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Is Outlander Starz's Answer to Game of Thrones? Network Premieres Epic New Series at San Diego Comic-Con

As usual, Comic-Con saw quite a few large unveilings this year, one of which was the highly anticipated new show Outlander. A Starz series, the new adventure was adapted from the first of an eight-book series of the same name, authored by Diana Gabaldon. Published in over 30 countries, 25 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide, and the show already has a fan base that has been demanding the story be brought to life on-screen for quite some time. For scale, USA Today reported that as of July 2011 only 8.5 million copies had been sold of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series—this being two months after HBO first aired Game of Thrones.

While the production of Outlander was tied up for years in attempts to create a feature film, most fans agreed from the start that the story was far too detailed and complex to flesh out in just two hours; each book is pushing 1,000 pages or more. Luckily for fans, Executive Producer Ron D. Moore (Star Trek, Battlestar Gallactica, Helix) agreed and sought to create a series; eventually landing the show with Starz, a network that could also handle the high amount of violence, sex and mature dialogue that colors the story.

Beginning in 1940s Scotland, the story thrusts married WWII nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall (Caitriona Balfe) back 200 years into the past, to a violent time that would eventually lead up to the bloody battle of Culloden. A strong and very smart character armed with modern knowledge, Claire finds herself in a number of dangerous scenarios given the time period, all while trying to find a way back to the 20th century and to the arms of her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) who she left behind. The story rapidly evolves and becomes more complex, owing to the appearance of the very honor-driven Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a handsome (of course) Scottish Highlander/Warrior who turns out to be her only real ally, mostly in thanks to his own secrets and sense of loyalty — not to mention the inevitable romantic threads that begin to bind them together.

Courtney Driver

Courtney Driver combines her passion for luxury with her love for writing as the Executive Editor for JustLuxe. An authority on the luxury lifestyle, Driver's travel experience has come to encompass visits to some of the most lavish properties in the world, exclusive transportation methods such as helicopter and private jet, as well as exotic locales like Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. Having...(Read More)

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