Richard Rankin and Sophie Skelton: Their Talent, Portrayal of Roger and Brianna, and What We Admire Most

There are many characters in the Outlander series that immediately grab one’s attention. Diana Gabaldon has shared her writing process on several panels we have attended. We are always fascinated to hear her speak of her own manner in developing the nature and disposition of each individual within the series. She is able to follow her own instincts to masterfully bring the essence of each character to life. We admire her ability to draw from her own memories, use her imagination to create vivid context, and utilize true components of history to form her timelines. The results of her writing are unlike any other author we have experienced. As readers, it is easy to immerse ourselves in this fictional world and quickly form an emotional connection to the characters she introduces. Yet, as we follow their journey of adventure, success, hardships, and facing unfathomable barriers – each are capable of surprising us in the most unexpected ways.

There are a several roles within the series that endure surprising transformations through dramatic shifts in the storyline over the course of the books. A few that immediately come to mind include Young Ian Fraser Murray and Fergus Fraser. However, it is Brianna Randall Fraser and Roger Wakefield MacKenzie’s journey that comes to the forefront when we think of characters who will soon embark on a remarkable journey. Everyone loves characters they can root for, and these two will certainly not disappoint. Leaving fans who have read the books to hold their breath, we not only foresee the events in their future, but also look forward to seeing the progression of this dynamic relationship on screen.

Seeing Richard Rankin and Sophie Skelton at San Diego Comic-Con was an incredible experience, and we can certainly attest that their chemistry is a perfect match for what lies ahead for their characters! In our excitement for the new season, Sass3 couldn’t wait to celebrate these immensely talented actors and our top reasons why we admire this literary couple. Continue reading Richard Rankin and Sophie Skelton: Their Talent, Portrayal of Roger and Brianna, and What We Admire Most

DIY Voyager Give-Aways

That Voyager gathering is just around the corner, and you’re making preparations for the festivities. In our previous blog, we shared our party ideas and recommendations for that special celebration. Here is a simple and inexpensive DIY (do it yourself)  give-away or souvenir your guests will love. We know there are different options to creating this gift, so we will also include an additional suggestion, at the end of this blog, to modify this particular mini project.

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Party Ideas for your Voyager Premiere

Are you anticipating that premiere viewing party for Voyager, Outlander’s Season 3? We bet you are! The three of us have our get-together all planned out, and we would like to share some simple, quick, and inexpensive ideas with you. Here are Sass3‘s  party recommendations for your next gathering: Continue reading Party Ideas for your Voyager Premiere

The Timeless Beauty of the Royal Coaches: Remembrance of Outlander Season 2 in Paris

We are getting closer to the highly anticipated Season 3 of Outlander. Can you believe it is only 29 days away! It is clear – we are not counting the exact time we have left, as we each smile in this revelation. To pass the time we have found ourselves re-watching our favorite episodes to divert our attention away from the daily countdown until the premiere. As we spend time watching treasured scenes, we are constantly reminded of the detail and artistry that could be seen within each set. It was remarkable to see each episode vibrantly come to life throughout their time in Scotland and the opulent lifestyle that was synonymous with upper class living in 18th century Paris. There is no question that the lavish portrayal of Paris intrigued us the most. These episodes were a visual feast that included rich colors, elaborate set designs, and striking textiles that told a story of prosperity and wealth that was representative of French nobility and upper class living during this time period.

Reminiscing about our favorite episodes in Paris, reminded us of Jae’s recent visit to London where she was able to explore one specific area of splendor that was shared between all nations. We are always in search to learn more about the historical reflections present in the show and within the books. It was natural for us to find a way to momentarily escape to the past, linking pieces of the show to true elements of history – such as the coaches that were designed to transport members of upper society. From Versailles to the wealthy middle class within the city, coaches were a vital means of transportation. Come, travel with us to the Royal Mews in London to discover a historical collection of coaches that will bring additional appreciation for those displayed during the filming of Outlander, while also bringing to light their importance in higher societal life.

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A Fan’s Experience Finding Fraser’s Ridge and Meeting Cesar Domboy, Outlander’s Fergus Fraser

Fraser’s Ridge, a location any faithful Outlander book fan would easily recognize. With its lush mountains and thick wilderness, it’s a place Jamie and Claire will call their home while in America. Closing our eyes, we imagine what it may have been like actually living in such a  secluded setting where they lived off the land. So much was developed there: relationships, family, community, and a life. Besides Scotland, it is one of our favorite spots – it is special.

In the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, lies a small historic town called Blowing Rock and another named Boone. Nestled between these two towns, a very unique experience is created by a remarkable company, Novel Adventures, allowing participants to travel similar paths as our favorite Outlandish characters. On July 5 – 8, the “Gathering on the Ridge” event took place at The Mast Farm Inn where about 50 people met to enjoy four days of “Fraser” living. The highlight of the occasion was the attendance of Cesar Domboy, Outlander‘s Fergus Fraser.  One of our very own, Mela, was fortunate to take part in the culminating function, dinner with Cesar. In this blog, Sass3 shares her experience of that magical evening.


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A. Malcolm Printer and Bookseller: The Print Shop at SDCC 2017

One of the most anticipated scenes in Outlander, Season 3 is Claire’s return to the 18th century and finding Jamie. Fans were quite pleased, and a wee bit excited, when it was announced that the Starz booth at San Diego Comic-Con would be a recreation of the set of The Print Shop, where said reunion takes place.

Here, we give our readers a quick glance at A. Malcolm Printer and Bookseller’s shop.


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