For over 20 years I’ve been a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books. When she announced a series was going to be made and that she and the actors would be at an event in Los Angeles, I did something completely out of the norm and immediately sent for tickets to the event which was eventually held at the Orpheum Theatre. The representative told me I was the second person to ask for tickets and I was thrilled that I would meet Diana and the actors who would play Jamie and Claire. As it turned out, the event was so large only a limited number of people would be allowed back stage to meet them and I did not make the cut. I decided to make the most of it, make new friends and have a different adventure. I was grateful I’d even been able to attend the event.
A month later, I wrote my first blog post. The first few were straight forward and it was only later that I let my literary freak-flag fly. I was amazed at the response I received from the public as I’d thought only a few girlfriends would even read it.
Fun facts about re-caps. Each one takes me approximately two full days to write. I watch the show once for pleasure. The second time I take notes and screen cap photos. Then I write the blog. Then I edit it and start making the memes. Then I put the entire thing together, watch the show once or twice more and make sure it’s as funny as it can be and make more edits. I always keep it in the back of my mind that I need to get the re-caps out there as quickly as the media outlets who get advance screeners as many people contact me and ask me to hurry because they can’t wait to read them.
As a techno-dolt, it took me a while to learn WordPress, I’m still not a guru by any means, but one day I looked to see how many people were reading my re-caps and was blown away that the numbers were in the tens of thousands for many of the posts. In addition to Twitter, I added a Facebook page and also posted my recaps on other Outlander fan pages that allowed it. The numbers soared.
I have received hundreds of e-mail and direct messages from folks (mostly women) telling me that my re-caps are their favorites. Some have even said they stumbled upon the re-caps first, then began watching the show. I have loved hearing from all of you (okay, not the random mean people and sickos, but the rest of you.)
I had hoped that eventually with these numbers, I would be given advance screeners or some kind of access, but no amount of asking Starz has yielded results. Yet others who mock and belittle the series, actors and writers receive open access to everything.
So I’ve decided that Season Two will be my last season to re-cap the series. From time to time, I may do a meme, but it simply takes up too much of my life to continue. I am forever grateful to all the folks I’ve met through the world of Outlander and I’m not going anywhere. Myself and my snark will still be on Twitter several times a day ranting and raving about whatever topic strikes my fancy. I love and respect so many of you and I felt that I owed you an explanation. Peace out.