Outlander North Carolina

Why Outlander North Carolina?

August 5, 2017

Outlander North Carolina

Outlander. Just the word makes knees weak and hearts quiver all over the world. People scope out social media for the latest news and updates. They read then re-read the books. They watch then re-watch the series. People can quote the lines from The Wedding episode word for word and probably backwards. (Ahem, yes, I’m talking about you.) On Saturday nights, there was a hush around the world as new episodes aired on STARZ and threats were made on social media that any disturbance between 9 and 10 pm would be met with violence.

Believe it or not, it wasn’t always that way for me. Outlander? Who cares? Fiddle faddle and all that stuff. Yeah, that was me just a few years ago. My best friend kept telling me about these books and that I MUST read them. My pat answer was “I just don’t have time,” then I would brush her off with a look that probably said “Get a grip, woman. You are obsessed.” Well, then a little over two years ago, she had the nerve to broach the subject again one night at dinner. There’s a show now, she said. You must watch it, she said. Geez, woman, I thought. Can you not just give it up?!?! Why would I want to watch a show based on a book that I have no interest in reading? Then, she pulled out her phone and showed me a picture of Sam Heughan. Well, he’s pretty likable. I mean, he’s really likable. Honestly, he’s pretty lovable. For Pete’s sake, he’s about the best looking thing I’ve ever seen. Maybe this Outlander thing might just be worth a try to look at him. I mean, I’m married and very happily so, but I ain’t blind and a little eye candy might brighten up my week – even if the show isn’t worth a flip. (I hear you laughing out there.)

Sam Heughan

Well, I went home and the next week watched the first episode of the first season. Good glory! I was hooked. Not only did Sam Heughan live up to my expectations (and yes, considerably brightened my week) but Caitroina Balfe was beautiful and gutsy as Claire Randall. But, what surprised me even more was the story – it was absolutely fascinating. I promptly proceeded to watch the next seven episodes, the last one ending with Jamie sitting in the window with a gun trained on that wicked, despicable, not-worthy-of-the-air-Jamie-breathes Black Jack Randall.

At that point, the story had taken over my thoughts. Was I becoming, horrors of horrors, obsessed like my friend? What was happening to me – this stable, we-won’t-say-how-old woman who now wondered if perhaps it might just be possible to travel through time and meet someone like Jamie Fraser? I had lost touch completely with reality. Outlander had consumed my waking thoughts and even my sleeping ones. I hate to admit it but when I would get up to go to the bathroom at night, I couldn’t go back to sleep for thinking about the show and wondering what was going to happen next.

(c) Can Stock Source Photo / alexandragl (Edits are my own)
Quite unwilling and still more unable to go through countless sleepless nights, I ordered the first book with Amazon Prime two day shipping. Surely, I could survive two nights of sleeplessness. Surely, my husband could endure watching me walk around the house like a zombie muttering words like Sassenach, sláinte and kilts, randomly shouting “Tùlach Àrd!” and dreamily repeating the phrase “To bed? Or to sleep?”

Amazon did not disappoint and here came the first book on the second day. Game changer! It was over. I started reading that book and realized that Outlander was a whole lot more than pretty faces (and bodies). This was a story – a love story – for the ages and I could not get enough. I finished up Book 1, downloaded it on my Kindle, then ordered Dragonfly in Amber plus downloaded it on my Kindle. (May I ask? Can one have too many ways to access these books? Not me! I even ordered the audible versions!)

At the beginning of Dragonfly, I threw the book on the floor, texted my friend that I hated her and yelled as only one can do with a text asking her what in the world had just happened. If you have read the book, you can sympathize.

She told me calmly to keep reading. OK. Maybe I didn’t hate her after all so I took her advice and continued to read and read and read and…..well, you get the picture. I read until I got to Drums of Autumn. I didn’t throw the book on the floor this time but my friend had failed to tell me something very important. This beautiful story brings Jamie & Claire to North Carolina! What? Why would she have not told me that? Really, she lives in North Carolina too. Did she not think that was important information? I decided that I hated her again because I might would have started reading the books a whole lot sooner. Geez, girl!

Anyway, that’s when I began wanting to know everything about the places that Jamie & Claire visited and/or lived in North Carolina. Yes, I’ve lived in North Carolina all my life but it’s a pretty big state and I’m no expert outside of my own local area. I connected with a great Facebook group (NC Outlander Fans) who are all North Carolina residents by requirement (if you qualify, check them out).  I have learned so much from this group but there’s still much more to learn, to see, and to do. So, I thought to myself, “Self, wouldn’t it be great to discover the places Jamie, Claire & clan went to in North Carolina with fresh Outlander eyes? And wouldn’t it be great to share all those discoveries with others who may or may not live in North Carolina? And, better still, wouldn’t it be great to write about the history & places of North Carolina and how they relate to Outlander beginning with Drums of Autumn and weave Jamie & Claire’s story in at the same time?”

And, there you have it. That’s the long story of how this insanity started. As a result, here I am today, writing my first blog post, realizing a dream which has been in the making ever since I read Drums of Autumn and all the later books.

So, Sassenach, are you ready to go to North Carolina? I hope the answer is yes and that you will join me on this wild and crazy ride through time with Jamie and Claire. Along the way, I sincerely ask for your comments, kind corrections, suggestions, and recommendations as we learn and laugh together. As for me, Je suis prest! Let’s go!

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P.S. I decided not to hate my friend anymore. I finished all eight books and thanked her for sharing them with me. Now, she looks at me like I’m the crazy one. I think she’s right. You can check out my diagnosis here.

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28 Comments

  • Reply Diane Brooke August 12, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    YEAH! My father was from Salisbury. 🙂 I took my whole family on the “Outlander Tour of NC” right after I finished reading the books in 2010. We were going to see where their grandfather was from, ya know? It was so much fun to see the sights from the book and much more affordable than a trip to Scotland for this Georgia girl. 🙂

    • Reply Beth Pittman August 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Hey Diane! I know what you mean! I want to go to Scotland so bad but the cost if prohibitive right now. Thankfully, there are so many Outlander things to see right here in NC. Thank you for commenting! And, of course, you found where your grandfather was from, right? 😉

  • Reply Eugenia August 12, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    This blog might be truly interesting but it pains me to tell you that with this font it’s totally inreadable for us, poor bespectacled folks. And the grayish lettering as well.

    • Reply Beth Pittman August 12, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Hi Eugenia. I’m sorry to hear that. You are the first one to mention this. What type of device are you looking at it on? Would love to resolve the problem if I can. Thanks for commenting.

  • Reply Connie S August 13, 2017 at 10:55 am

    BP, so impressed with your blog. I’ll check in on occasion. I went bonkers too with Outlander. So to help me with my obsession, I started an Outlander Book Club in Memphis. The women of the group are wonderful and insightful. This past summer I was able to spend 9 days in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains looking for Outlander. I feel as if we may have passed paths while I was there. Cannot wait for the Premiere.

    • Reply Beth Pittman August 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Hey Connie. Thank you for the kind comments! I assume you didn’t find Jamie or you would not be commenting now. I’m still on the look out! 😉 Thank you for visiting my site and hurry September 10!

  • Reply Joy Welday August 14, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I’m looking forward to future posts. I’ve spent a lot of time on Google Maps trying to find places mentioned. I’m sure your blog will be more fun, informative and entertaining. And thanks to Karen Henry for the link.

    • Reply Beth Pittman August 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you, Joy! I hope you will enjoy the blog! Thank you so much for stopping by! Yes, Karen Henry made my day when she linked to my blog!

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