The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon and Illustrated by Hoang Nguyen

The Exile by Diana Gabaldon: Book CoverFinished 11-6-10, rating 2.5/5, graphic novel, pub. 2010

I am a huge fan of the Outlander series so when I saw this was being published I was excited.  The series is so exciting and the settings are so colorful that it had to be good.  And I’d finally get to see how Gabaldon envisioned Jamie and Claire.  Well, I was disappointed in all aspects. 

The story jumped around a lot and if you aren’t already familiar with the book I think it would be confusing and to add to the confusion many of Jamie’s clan members look way too much alike.  I had to go back and check who was who more than once. 

As for Jamie and Claire, well, I have a few gripes about them too.  I would have been okay with Claire except her cleavage was just too ridiculous.  There was no reason for it and it was distracting.  And Jamie is more rugged and manly in my mind (think Aragorn minus all the dirt and with red hair).  The body seemed right, but the face didn’t do it for me.  These are the same things that make it hard for a movie to stand up to the book in the minds of fans.  It was still interesting to see what Gabaldon had in mind as she wrote it.

With those complaints I did still find it a fairly fun experience.  It was quick and the illustrations were good.  This is my first graphic novel and I’m not sure the genre is for me.  I have one more sitting on the shelf so I’ll have to see what I think of that one before I write off the whole genre.  I would recommend this one to Outlander fans only and then I would tell you just to find it at the library or borrow it from a friend.

This was from my personal library.

13 thoughts on “The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon and Illustrated by Hoang Nguyen

  1. Marg says:

    I mostly liked this one. I went into it expecting the over emphasised assets though so maybe that helped.

    What did confuse me was the introduction of a new character. I only reread the first book in the series earlier this year and I was looking at this new character thinking I don’t remember you at all. I would have remembered surely!

  2. Angelica Brenner says:

    Aw, please don’t give up on comics as a whole just yet! Keep in mind that they’re a whole medium, not just one genre. They’ve got just as much variety as novels – including, alas, some titles that won’t quite be loved by everyone. :>

  3. Marie says:

    yeah- give graphic novels a chance.they’re not all stunning but many of them are. persepolis is one that a lot of people like, by marjane satrapi. good luck with it 🙂

  4. Jenners says:

    At some point, I think I’ll have to start this series. I can imagine that if you’ve read the books, a graphic novel version would be disappointing because you’ve already had a vision of your own of the scenes and characters. And I think it is a given that graphic novel women have big cleavage, right?

  5. Alice Teh says:

    I can’t help but laugh a bit at the description of cleavage. I think I’ve seen many graphic novels featuring women with big cleavages. Although I don’t read them I did browse for a bit.

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