Diana Gabaldon
A picture of "Outlander book series author Diana Gabaldon (left) and Executive Producer of the Starz TV series Ronald D. Moore (right) at the 2013 New York Comic Con. Outlander/ Facebook

The “Outlander” books have been around for nearly two decades, with the first book published way back in 1991. The series has had a profound influence on many people, for the Gaelic language and the industries in Scotland. Since Diana Gabaldon has touched so many hearts across the globe, the cast of the TV series celebrates the author on World Book Day.

World Book Day is generally celebrated on April 23, with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) promoting reading and publishing across the globe. However, World Book Day is celebrated on March 1 in the UK.

The official Twitter page of the TV series celebrates the work of Gabaldon, who started this whole journey not only for fans but also for the cast and crew members of the show. The tweet (see below) also asked people to talk about how Gabaldon’s books influenced their lives.

Among the people who have responded to the tweet are the leads Sam Heughan (Jamie) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire). Both actors have shot up to international fame after the success of the show, travelling across the globe to meet the fans.

Balfe said that her whole life changed thanks to the books. Heughan said that feels the same way, adding that the books have positively changed the whole country, his friends and his world. Gabaldon acknowledged the tweets by both actors (see below).

The headquarters of the TV series is in Scotland, but the cast has travelled as far as the US and Japan to meet with fans and promote the show. Three seasons of the popular series have already aired, with the cast and crew currently filming season 4.

As viewers wait for the next season to premiere, they can watch the previous seasons again. Sony Pictures at Home UK has released a new trailer for season 3 online [see below].

Credit: Sony Pictures at Home UK/YouTube