I for one love that Diana Gabaldon interacts with her fans and is present on social media. We both still run a site for the movie based on Stephenie Meyer’s The Host and Stephenie is nowhere on social media. She uses her website to correct information and promote her projects. Diana has created an accessibility for her fans and sometimes that can get a little frustrating. Diana posted this on her Facebook Page today:
Goodness gracious. Do y’all honestly think I have time to read 900 posts of pointless silliness about casting, let alone reply to them? If you _do_ think that, you might want to think again. <cough>
The only thing I _will_ say is (and this is honest curiosity on my part): What the HECK do you expect to accomplish by hopping up and down shouting, “I don’t like _him_, I want HIM!”?
If you’d just like me to respect your personal opinion–of course I do. You’re always welcome to share your own views of things here. Every single reader has his or her own mental images of the characters and situations in any book, and why not?
On the other hand, if you expect your opinion actually to have any effect on anyone else–let alone the producers of the new tv series…eh…good luck with that.
P.S. In re “supporting my lifestyle”…<g>. Do y’all feel that you’re subsidizing the lifestyle of the supermarket checker who bags your groceries? Are you helping to put the late Steve Jobs’s kids through college? ‘Cuz you are–every bit as much as you support me. I write books, and if you want to buy them, I’m really pleased. But all I owe you is the best book I can write. That much, I promise you.
At this point, all we can do is guess as to the casting for the TV show. Diana is not in charge of casting, and frankly this is not a democracy. Whomever they cast, that is who we have. This fandom has been going for over 25 years. We all have our ideas of what actor should portray these characters, but if you don’t like the final choices, then do not watch the show and just reread the books. So let’s just stop spamming her with suggestions and complaints, okay?
*gets off soapbox*
Thank you, Diana, for being so gracious to all of us.