Fangirling Outlander and the power of memorable lines

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know I’ve fallen down this pleasant rabbit hole called Outlander. I just finished book one in the series (here’s my review) and starting on book two, Dragonfly in Amber, which has, so far, thwarted all my fears for Sookie Stackhouse-itis: page one hooked me in with a complete surprise. I’ve also binge-watched all seven episodes of the excellent Starz TV series, which if you haven’t seen yet GO GO NOW YOU’LL THANK ME WHEN YOU GET TO THE WEDDING LALALALA!

(Are you a Friend of Frank or Team Jamie?)

Anyway! Ahem. Outlander has been inspiring me in the sense of the possibilities it offers as it mixes — and transcends — genres. It appeals to me very much, both as a reader and as a writer, because my inclinations are all over the place. I love horror and fantasy and post-apocalyptic tales and historical fiction, and Outlander shows that different inclinations can run with a good romance. As an indie author, accessibility is always a driving concern — how will readers like my books, if they can’t find them? — and that leads to neat storylines and staying within the genre. But maybe, just maybe…hmm. We’ll see where this burst of inspiration leads!

Another thing Outlander’s got going for me is that the best, most swoonworthy and kilig parts is when Jamie makes love to Claire…~*with his words!*~ You’d think this would be easy to do for someone who works with words for a living, but my God, it’s so hard to reach for “swoon” and not get bogged down in “cheesy.” But words are, definitely, a gift; they’re what takes a scene from good to great, and they stay in your head and embed themselves in your heart. Like so:

– “In my head, I’m all hands.” — Cath, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
– “You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love…I love…I love you.” — Mr. Darcy, Pride & Prejudice, 2005 film adaptation.
– “I do not know if it will help,” he said quietly, “but I will tell you this: it is a gift and a wonder to me, to know that I can please you — to know that your body can rouse to mine.” — Jamie, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
– “I will protect you. From him, or anyone else. To the last drop of my blood, mo duinne…[it] means ‘my brown one.'” He raised a lock hair to his lips and smiled, with a look in his eyes that started all the drops of my own blood chasing each other through my veins. “Mo duinne,” he repeated, softly. “I have been longing to say that to you.” — Jamie, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
– “It starts out the same, but then, after a moment…suddenly it’s as though I have a living flame in my arms…And I want only to throw myself into it and be consumed.” — Jamie, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Jamie’s got game, wouldn’t you say? 😉
OK, fangirling aside! I’ve got a new secret book in the works and it’s much like the first secret book I mention here :). If you want to find out more about it, sign up for updates here and you’ll be one of the first to know when it comes out!

About Author: Katrina Ramos Atienza

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