There is a lot of confusion about cross stitch. Where does Diana Gabaldon’s novel fit into the Outlander book timeline?
With so many books by Diana Gabaldon in the Foreigner universe, it’s easy to get lost in chronological order. Whether you want to read in the order of the books being released or in the chronological order of the script, there is a popular question among readers. Where does the novel come from? Cross stitch integrate?
Well there is good news for those who have read Foreigner, the first volume of the series. The two books are one. Cross stitch was just the name given to the novel when it was released in the UK. Since then it has taken on the world famous name, but the original name is still there.
Think of it a bit like Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling, which has been adapted to Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone in the USA. Many in the United States now, however, call it “the Philosopher’s Stone,” annoyed that it has ever been changed.
contrary to Harry Potter, it is the American title which has become the most appreciated on a world scale. The title Cross stitch was a play on the phrase ‘point in time’, which UK fans loved. Gabaldon knew that Claire would cross the stones twice – from the 20th century to the 18th century and vice versa – and this would make the basic “X” embroidery stitch, known as cross stitch.
However, the American publishers wanted something more “adventurous”, so Foreigner was chosen. There was a time when âSassenachâ was considered, but the editors didn’t think people would be able to pronounce it. That’s okay because it means we, as fans, can be known as Sassenachs.
Thus, when it comes to inserting the novel into the Foreigner timeline, there is no need to worry. This is the first volume in the series, so you’ve read it already!
Personally, while Cross stitch is a big play on words, the term Foreigner means more in the world of the series. After all, that’s what Claire is, both geographically and temporally.
Which version of the first book did you read first? What do you think of the title Cross stitch? Share your opinion in the comments below.
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