Ronald D. Moore Prepares Readers for More Book Changes In the Future


Let’s face it, Outlander, the television series, has stayed pretty close to Outlander, the novels.  We might not all have loved the changes, but I think we can all agree that some of them have made the series better (Rupert, Angus, and Murtagh changes are at the top of my list).  As we progress towards the season two finale and the preparation for seasons three and four, I think we all need to again separate the book from the series and enjoy it for what it is.

In an interview with Bustle, Ronald D. Moore was asked about what is to come in Outlander.  Excerpts are below, but head over to Bustle to read the entire article.

“Our goal is still to try and be as faithful as we can to the books. [That’s] the way we started the project,” he explains. Still, there may be added elements, such as Claire’s PTSD in Season 2, which will keep fans on their toes. “I think the longer that you go, the more the TV series inevitably veers from the book and certain plot lines then take on a life of their own. Certain characters change and you have to follow the way they change,” Moore says. “Rupert and Angus weren’t even really in the book as a duo, that’s part of our storyline. That’s always gonna be different than it was in the book. Our version of Frank is different than he was in the book. Those changes add up and the further in you go, the bigger those separations become.”

“Definitely in the finale, there’s a storyline that was not in the book, but it’s around one of the characters that’s in the book,” he reveals. “We expanded on that and broidered on that because it just seemed like it was a great opportunity, it was a lot of fun.”

In Ron, we trust.

Source: Bustle

  • DrBlueFrogPhD

    In Ron We Trust!

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  • WlfPckFangirl84

    I do trust. So far things have stayed fairly good/consistent. But I also can’t help but worry some when I think about how little changes can add up and mean big changes. :-/ I’m sure they will do a great job, I just want to see it.

  • J.

    As long as it does not end as it did with Game of Thrones, namely the producers butchering the source material and turning it into the worst fanfiction ever written, while still hiding behind the author when being criticized, Mr. Moore is welcome to go ahead.

    So far this series has been so great, changes or not, but I really do hope, that it won’t become another series where people say : “oh, the series and the books are different things, live with it!” , because, why then promise to adapt a much loved book series,
    if you only want to play around with an authors characters and world, but are not interested in telling their story, or worse, feel that your own abilities to tell this story are superior to theirs?
    Let’s just hope, Mr. Moore does not forget that it were the books that made the tv adaption so successful in the first place- like a certain duo of producers has done over the last three seasons of their “adaption”…

    • WlfPckFangirl84

      Exactly. GoT and True Blood started close to the books too. Little changes caused big problems later, and then it seemed like the writers just said eff it and made up their own stuff.
      I can separate the adaptation from the source material (for the most part) as long as the source material is still represented properly. I hope/trust that the show runners (being fans of the series themselves) will continue to do a good job.

  • Joanne Lotreck

    I have not complained about any changes thus far, but cutting out the scene with Claire and Jamie bonding over discussing Brianna, Willie and mentioning Faith was a very big mistake. Are there mostly men making these decisions? – LOL Such emotional, sentimental scenes between Claire and Jamie are so important – listen to the fans, please.