Tuesday, August 25, 2015

OUTLANDER Starz Original Series and the Adaptation of DIANA GABALDON'S Book

The Newsletters which came out before and during the episodes, were really telling of the details that went into depicting all of the descriptions given by Diana in every chapter.

1945 Inverness

Diana's description from book:

Of the B&B:

"Mrs. Baird’s was like a thousand other Highland bed-and-breakfast establishments in 1945; clean and quiet, with fading floral wallpaper, gleaming floors, and a coin-operated hot-water geyser in the lavatory".

Of the area:

“There’s no place on earth with more of the old superstitions and magic mixed into its daily life than the Scottish Highlands. Church or no church, Mrs. Baird believes in the Old Folk, and so do all the neighbors .” He pointed at the stain with one neatly polished toe. “The blood of a black cock,” he explained, looking pleased. “The houses are new, you see. Pre-fabs.” I looked at him coldly. “If you are under the impression that that explains everything, think again. What difference does it make how old the houses are? And where on earth is everybody?”“Down the pub, I should expect. Let’s go along and see, shall we? ” Taking my arm, he steered me out the gate and we set off down the Gereside Road. “In the old days,” he explained as we went, “and not so long ago, either, when a house was built, it was customary to kill something and bury it under the foundation , as a propitiation to the local earth spirits. You know, ‘He shall lay the foundations thereof in his firstborn and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.’ Old as the hills.”

Producers description from newsletter:

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