16 Days of Outlander - Day #2 Castle Leoch

I think I’ll keep posting my favorites based on where they occur within the episode rather than by what they are. Some of my categories are ones I’m going to try keeping consistent each day but others are definitely situational.

Anyway, diving into 01x02 Castle Leoch…

Favorite Book-to-Screen Adapted Scene: Claire tending Jamie’s wounds, Jamie explains his back, “You needna be scairt of me.” The whole scene flows so seamlessly and their chemistry together is undeniable. It carries the necessary dramatic weight but they hit the humorous notes perfectly as well (”Chickens are verra poor company.”) It’s one of the most important scenes from their relationship - especially in establishing their connection - and it comes very early in the episode, setting the tone for a lot of what happens. It’s clear to see the way his words regarding “You needa be scairt of me - nor anyone, so long as I’m with ye” play out. She is visibly more confident and relaxed when she’s around him or when she’s just been with him, slightly more anxious, nervous, and wary when he’s absent. 

Favorite Performance: Gary Lewis as Colum MacKenzie. I’m going to try really hard to not have either Sam or Cait be my favorite performance every week - they knock it out of the park so consistently that I think that’s kind of a given. So for Castle Leoch, I’m choosing Gary Lewis and his performance establishing Colum MacKenzie as the Laird of Clan MacKenzie. The gears begin turning as soon as Claire arrives and tells her dubious story. He’s agreeable to her throughout the episode, inviting her to reveal more about herself and her circumstances than she intends and succeeding. The character of Colum is subtle and Lewis’ performance is as well, especially contrasted with Dougal. By the end when Colum decides she will not be leaving but rather staying as his guest, so long as she doesn’t try to leave, the full cunning of his character has blossomed for the audience and its clear he’s as much a force to be reckoned with as Dougal, perhaps more so.

Favorite Music Moment: Claire watches Dougal play with Hamish. As Claire looks out on the landscape from a castle parapet and then catches Dougal joining Hamish and his young playmates in a mock sword fight, the music just… I love the Castle Leoch theme here. It grounds her in the castle life in a way we don’t really see her grounded in the 1940s back in Sassenach. She looks genuinely content and pleased with where she is, even if it isn’t where she thought/wanted/expected to be and the music emphasizes that beautifully.

Favorite Line or, Favorite Foot-In-Mouth Moment: “I’ve made an error.” Given the affection with which she saw Dougal playing with Hamish and the fact that she is a stranger to Castle Leoch and its inhabitants, it isn’t such an offensive error for Claire to have thought Hamish was Dougal’s son but saying so aloud at dinner the way she does clearly hits a nerve and for once the MacKenzie brothers are shaken. Claire picks up on it immediately but instead of brushing it off lightly with a, “must be the family resemblance” or something along those lines, she turns quite self-conscious and responds with, “It seems I’ve made an error,” a statement true on so many levels. 

Favorite Location: the paddock and stable where Jamie and Claire have their picnic. We don’t have many opportunities to see the grounds at Castle Leoch - the castle and courtyard, sure (and later we’ll see a bit of the woods) but not the open grounds of the place. The field as Claire walks to find Jamie is just gorgeous and the small stable structure away from the castle help to create the feeling of freedom Claire has with Jamie at this point in the episode. It isn’t a cramped area like the castle with shadowy corners for people to lurk and hide and watch her. It is open and she can see where she’s going and it’s pleasant weather and Jamie is there helping her feel safe. 

Favorite Scene: Claire tells off Rupert. I liked Rupert in the books well enough but the way he and Angus have been adapted for the show is just amazing and I love Rupert’s dynamic with Claire. He’s more laid back in it than we will see Angus (he’s more annoyed) and the way he reacts when Claire confronts him about his spying on her is to basically just shrug and say “I’m just following my orders.” His line, “I am Dougal’s eyes, no his heid” is one of my favorites of the episode and then as he goes on to warn Claire about how she should be grateful when it’s him following her and watching her because Angus will be worse is perfection. “He willna ken what to make of that.”

Honorable Mention for Favorite Music Moment: 1940s music. Starting with Claire humming the music as she dresses for one of the intervening days before she’s supposed to leave with Mr. Petry, the 1940s music helps convey Claire’s mentality and goals with subtle brilliance. It is music that sounds like’s it’s being played on a record player or over a radio connection, with those slight imperfections in the sound quality. Then abruptly ending the track with Claire hitting her head after Geillis speaks unexpectedly becomes the perfect transition into Geillis’ introduction.

Favorite Minor Character: Geillis Duncan. Well, minor at this point in the game anyway. She injects a bit of levity to the second half of the episode with her immediate teasing of Claire that is so different from the teasing she’s received from Rupert, the immediate trust and friendship she’s found with Jamie, and the outright suspicion and awkwardness that have categorized her encounters with Colum and Dougal. Geillis offers Claire help in her own way when she invites her to the hall and translates the proceedings for her, even helping her to sneak out without causing too much of a stir. It was a presence Claire desperately needed at that point in the episode. 

Favorite Jamie and Claire Moment: the look exchanged in the hall. It’s such a small moment of connection where they seek and find each other with no larger communication necessary. He immediately finds her in the crowd as Murtagh leads him out and as soon as she locks eyes with him, she starts to follow, heedless of anyone else in the hall. Luckily Geillis is there to help her escape in way that will keep gossip down. She is just so concerned for him and his expression is a mixture of “god I hope she’s impressed” and “please let me get to talk to her some more.” 

Favorite “This wasn’t in the book” Part: Jamie and Claire exchange goodbyes. In the book there is no Mr. Petry. Colum never tells Claire that she can leave at the end of a week and continue on her way. It’s always clear that she is there until he says otherwise. As such, there is never a moment this early in Jamie and Claire’s relationship where a potentially permanent parting is imminent and so, no need to bid one another farewell. When Claire announces to Jamie in the episode that she’ll be leaving the next day, his face falls but with such subtlety as he tries to hide his disappointment. Claire is perhaps oblivious to just how disappointed he is, but we in the audience certainly aren’t (especially when you compare it to the look of impatience and reluctance that appears when Claire walks off to let Laoghaire have her word alone with him). It’s also - I believe - the first time Jamie uses Claire’s first name (instead of Sassenach or Misstress Beauchamp) and it comes out so tenderly (clearly something he wanted to save for a time in their friendship/relationship when they were more intimately acquainted but since it is probably the last time he’ll have a chance, he’s determined to use her first name at least once) and it’s his use of her first name that seems to give Claire a little moment of pause (regret?) before she puts on a polite smile again and leaves. 

Favorite Costume: Claire’s “I’m supposed to be leaving” outfit. Much as I like the costume mirroring in the picnic scene, I really love Claire’s accessories here and the color of her bodice and sleeves (it’s just difficult to get a good still shot of this particular outfit). The fur neck piece just looks so warm and those wrist warmers are one of the many pieces of knitwear that I don’t really need but would love to have in my wardrobe nonetheless. 

What YA books release this week?

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Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: February 9th
Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands.

Bleeding Earth by Kaitlyn Ward
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Release date: February 9th
Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete, even in water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones.

The Death of Lila Jane by Teresa Mummert
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: February 9th
Lila Jane is spending her summer vacation preparing for high school. But when she sneaks out to a local party, what starts out as a fun escape soon escalates into a life on the run.

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: February 9th
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown
Publisher: Del Rey
Release date: February 9th
Darrow is finally ready to declare open revolution and throw off the chains of oppression. Nothing in Darrow’s world has been easily won, and this final fight will be the most harrowing of all.

Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: February 9th
Dess doesn’t exactly fit in with her new foster family, or their daughter, Hope. But over time their differences, insurmountable at first, fall away to reveal two girls who want the same thing: to belong.

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: February 9th
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. Luna, Relhok’s princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Her survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks #1) by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: February 9th
England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her.

Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Release date: February 9th
Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior–unless it’s too late.

Earth’s End (Air Awakens #3) by Elise Kova
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Release date: February 11th
Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are servitude or death.

The Words We Thought Were True (Cozenage #2) by Jessica L. Brooks
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: February 15th
When Logan and Micah share their mutual distrust for Double M, it doesn’t take long for a friendship to form. But then Micah’s identity is questioned by the very people he claims to suspect.


Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release date: February 11th
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated.

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release date: February 11th
Sully, a sphere dealer, finds a Gold, a sphere no one’s ever seen before. All the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

White Lies, Black Dare by Joanna Nadin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: February 11th
Asha Wright has it all - a barrister mum, a place at a private school, and big dreams of a life where she’s a real Somebody. But when her mum gets cancer, Asha’s fairytale fades.

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
Publisher: Atom
Release date: February 14th
School is just like a film set: there’s The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn’t fit in.

I was very excited about this being Gone series news, since he’s the writer and producer, untill I figured it can’t be we already know he’s working on adapting the books, so it wouldn’t make sense that he couldn’t say. A part of me is still a little bit hopeful though.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Naomi

DIRECTED BY: Burr Steers


BASED ON THE QUIRK BOOKS CLASSIC BY: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

CAST:Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, with Matt Smith, with Charles Dance and Lena Headey

Official Website:A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.

I am suspicious of the words “Based on the novel by Jane Austen.” Not so much movies or TV shows, but companion novels, sequels, re-imaginings, etc. SUSPICIOUS. I get annoyed, because Darcy doesn’t sound right, Lizzie wouldn’t say that and not even Mrs. Bennet is that ridiculous. So, the fact that I love the novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” has always been a surprise to me. Really. But, how could I hate any book that has the line “Five daughters and no Ninjas? I never heard such a thing?” CAN’T. Wont hate a book that has that line.

When I first heard, YEARS AGO, that the book was going to adapted to the big screen I was excited. But, as the years went on and the film was pushed back and recast, I worried. What could be wrong with this film? Answer? NOTHING.

I enjoyed every moment of this movie. It is funny. Like, laugh out loud, clapping in the movie theater hilarious. It is smart. The filmmakers beautifully adapted the book while giving nods and easter eggs to adaptations of Jane Austen’s most famous works. I wont say what, but they are hilarious and perfect. Add to that, the most popular romance of the last 200 years and you have an enjoyable, action packed, historical, adaptation, cinematic genius of a film. 

You have ladies in corsets discussing the merits of marriage to a respectable gentleman while fighting zombies and practicing the deadly arts of China and Japan. And, I was very pleased to see fierceness of the Bennet sisters. In the books they are witty, especially, Lizzie. She uses her words as a sword, putting people in their place. In the PPZ, she is as fierce as ever, but now she doesn’t just have words, she has swords! Awesome, fierce, badass ladies, as I like. 

Then you add the casting. I like Lily James. A lot. From “Downton Abbey” and being the only thing I enjoyed about the latest version of “Cinderella” she has really impressed me with her acting chops and her ridiculously good looks. I was really nervous about Sam Riley. I mean, Darcy is a man brought to life by Colin Firth and the great Lawrence Olivier. But, Sam Riley brings a Darcy who is as blunt, awkward and heroic as any of the other men who have brought him to the screen, but added a deadly, sinister zombie killing machine to the screen wonderfully. Honestly, he stole my heart. Then add in the sinister Charles Dance in the only role that I have liked (Mr. Dance is great, but lets face it, he plays jerks), Lena Headey as the deadly and pompous Lady Catherine and Matt Smith steals the show, so hilariously, I may finally forgive him for giving up his role as my beloved Doctor. 

As a fan of the novel, I was a bit disappointed in the lack of Ninjas in the film. Leaving an all white cast, when there was a chance to add in some diversity and giving Asian actors some screen time in a major Hollywood film. 

Beyond that, the film is a pretty great bringing to life of the classic novel and also the wildly imaginative PPZ novel. It doesn’t take itself seriously and still manages to be an action film, a historical romance and a horror film all at once.

I really enjoyed this film and highly, highly recommend it. LOOK OUT FOR THE BEST FIRST PROPOSAL BY MR. DARCY EVER!!!!!

For fans of Jane Austen, fans of the Austen films and anyone looking for a fun, action packed, hilariously romantic film!

For more info: Official website and IMDB Page. 

16 Days of Outlander - Day #1 Sassenach

So excited to have an excuse to rewatch Season 1 all the way through (I realized that I’ve watched the first eight episodes way more times than the second eight, despite the fact that I only watched the first eight for the first time the day before the second half of Season 1 started airing). 

Fair warning: I’ve been trying my hand at screen caps to go with the posts for this 16 Days of Outlander. 

Anyway, onto my favorites for 01x01 Sassenach.

Favorite performance: Caitriona Balfe. From the beginning of the episode through the end, she has so much to do to carry and establish the story and not just for the episode, but for the series. What gets me every time is the scene below when she learns the war is over. Everyone else is celebrating and while I wouldn’t say she’s disappointed - she’s far too compassionate for that - she does immediately look lost. Having just come from that horrible leg injury, there’s clearly still work to be done but when her friend tells her “it’s over” I can’t help feeling that there’s a little bit of Claire that feels like her usefulness is already slipping away. To convey such depth right off the bat in the episode floors me every time. 

Favorite Claire and Frank Moment: Jumping on the bed. There are little glimpses of the marriage Claire and Frank used to have (few and far between, though they may be) but those glimpses show enough of what they’re both trying/hoping so hard to recapture - namely the levity they felt before five years of war - that I can’t help loving this little moment. It’s clearly going to take work if they are going to have any chance of succeeding - I mean, immediately after getting into their room, Frank just takes out a book and starts reading. It shows a little better the balance/dynamic they once had. Claire helping Frank not to be too serious all the time; Frank helping rein in some of Claire’s wilder tendencies. It isn’t as great a balance as she will have with Jamie but it probably worked better for Claire and Frank before the war changed them so much as individuals.

Favorite Location: Reverend Wakefield’s library/study. I mean just look at it! That fireplace, that window, how open and light it is. I would love to have a room like that to work and play in - it’s got plenty of room for both. Totally personal taste on my part but just… love it, want it, don’t care that we hardly spend any time there this episode (and can’t wait till we get another look at it later).

Favorite Minor Character: Mrs. Graham. In working on my Jamie through the stones fic, I’ve gotten very attached to Mrs. Graham as a character. I also love Claire’s surprise when she realizes that Mrs. Graham is one of the “druids” dancing at Craigh na Dun. She’s just one of those characters I really wish we could have more time with in the series as a whole. 

Favorite Scene, Favorite Book-to-Screen Adaptation Moment: Frank’s encounter with Jamie’s ghost. One scene, two favorites. This is the scene I go back to and rewatch over and over and over. The lighting, the perspective, the sound mixing/editing… I just love everything about this scene. And it’s a scene I’ve enjoyed analyzing so much in the book. That you can see Frank watching Jamie watching Claire: Frank’s attention on Jamie and the fact that he is watching his [Frank’s] wife; Jamie’s complete absorption in watching Claire fighting with the curls he loves to much. The haunting way he just vanishes when Frank turns and the lightning illuminating Frank briefly before all the power in the square goes out just emphasizes the significance of that moment so subtly and so well.

Favorite Costume: Claire’s night gown. I’m not a huge fan of the 1940′s costumes - I find the 18th century costumes more impressive but we don’t see too many of them this episode. This costume is also one of the most “traditionally” feminine costumes Claire wears. A lot of her 1940′s dresses have sleek lines but this flows and billows. 

Favorite Music Moment: Claire gets shot at (Fallen Through Time on Volume 1 of the Outlander Soundtrack). I am addicted to television and film scores and the music for Outlander is definitely up there on my list of all time favorites (seriously, at least a third of my iPod is instrumentals from soundtracks - about 2 days worth of music). The transition in this scene as Claire stumbles around the woods trying to figure out what just happened to being shot at by the Red Coats is perfected by the shift in the music from quiet and innocuous to loud and raucous (courtesy of some amazing bagpipes and drums/bodhran). 

Favorite Jamie and Claire Moment: Cocknammon Rock. It’s after they’ve been riding for a while - Claire has already fixed his shoulder which has earned her a few points with Jamie - and when she mentions the Red Coats’ preference for Cocknammon Rock as an ambush point, Jamie doesn’t hesitate to believe and trust her word. He alerts Dougal immediately and when Dougal basically asks, “are you sure?” Jamie takes one look and Claire and asserts, “yeah, he’s sure.” Then Dougal gives the order and Jamie promptly dumps Claire off the horse and breaks free of the belt she used to bind his arm to his side. 

Favorite Line, Favorite “This wasn’t in the book” Part: “On your horse soldier.” Another two-fer. I love this line that wasn’t in the book, so much so, it’s my favorite in the episode. Seeing Claire in action at the beginning of the episode when the war ended balances nicely with this line (and scene of her healing in action) at the end. They’re scenes when her mask/facade drops completely - no polite smiles or wary/guarded looks, just Claire at her most competent. The scene passes from Claire cursing at Jamie in frustration through the more somber and serious hint from Jamie about just how dangerous BJR is and ending it with this more light-hearted, mildly affectionate, but respectful note adds to the understanding that has begun to develop between Jamie and Claire. 

Favorite Performance Honorable Mention: Sam Heughan. Claire may not be consciously aware of Jamie’s feelings for her for a while but his falling for her occurs hard and fast - both on the page and on the screen. The ability to capture in that one glance what I tend to think of as Jamie’s enlightenment about his feelings, could not have been easy but there it is, broadcast for all to see. Jamie is entirely hers in that single moment by the roadside as she curses him for being too stubborn to admit he was hurt and needed help (basically, Jamie in a nutshell). 


get to know me meme: [1/5] favorite book to movie adaptations ▷ the lion the witch and the wardrobe 
“He’ll be coming and going" he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down–and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.”

Books V.S Movies
  • Book:This character is Asian.
  • Movie:White
  • Book:This character is black
  • Movie:WHite
  • Book:We don't describe what they're skin color is to leave it to the imagination.
  • Movie:WHIte
  • Book:This character is a dark tan.
  • Movie:WHITe
  • Book:This character is a POC
  • Movie:WHITE

This is my entry for the Lady Midnight ARC Contest.

The entrance to Silent City for Argentinian shadowhunters. Full of ghosts. Full of angels. And full of stories. (And some cute cats too).

The photo was taken in Cementerio de La Recoleta (La Recoleta Cemetery), which was the first public cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina (founded in 1882). I chose that place because I’ve always loved adapting the books I’d read to the place where I live, so maybe I can be in their world physically and take part in the story.  

I’m holding Clockwork Angel (Spanish edition) because it has my favorite character on the cover, and because I really love Will Herondale I wore that dress, which is a kind of burgundy or dark mauve, representing the color of his soul.

(Yes, I basically dragged a friend and my parents to a cemetery to spend 3 hours walking around, taking pictures, laughing a people´s faces when they saw us trying to get good shots and petting cats. We had a lot of fun :) ).

Thanks @cassandraclare for the opportunity!!

“young people don’t even read anymore–”

“they’re always on their phones, they don’t care about books–”

“the YA community is actually pretty small, these stories only get popular if they have film adaptations–”

“books are becoming irrelevant in today’s world, they’re almost a thing of the past–”


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