Look, I get nitpicky sometimes — that’s why I started this blog. My Facebook Group has a strict NO CRITICISM policy, and I think it’s LAME to whine on Twitter just because you’re hoping the show/movie/book creators will miraculously see your post among millions and say, “Oh my GOD! WHAT HAVE WE DONE! WE MUST FIRST LASH OURSELVES AND THEN GO OUT AND FIX IT IMMEDIATELY!”
I complained about the cost of the ring — $250 bucks is like, almost three weeks worth of food! I am a Geek who likes her merchandising realisitic, so I would love to have both the original book ring AND the show ring (especially since Terry Dresbach admitted what it was the key TO. I adore that symbolism: Claire is Jamies heart, his home, and this very poignant metaphor they’ve chosen really means something. It makes my heart hurt, and Billy Joel’s “You’re My Home” keeps running through my head.)
So… I’m kind of pleased with this change. It’s also a lot rougher than the delicate thistle ring, which is sort of Jamie, if you ask me. The whole ring is Jamie, and he’s wrapped around Claire’s finger — MORE SYMBOLISM!!! I like it more as I think about it.
But if Social Media is any indication, I AM THE ONLY ONE. You would not BELIEVE THE COMPLAINING. And I’m not talking, “Aw, I was hoping for the thistle ring.” I’m talking, “OMG I’M GONNA DIE *SOBSOBSOB* I’M NEVER WATCHING THIS AGAIN!” Level whinging. (I am being hypocritical to some level here, as in fandoms past, I have sometimes behaved like this. But that was then, this is now, and I’ve learned, if you hate it THAT much, stop watching. But don’t because we need the ratings.)
I just can’t keep looking at my Twitter or some of the FB groups I belong to. It’s a CONSTANT stream of complaining. And then people complaining about the complaining (which I have politely taken off to my little blog, which while not private, is not screaming at thousands of people in social media).
STOP IT. SHUT UP. YES, WE HEAR YOU. So does Herself, the cast and crew. Way to treat them for all of their hard work. You won’t change anything, but do you know what will happen? They will DISAPPEAR from conversation with the public in less than pre-arranged press events. You will NOT see them talk to you on Twitter, or FB, if all they get is SHITE thrown in their faces from people who call themselves “fans”.
Ugh, I had no idea I was so annoyed by this. Look, opinions are like assholes: everybody has one. But can you not lighten up a little bit? Can you not have some faith that with Diana involved, this story will not be butchered? That RDM is an amazing storyteller, and if we hang on for the ride, we might get something wonderful?
I’m so tired already. I should have known better — this crap always happens, in every fandom I’ve ever experienced. Infighting, complaints, bullying. It makes me want to curl back up in my little corner of fandom and close my eyes to the rest.
Ah. So, now I’ve done my complaining, and I feel better. Excellent.
I love Outlander, bits left out, and bits stuffed in, and all. I love my books. I love my show. I have momentary twinges of concern and nerves, afraid just like anyone else of what this manifestation of my all time favorite love story will bring. But in the end, even if a friend has to drag me back to sense, I know that what we get will be lovely and wonderful in its own right, just like “The Wedding.”
Now feel free to throw things at me. And remember, I’m not talking about people who have criticisms about the show, I’m talking about people who are FREAKING OUT about changes in the show from the books. Among other things. And repeat them over and over and over and over and over and over.
Okay, I’m going to listen to Red Reddington now, because his is the Sound of Awesome.