Fact v. Fiction for Outlander Fans.

I can’t wait to see what happens on the Golden Globes tonite. This is one of my favourite awards shows and I even did a fictional version in Back to St. Barts, book three in my series of romance novels. I’ve never been, obviously, but I can imagine the hobnobbing and drinking and inappropriate behaviour.

One of the reasons I can’t wait for this year is Ricky Gervais. I’m a huge fan and he’s on my shortlist for perfect dinner companions. (I’d have to wear Depends).

Also, Outlander is up  for three awards. I hope for the hat trick but honestly Tobias Menzies is the one I’m really rooting for. How he can portray two such polar opposite characters without the use of CGI or prosthetics just sheer acting is amazing.

I’ve been reading up on the events leading up to the GG’s and stumbled upon an interesting offshoot of fandom. Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe did an interview with EOnline’s Kristin Dos Santos in which they emphatically quashed the rumours that they are dating in real life. (They have great chemistry on screen and a lot of fun in joint interviews but that’s it.)

Sam said something along the lines of “we’re just acting people” and fandom went nuts. Not all of the fans of the show but some of those who run Tumblr accounts which apparently stalk and analyze the pair’s every movement. Some still refuse to believe they aren’t a real life couple, insisting this is a ruse to hide Cait’s real-life pregnancy. (Claire, her character on the show, is preggers so maybe that’s where the idea came from.) Others are furious, acting as if their hearts are broken and this is some kind of betrayal.

It’s kind of scary how invested people get in fictional characters but at the same time, it’s passion that made Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight and yes, Outlander such huge hits in the first place. I should have expected this but the comments still threw me. I won’t post links here. You can dig them up on Tumblr yourself. It’s interesting reading into the mind of the modern fan.

 

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