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Diana Gabaldon to Write Outlander Story to Be Turned into Manga

Diana Gabaldon will write an “original story” to be set in the world of the Outlander series including favorite characters such as Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser. The illustrator is Hoang Nguyen and will be 192 pages in length. The publication date is 2009. Gabaldon apparently wrote several comic book scripts for Walt Disney in her early days.

I can hardly wait to see the fetishized version of Jamie and Claire. Hopefully, this will be super successful so that we get action dolls and be able to make dioramas.

Seriously, the Outlander story in manga form? I think its only successful if the love story is between Lord John and Jamie and not Claire and Jamie.

Via ICv2 News.

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  1. Vernieda
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 10:35:09

    I’ve never read Outlander but if the manga focused on a love story between two men, I pretty much guarantee a slew of new BL manga readers would pick it up and discover Diana Gabaldon. ^_~

  2. Sarah McCarty
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 10:41:31

    I have to say, I can’t see it either.

    As for Lord John: there are only certain circumstances that I would read about anything pertaining to him. Lord John was ruined for me as a “heroic” character in the first book. Pretty much, he was and is forevermore unredeemable to me based on his actions and portrayal. By the end of the second book, I was waiting with joy for the scene that I hoped eventually would come where he would be drawn and quartered and his head put on a pike to rot. Obviously, *lol* I no longer read the series, and obviously my view is not shared by many, but he is one of the few characters anyone has ever written in a book who I have truly found repugnant and without any moral value whatsoever. He made such a strong impression upon me, I still wish extreme evil to befall him every time someone mentions the series. I’m assuming it wasn’t Gabaldon’s intent to paint him so blackly since she launched a series where he is the star, but for me he became the epitome of everything truly repugnant in a human being.

    It’s been years, and my reaction is just as strong today as it was then which is a testament to Gabaldon’s skill.

  3. Jayne
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 11:33:26

    Lord John was in the first Outlander? Goes to show how many years it’s been since I read it.

  4. Jorrie Spencer
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 13:14:31

    Sarah, I don’t even remember Lord John in book 1! I’m a fan of the Outlander book, but the rest of the series lost my interest, and then I became a fan of Lord John. Though I usually end up wishing his books were completely outside the Outlander books because I don’t like seeing Jamie on stage there. It doesn’t quite work for me.

    Anyway. You’re not actually thinking of Claire’s first husband’s doppelganger, whose name I can’t remember, are you? No doubt you’re not, though he’s certainly the one I loathed, though I’m not in any minority there.

  5. Sarah McCarty
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 13:28:16

    Now I’m wondering if I’ve got the wrong character. Not enough to hunt down a copy of the book, but wondering. It’s been a lot of years, maybe I’m remembering it wrong. It had to be in book one or two because I stopped reading the series about midway through book three.

    Who is the man who captured Jaime, had him beaten and raped him? ) He was a persistent problem in the background. He was in love with Jaime and was always doing unpredictable stuff as a result. I remember it as being Lord John.

  6. Jorrie Spencer
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 14:29:05

    No! Not Lord John. I can’t remember the name of that awful man, though I think he dies at some point in the 2nd or 3rd book? He’s an ancestor of Claire’s first husband.

    Lord John was indeed in love with Jamie (though in later books than Outlander, I think), but also respected him and never laid a hand on him in any manner whatsoever. LJ knew his feelings weren’t reciprocated. (To continue to be my broken-record self, I don’t even find LJ’s attraction to Jamie convincing, but that’s another issue.)

  7. jmc
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 14:33:11

    I thought the bad guy of Outlander was Black Jack Randall. But I’m not a huge fan (liked it but not enough to bother with The Further Adventures of Jamie and Claire) so I may be remembering incorrectly.

  8. Jayne
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 15:01:10

    That’s right. It’s Randall or something who did the nasty to Jamie in Outlander. Lord John recalls meeting Jamie and Claire at some point before Culloden (gets tricked somehow) but he never did those awful things to Jamie.

  9. DS
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 15:29:27

    I never finished Outlander Vol I but I’ve finished listening to two books in the Lord John series. Lord John and the Private Matter was very good, balanced on the edge of a knife and never fell over. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade wasn’t as well plotted in my opinion and I have to agree with anyone who doesn’t think Jamie needs to be in Lord John’s stories. I knew there was some connection or I would probably have been confused by the intrusion of this character. It would have been enough to simply mention Lord John’s service in Scotland.

  10. person
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 21:37:51

    Did you know that there’s already this really awesome sci-fi manga called Outlanders by Johji Manabe.

  11. SilviaBnc
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 12:50:35

    Outlander (by D. Gabaldon) television series Petition
    making our dream come true!

  12. Focipresley
    Nov 04, 2008 @ 14:03:51

    All the naysayers out there are truly foolish. The Outlander Series is first-rate and Ms. Gabaldon is very sharp. The Series IS geared toward the intellectual folk, who can actually grasp and understand the underlying themes and messages of the Series. So that may explain the negative comments here.

  13. Nifty
    Dec 28, 2008 @ 20:22:59

    I’m looking forward to the graphic novel because it will provide a different perspective on Outlander. Outlander itself is told entirely from Claire’s POV — first person. Everything we see or know we see or know because Claire relates it to us, or allows other characters to relate it to us. We learn much about Jamie’s character through the actions Claire’s narration, but it’s all so limited. The graphic novel is going to play up Murtagh a lot more, for one thing, and will include many scenes that don’t feature Claire at all. Also, I believe the story will be starting (in Jamie’s time) PRIOR to Claire’s arrival on-scene, with Jamie’s return from France after the axe-injury to the back of his head that nearly killed him. He’s 23 and unsure what he’s going to do: he’s still a wanted man, with a price on his head; he refuses to go to Lallybroch because he believes the rumor that his sister took up with Jack Randall; he knows that he’d not be welcome at Leoch by Collum and Dougal and that he really can’t make a life with the Mackenzies; and there’s no way he’d go to his Fraser grandfather. I have a feeling that the graphic novel will show how Jamie’s direction and purpose coalesced the moment he met Claire so unceremoniously. The novel sort of shows Claire being swept along with the Mackenzie tide — Dougal and his men — and that she fell in with Jamie as a result of that. But I have a feeling, based on some of the snippets I’ve seen, that we’re going to see that Jamie, after their initial meeting, decided to fall in with Claire and see where that took him. Claire has many of the same characteristics of Jamie’s mother and sister, two women he loves dearly, so naturally he’d be drawn to her, while at the same time she’s different enough to be very intriguing for him. *shrug* For me, as an Outlander fan, I’m looking forward to seeing the enlarged scope of the original story and all the context from Jamie’s POV and Dougal’s and Murtagh’s, etc. I truly think the graphic novel will be an enhancement to the story, not simply an illustrated version of it.

  14. Rinlee
    Jul 09, 2010 @ 01:06:35

    Excuse me, but as I can see, if you all were actually paying attention, this is not manga. Goodness, I should know, as I have quite a vast collection of manga. This is more of a comic, or better yet, a ‘graphic novel’, like ‘Bone’, for adults. It is a different POV for the ‘Outlander’ novel, and follows the storyline closely for all the nice people who’d like to see Jamie’s side of the story. I find it fitting, with a novel for Claire, and an illustrated story for Jamie. It goes with their personalities.
    As for the idea of having a Lord John-Jamie Fraser pairing, no. Just, no. That would be fanfiction material at its finest as a published piece. The plot would be terrible, it would be entirely out of line as it never happened in the novels. The book would go to screaming fangirls, just like yaoi (gay relationships) manga books at an anime convention. Do we really want another ‘Twilight’? Do we want this book to become nothing but fluff? Do we want the reputation of ‘Outlander’ to become sullied and ruined by the voyeuristic fantasies of pre-teen girls and fan-fiction writers? I do not want a fluff book with no plot and an unrealistic pairing.

    I am 17, and I do not support Lord John!Jamie Fraser.

    TL;DR -> No, just… no. :(

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