Ronald D. Moore's TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books has gotten a full series order from Starz. 16 episodes will air on the Starz network in late 2014.
The books, which feature a time-displaced romance between a WWII nurse and a Scottish soldier in 1743, have sold more than 20 million copies. The next volume in the series, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, is due out in March 2014.
Ronald D. Moore is great, but why are we supposed to be enthusiastic about this? Isnt this a romance novel?
I've never read it, but the romance is apparently only one part of the story. There's also war, politics and social commentary (presumably due to the different time periods the characters come from). The LORD JOHN story I read was much more of an action-adventure type of story.
I quite enjoyed the first three - and I'm not a Romance reader - as a semi-historical fun adventure romp with a heavy romance subplot, but I gave up halfway through book 4. The sex got too repetitive, the plot twists too contrived, the characters too unrealistic .... well, I got the feeling that Gabaldon tried to outdo every prior book and that didn't work for me, though it obviously works for a million or so of fans.
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