Starz’s hit time-travelling drama Outlander will finally return to screens in June with a thrilling new look at the lives of residents on Fraser’s Ridge. As fans await the season seven premiere, many complained about the stark difference between Claire Fraser’s (played by Caitriona Balfe) personality in the novels compared to the TV series.
Outlander is the onscreen adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s hit novel series.
As the first book was released in 1991, many of its readers tuned into the drama when it premiered in 2014.
The series took viewers by storm as many were intrigued to see how the adaptation played out, while others were enthralled by the spell-binding romantic storyline.
Despite Outlander’s continued success, observant viewers have exposed the huge difference between how Claire was written versus her portrayal.
An enraged reader took to the show’s fan page on Reddit and asked: “Anyone else getting tired of Claire never listening? And the show having way too much drama?”
The user u/SnooRegrets2206 fumed: “She f*****g never listens to Jamie and is always causing trouble. She’s way too entitled and it’s annoying as hell.
“I hate how every episode has SOMETHING crazy going wrong. How many times can someone be kidnapped?
“Like Jesus. Most shows have episodes where something good happens and it ends happily, but this show is constant bs happening.”(sic)
Another fan u/everyothernametaken2 agreed: “I did notice that the show seems far more dramatic than the books.”
u/SomeMidnight411 added: “Yep, Claire’s definitely a hot head and she p****s me off.”
Despite the complaints, some viewers came into the show’s defence, including u/nowqueen1960 who added: “It wouldn’t be as interesting without the drama.”
u/elocin__aicilef wrote: “Nope. It’s my favourite thing about Claire. She does what she thinks is right. I love how strong she is in her convictions and that she doesn’t let anyone sway her.”
In response, u/Icy_Outside5079 explained: “ SEASON 4 was also written by a new writing team who came in with a different perspective ‘Strong Claire, Super Surgeon, Jamie as her trusty sidekick’ rather than the strong man Diana created him as.
“They got so much negative feedback, not only from the fans but Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan because they weren’t being written true to the books and what they know about them.”
The Redditor continued: “After S4, Matt took over as the sole showrunner and Caitriona and Sam came on board as producers so they shifted back to more stories from the books.
“Even when using the book stories, toned down the angry Claire and made Jamie more of the boss that he is depicted as.”
When season seven premieres there will be even more drama in store as Outlander released an action-packed trailer.
The teaser opened up with Claire’s husband, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) telling her a dream he had.
But as Jamie could be heard in the voiceover, the clip cut to Claire filling a pail of water for flames that were reflected on against the trough filled with water.
This hinted at the long-awaited fire which was first teased in season four and inspired Brianna to travel to the past to warn her parents about the blaze.