to happen. It is a great lesson for others.
The truth is, those who fight against them also are coming from a place just as real to them as it is to those they argue with.
Both have a desire to be right – not truly make things right. The urge to be right comes from inside us.
There are some that will know the truth, and simply knowing it is enough. There is no desire to prove it. Then, there are those who are passionate to prove it. whether is be to have not only a personal satisfaction but so others can know it to. This comes from a desire to be seen as intelligent or dominant. We can analyse that till the dawn of a new civilization. Some very well might try…however, us today…will take it for what it is. People have a desire for acceptance, not only from others but wanting to validate themselves.
Those who are content- Love the books, Love the show.Love the flowers. Love the trees. Love love love love.
I like to be this one 90% of the time. But I am human. Some say this type of person is a pleb. Maybe because I’m one, I think these are the easiest going of folks. No need to cause waves when they are in the gentle current called life. They pick up the life preserver if they see a big wave is on its way. It’s all about peaceful serenity. Some will always see these people as sheep or suck ups. That is coming from their need to judge and that is ok. It doesn’t make them right. Be content, be easy to please…this means you are harder to disappoint.
When we see people’s views come from their innermost thoughts, experiences and being…it should be much easier to accept where people are coming from.
We all have a right to an opinion HOWEVER, that opinion is OURS. When we feel a need to try to convince others of our opinion, when we try to demean or belittle others for their opinion – it takes away our credibility. Opinion and fact are 2 different entities.
The fact is…the book and the show are separate entities. One is a book that describes things so you can live in it. One is the show, though based on the books, is not. It has the ability to bring the visual to you – so it does. In its own way. As all of our views of the story will relate to us…the show…simply can not do this.
I did not form this fact on my own. I took it from the mouths of those who created both. As taken from Diana Gabaldon’s blog “I think Ron D. Moore and Starz have done a wonderful job of adapting OUTLANDER into a 16-episode first season (they’ll be doing one season per book, assuming the first one is a success–and that’s up to you. I think it’s amazing, and hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!”
From an interview by Outlander TV News with Ron Moore “Ron: The second book is much more complex. It’s a more difficult book to adapt. As a result, it shifts point of view, it plays with time, it’s more political. It is dealing with the Jacobite rebellion. Most people in this country (U.S.A.) have never even heard of, so it is a challenge. We are always trying to play this to two audiences, the book fans and then the general audience who has no idea, and you have to play fair with both. The fans are looking forward to certain things and you want to satisfy that and you also want to surprise them. You want to catch them off guard, and sometimes you want to scare them, like “Oh my God, Frank (Tobias Menzies) is going up that hill! If he goes through time, I’m out of the show!” It’s great. I am sitting here watching and going, “Across America, people are losing their minds!” And that’s fantastic, and I enjoy that.” – Heehee…see…he wants people to go crazy? Why? Because he is a shit disturber…NAH! He just knows they will continue to watch…to continue to complain.
The common thread in both comments ADAPTATION. To adapt…to alter, to change…it’s going to be different is the bottom line. That…is the fact.
Now…how you deal with that, is completely up to you.
My advice is ENJOY your point of view.
ENJOY others and if you can’t enjoy them
…leave them to it.
What are you looking forward to the MOST?