Today marks the first discussion day for the Outlander Read-Along! I am so excited that this day is finally here, so let’s dive right in…
This week’s questions come from Jess at Gone with the Words:
1. Outlander is a well-known book. Before you cracked it open, what were your expectations or assumptions about this story? Or did you jump into it with a blank slate?
I’ll answer this based on the first time I read it. When I first picked it up in the store, I bought it based solely on the back cover copy. Time travel gets me every time! It sat on my shelf for a long time, and I only started reading it after a friend raved about the series and told me I had to read it. So I guess my only expectations were that it would involve time travel and it would be awesome.Â
2. Claireâ??s husband, Frank, is fascinated with learning more and more facts about his family tree, which extends back pretty far. Do you or anyone in your family keep a family tree? How many years/generations back does it go? If not, have you ever considered or attempted to create one?
I’ve never been overly interested in family trees. I think family history is interesting, but not anything I would devote a lot of time and energy into researching. I played around with Ancestry.com a bit, but never ponied up the money to find records that were actually useful.
3. How did you find Claireâ??s initial conclusion as to her surroundings after waking up from going through the stones? Did you think that was a reasonable conclusion?
I think I probably would have thought the same thing! I don’t think anyone’s first guess would be time travel, and it seemed a perfectly legitimate way to try and explain away the period clothing.Â
4. How about her composed, rational way of dealing with the fact sheâ??s traveled back in time. Did you find it believable? Do you think you would have acted the same way?
Given what we know about Claire and her methodical, logical brain, I think the way she deals with the time travel is in character for her. She’s so no-nonsense and take-charge and roll-up-her-sleeves that I totally bought that she would try to rationalize everything she experienced. I think I may have been in denial a bit longer than Claire, though!
5. At this point in the story, what are your feelings or expectations on Claire and Jamie? Is Frank still a factor for you?
Claire and Jamie have an instant chemistry that’s pretty hard to ignore. At this point in the story, I think Claire seems mostly to view Jamie as a good friend, and sees him as someone she can rely on in this crazy world where she’s found herself. And I think Jamie sees Claire as a refreshingly bold woman, and he admires her in a sense. It’s obvious that Claire still loves Frank and hasn’t totally given up on him, but she’s also starting to wonder if she’ll ever see him again. As much as I want Claire to be reunited with Frank, it’s hard to not want to see her with the insanely awesome Jamie.Â
Bonus Question: Frank encounters a man outside of the inn where he and Claire are staying. He is afraid it might have been a ghost. What do you believe it was? Do you have any predictions or suspicions on what that was about?
This part of the story drove me the most crazy while reading. At the time I definitely thought it was a ghost, but when we later get a description of Jamie I started to think that maybe it was Jamie in some other dimension or perhaps could view through the time travel hole or something.
If you read along with us this week, be sure to link up your post or share your thoughts in the comments!
To link up your post and get next week’s discussion questions, visit Carrie at Stalking the Bookshelves.