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Friday, July 12, 2013

Please meet Sam Heughan aka Jamie Fraser

Sam2Happy Friday everyone! I thought I should make a quick post to keep you all in the loop in regards to my latest obsessions, Twitter & Facebook sharings.

Let's back up for a minute for anyone who does not know that I've been a fan of an author named Diana Gabaldon for quite some time.

I was introduced to her books by my sister-in-law Kristina as well as my ex-teacher & friend Linda from Santa Barbara. Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series spans 7 books so far (book 8 is out next March). Her books fall into the historical fiction category but with an interesting time travel twist. It's honestly hard to describe.

I absolutely love these books and the characters described within. The last book in the series to this point "An Echo in the Bone" was released in September 2009 and I traveled out to Phoenix to attend the book release party at the Biltmore there. Had a lot of fun staying with my friends Cyndy (one of many people I have met online through the Outlander forums) & Linda (who traveled from Santa Barbara). Hoping to make it out to Arizona again for the next book release this coming March. We will see.

But as if a new book in this series after 4 years wasn't exciting enough already, on top of that Starz is also turning the books into a TV series. How exciting is that? Filming will start in Scotland this coming fall and the first episode is scheduled to air right around the time the new book releases. 

We currently don't subscribe to Starz at home (for anyone not familiar, it's kind of like HBO, a pay-tv channel) but we most definitely will in time for when the show airs. :)

Just last Friday Starz announced their casting choice for one of the lead characters in the books, Jamie Fraser, and all the Outlander fans online went crazy. It's been a little nuts to say the least - if you want to laugh check out this link here. :) 

On the Starz Outlander website it says the following "Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in to irreconcilable lives. The "Outlander" series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure into one grandiose tale.

Sam Heughan will play the role of Jamie Fraser. Armed with sheer grit and enduring strength, he is intelligent, principled, and, by 18th century standards, educated and worldly, with a tenderness and compassion that stands out in contrast to his contemporaries. A natural leader of men, he has no political ambitions or desire for battlefield glories. Instead, he wishes to remove the price on his head and return to his family's ancestral farm."

So there you have it. Sam Heughan who not many people probably knew in the US before last Friday, who only had around 1500 followers on Twitter (as of right now he has close to 6000 and every time I look it's more), is now blowing up to be one of the most sought after celebrities. At the very least in my Outlander circles that is. :)

I have to be honest, I have tweeted Sam a few times over the last few days, smiling at all the interactions he has had with fans and Diana Gabaldon herself. He has been nothing but sweet & funny, bantering back and forth with Diana Gabaldon and some of the fans. I love how he is taking the time to interact with his new fan base, answering questions and playing along, being a good sport about things. Of course he is not bad to look at either ;) So when you take all of those things and put them together, I definitely have to say he has quickly made it to the status of "celebrity crush" in my book. :)

Now if he would favorite one of my tweets or tweet me back I would probably end up with heart palpitations. ;) But having said that I totally understand that he can't answer every single thing everyone sends since he is probably getting thousands and thousands of messages each day. In the mean time I am enjoying myself just reading all the other interactions and looking forward to the show's and new book's release date. 

Mail Update: Received letters/still owe a response to: Laura/Spain, Jessica/DE, Charles/TN and Lotte/Denmark.

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Haha, you are obsessed! ;) never heard of the guy...weird since he seems to be a Scot-although I'm not sure if he's a native? I don't think anyone here has heard of him...I took a look at his credits I know one of them-bough I'm guessing it was a small part. I know one thing for sure Hanna, as soon as it airs you are going to really badly want to go to Scotland! I know it!:)

Posted by: Jo | Jul 12, 2013 4:05:56 PM

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