The parallels between Game of Thrones and Outlander have always been obvious, with their fantasy elements, huge fans, hit TV shows, and of course, the fact that the writers haven’t finished the series yet.
However, there is a glaring difference between the two, the GOT TV show has passed the George RR Martin books – something Diana Gabaldon says won’t happen with Outlander.
It is now a question in television history how well the eighth season finale of what was until then one of the most successful television adaptations in decades has been received, with the writers of Game. of Thrones David Benioff and DB Weiss criticized by fans for their version of Martin’s Unfinished Works.
And fellow author Diana has nothing but sympathy for her friend George, in a recent interview with the Guardian newspaper she said, âPoor George, I am so sorry for him.
âWhat happened was his show caught up with him, and he then met the showrunners and he told them what he was planning to do in this book, so they could then write in. result.
“Only they didn’t write accordingly, they took his things, twisted them and wrote their own ending, which was not at all what he had in mind but used all the elements he had in mind. ‘he told them. “
And Diana, who has just released the ninth and penultimate book in her Outlander series, Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone, and is already working on the tenth and final book – as well as a prequel – is adamant. that what happened to her boyfriend will not happen to him.
âThey’ll never catch me,â she said. “I’ll definitely finish the 10th book before they finish the show.”
It looks like it will, the series, which is currently set to air its sixth season, is still only about the events of book six.
And although “Don’t Tell the Bees” came out more than seven years after Book 8 “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood”, Diana explained that it was simply due to the fact that it was one of the most difficult books to write because of the “timeline”. .
Perhaps most interesting of all, Diana named one of the chapters of the recently published book 9, “Winds of Winter” after the title of the highly anticipated sixth novel by George RR Martin – and in preparation for more than ten years. years.
Adding that it was a “wink or a dig, depending on how you want to interpret it”.
She has previously scoffed at their different value ethic, stating in 2016: âUnlike George, I write no matter where I am or what else I’m doing.
âIn fact, well, he admits it himself. He loves to travel, and he cannot write while he is traveling. It’s just his way of working. Everyone has their own writing mechanism.
The writer confirmed that she had already planned the final scene of book ten after seeing it in her mind 20 years ago in the middle of the night and writing it with “tears streaming” down her face.
She added that she still hadn’t fully figured out how she would get there.
Whatever happens, we’re sure fans will enjoy seeing how it all unfolds.
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