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March 05 2016 @ 08:16 am
Future seasons and book splitting  
I know it's a bit early to be talking about future seasons (e.g. a season 3, 4, etc.) before season 2 has even started, but I read something in the EWeekly article on Outlander that raised the issue. Diana Gabaldon implies that if there is a season 3, given the length of Voyager, they might have to break from the 1-book-per-season format they've attempted to adhere to for the first two seasons.

I can see that Voyager would require a different approach. It's almost two entirely separate stories. There's the first half, where Claire and Jamie are apart for 20 years following Culloden and Claire's return through the stones to her own time, and we learn what happened to both of them during that time. Then there's the second half, after Claire goes back through the stones and reunites with Jamie. They can't really gloss over what happens during the 20-year separation as there are so many key events that happen (particularly to Jamie), that will be important further down the road. The question is, if they did break up the book that way, one season dedicated to the twenty years Claire and Jamie were separated, and the following season beginning with them reuniting after 20 years, would fans (mostly the non-book readers I think) be happy with a full season featuring Claire and Jamie apart?

That sort of division of the book would also mean that season 3 would be very Frank-heavy, and I know (but don't get) that there is a lot of hatred of Frank out there. I saw some of the comments aimed at Maril Davis when the 2nd season 2 trailer came out -- the one that has Frank at the end saying he's so very grateful that Claire's back -- and some people were absolutely livid that Frank was shown at all. (Caveat -- I don't really get "into" shows or books on that level -- I'm not at all fannish in that sense, so these sorts of reactions just baffle me beyond words.)

Of course, they could break up the book differently. They could have most of the season focus on the twenty years apart, then have Claire go back to the past, and maybe end the season with Ian's kidnapping and Claire and Jamie's decision to go off after him to try to get him back. Then the fourth season would be mostly the at sea and Jamaica part of Voyager. Or maybe they'd find some other way to split the book into two.

Any thoughts on how you'd handle book three if you were the producer? The only other thing I'll add is if they break up other books into two seasons, by the end of this run, they won't have to "age up" Sam and Cait anymore...
Jo Ann: AG: GIF Jesse biting lip--worriedyeuxdebleu on March 7th, 2016 02:45 am (UTC)
It's going to be a challenge for the Outlander team to figure out. And you can be sure that however they handle it, some people will be upset. That's a given.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 7th, 2016 07:52 am (UTC)
Make sure you are putting future spoilers behind spoiler cuts. We don't want to ruin things for the TV Fans.
siobhan63siobhan63 on March 7th, 2016 11:47 am (UTC)
I did put stuff behind a cut with the tag that it would be spoilery for non-book readers -- so I'm not sure if you mean the little bit (1st paragraph) that wasn't behind a cut should have been as well?

Edited at 2016-03-07 11:51 am (UTC)
Jill aka Jo: Sherlock: Mollysireesanwar on March 9th, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
You did didn't you. Okay then. I guess because when I clicked on it... it just showed the whole post. Maybe a warning too inside the cut then. I tend to use both the LJ cut and the Spoiler cut (the little eye on the post edit bar) on the things I think might be too spoilery but even a warning inside the cut for those getting it in there email is great too.

I don't mean to be picky either. You're awesome! I love how much you post goodies for the fans. It is great and has been such a help with everything going on. My mom was in the hospital and after care and appointments plus work have been killing me. So you are tremendously helpful. In fact, I wondered if you'd like to be a Moderator here. I'm always thankful for the help.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 7th, 2016 07:57 am (UTC)
[Spoiler (click to open)]I think season three having Claire remembering her time with Frank while having Brianna and Roger looking for Jamie and then going to find him would be great. I think ending with Ian being taken by the pirates would be great. It would give them time to put off the swashbuckling part of the story a little. That would definitely feel like another season.

I do they will break it with her possibly going back and leave us to wait a whole year to see the reunion.

I don't mind Frank being in the story. He's part of Claire's story. And it makes sense for viewers to see Frank. I think fans need to get over it. Why complain that you get our story at all.
siobhan63siobhan63 on March 7th, 2016 11:53 am (UTC)
Re: Frank. Exactly. And Tobias Menzies is such a great actor, it would be a shame not to make full use of him.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 9th, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
I totally agree.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 22nd, 2016 05:02 am (UTC)
It's true. I've always liked him as an actor. I was really excited to know he was going to be Frank/Jack and my opinion of him has only grown.
Kaylee Winchesterroguem on March 9th, 2016 02:15 pm (UTC)
Might be an idea for them to not follow the books to closely with regards to the seasons. It can get very restrictive after a while. There are several parts in the books they could use as breaks between the seasons.