26 July 2020
Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published
on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner
of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the
most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first -
Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
Pick a book you have read and answer
the following questions
I choose Diana Gabaldon's
"Outlander." This is a book which is difficult to place in a genre.
It's sci fi (time travel), romance, historical fiction, adventure, etc.
1. Why did you pick the book?
I chose it because it's #1 in a so-far 8 series (with #9 due in the next year).
I have read all the books at least twice and know them quite well. Because
they are easy reading, I can pick one up and read at any point if I need a break
from the more serious book that I am reading.
2. What did you think about the
I first read it shortly after it was published and thought it was OK, but that's
about it. Several years later when there were 3 or 4 books in the series,
I went back and re-read it and was much more taken with it. The rest is
3. What do you know about the
Diana Gabaldon is very open with her fans. She is on Twitter and Facebook
and responds to anything anybody asks her. She is now in her late 60s,
lives in Arizona and has an apparently very happy marriage with 3 children (one
of whom is also a writer and publishes under the last name of Sykes!). She
has won several awards for her books and she appears in one of the episodes of
Season 1 of the TV series of "Outlander."
4. What’s the most memorable scene?
So many memorable scenes, but the first would be Claire's accidentally touching
a stone in Scotland and mysteriously transported back to 1743, where she is
rescued from attack by Black Jack Randall, a British knight, by a group of
Highlanders and meets an injured young man named Jamie.
5. How did the book make you feel?
It always makes me feel comfortable because I've read the series so much it's
like coming "home" to pick it up again.
6. How do you feel about the way
the story was told?
Gabaldon's skill at writing is probably the reason why I like these books so
much. She's a wonderful writer.
7. Which parts of the book stood
out to you?
There are so many memorable parts, but the evolution of the relationship between
the 20th century married Claire and 18th century young Jamie Frasier, their
marriage and falling in love (in that order) is the plot line that keeps the
story going through all of the books.
8. Which specific parts of the
protagonist can you relate to?
I don't know that I can relate to Claire, but I certainly have
enjoyed her story.
9. Which character did you relate
to the most?
Having just said I don't know if I can relate to Claire, she is the character I
relate to the most.
10. Share a line or passage from
"I believe you, but it would be easier if you were only a witch."
11. What did you think about the
The ending of the book was better than the ending in the TV series. After
a very emotional incident between Jamie and Claire, there is a beautiful scene
in a hot springs where she gives him some wonderful news.
12. Is the story plot driven or character driven?
Both, really. It is told in Claire's voice, which makes it character
driven, but it is definitely plot driven.
13. If the book was made into a
movie, what changes or decisions would you hope for?
The book has become a TV series, with Season 5 having just finished and Season 6
postponed due to Coronvirus. The writers have made many changes, while
still attempting to keep it true to the original book. Some of their
changes I'm OK with, others I wish they had not made.
14. How did the book change you?
I don't think it has changed me, but it sure has changed my reading habits.
15. If the book is part of a
series, how does it stand on its own?
I think each of the books can be enjoyed on its own, but the later books rely so
much on things that have happened in the earlier books that it would be
confusing if you started with, for example, book 6.