The first episode of the TV series Outlander -- brought to us by Star Trek writer and Battlestar Galactica producer Ronald D. Moore -- has been made available by Starz online, with the official premiere set for next Saturday. Outlander, based on a series of historical fiction/romance books by author Diana Gabaldon, has built up a massive fanbase over the last 20 years, due in large part to its well-developed main character Claire, the explicit but emotional (and occasionally entertaining) sex scenes, extensive historical research and detail, and romantic chemistry between the two main characters. Between the devoted fans and the historical/quasi-scifi/fantasy components to the story, many are already comparing it to the Game of Thrones TV phenomenon. But will it be as successful (some spoilers), given that the current fanbase is predominantly female? Is Starz making books that used to be filed under "Romance" in bookstores into something too Fifty Shades of Grey for a wider audience to enjoy? Is the marketing of the show and the GoT-like recipe for success at odds with the author's stance on fanfiction based on her work? And most importantly, should fans of the books just STFU so everyone else can enjoy it? [Note that fans of the books may not want to STFU in this thread, so book and first episode spoilers may abound] [more inside]
Fan Fiction and Moral Conundrums : Diana Gabaldon, author of the bestselling Outlander book series, takes on the legal and moral issues of fan fiction. She's got a lot of people to convince.