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July 21 2016 @ 09:01 am
Scenes you're glad they left out of the TV adaptation  
This is aimed at those who've read at least books 1 and 2 (and based on my poll, there's only one regular here who's not read any of the books yet -- so that one person may want to ignore the rest of this post!).

We've all grumbled about events or scenes (or even lines of dialogue) from the books that were left out of the TV adaptation but that we would have loved to have seen onscreen. However, are there any scenes that occurred in the books that you are happy/relieved that they weren't included in the show?

I have one from Outlander:

[Spoiler (click to open)]I am SO glad that they left out the whole "Claire vs the wolves" bit from the novel. There are a fair few scenes/events in all of Diana's books that make me roll my eyes, but that one -- I found that particular scene completely unbelievable. Even now, when I reread Outlander, I just skip that entire bit because it's just so ludicrous. So yes, very happy that Ron Moore and co decided to not have Claire singlehandedly take on (and down) a wolf.

Anyone else have any scenes they're glad didn't make it to the screen?
_celebrian_celebrian on July 21st, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
Sure, I'll play. ;-)

I'm glad that they changed things so it was Murtagh with Claire at Alex's bedside (and BJR's marriage to Mary). It still doesn't seem likely to me that Jamie would walk BJR to the English barracks. Not only is there all the personal stuff - and I know DG has said that this was Jamie showing he was still a man and could rise above what BJR did to him, but still - but the idea that the recognizable Red Jamie would walk to the English barracks never seemed likely to me.

I also like that they kept BJR there until Alex was dead. In the book, Jamie takes him away before the death and as his brother, I felt that he had the right to be there until the end.

Edited at 2016-07-21 02:54 pm (UTC)
siobhan63siobhan63 on July 21st, 2016 04:16 pm (UTC)
Totally agree with you on that. Given how hell-bent Jamie is on revenge any time anyone close to him is hurt or wronged, I too could never really buy him being THAT nice to BJR.
Jo Ann: AG: GIF Jesse nodding yesyeuxdebleu on July 24th, 2016 04:47 am (UTC)
I am in complete agreement with you.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on August 9th, 2016 11:22 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with this. At first, I kept thinking... Jamie's supposed to be there but I do remember thinking that made Jamie WAY TOO perfect. There is just no way Jamie would do that after everything BJR did to him.
siobhan63siobhan63 on July 21st, 2016 04:24 pm (UTC)
This isn't really a scene I'm glad they've left out, but rather a piece of dialogue which, while not entirely left out, I'm glad they don't use anywhere near as much as it appears in the books.

Jamie referring to Claire as "mo nighean donn".

The few times that expression has made it into the show, I find it sounds really clunky, awkward and fake (as in, not really a term of endearment). It's one of those things that reads better in your head. Maybe they've just stuck it in at the wrong times, but it always makes me cringe when they do use it. I think the worse instances of it in the show was during one of the Claire-Jamie sex scenes in season 1, but can't quite remember which. It was just horrible. No way would anyone say that at that point -- it sounded really rushed, like it's too long an expression to be used in that circumstance. Just cringe-worthy. The only time it's been used on the show well was the very first time Jamie says it -- in the wedding episode. I'd be totally OK with never hearing it again in the show.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on August 9th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh I love when he says that. I think JHRC doesn't sound right coming from Cait.
Jo Ann: Out: Jamie eating bannockyeuxdebleu on July 24th, 2016 04:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, the wolves vs. Claire was just plain stupid. It was totally unnecessary in the book and would have been just as unnecessary in the TV adaptation.

I was EXTREMELY unhappy with the scene of Claire going back through the stones at the end. The light she saw was exactly what Ron Moore said he DIDN'T want when Claire went through them the first time. I thought it was corny.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on August 9th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
I like the wolf scene but just not for a show. I was okay with it in the book but I'm so glad they left it out.
Jill aka Jo: BBT: Bazingasireesanwar on August 9th, 2016 11:24 pm (UTC)
The scene I'm the most glad they didn't use is when Claire tells Brianna she hated her for a while (when pregnant) because she had to leave Jamie. I never thought that was a good thing to say whether you really mean it or not.