Many thanks for the kind welcome! I am so excited to have found this site, this series of books and the tv series on Masterpiece. I feel very fortunate indeed!
I discovered Poldark through social media. I am an avid reader (and I write as well) and have been a fan of Diana Gabaldon for over 20 years since her book Outlander came out, and these past couple of years, I have been administrator/moderator to Outlander's biggest FaceBook group (over 51,000 members) and while the tv series is now over for the season (we call it Droughtlander), many MANY members have been recommending Poldark to help ease the pain of waiting for season 2. I checked it out and fell in love with it all. Lo and behold, I am now one of the people recommending it to our group and am blogging reviews on my humor blog 'Parcas Chosen'. When I read that there were BOOKS as source material, I was delighted!! Books are ALWAYS better than the shows that try to adapt them so I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to begin this journey.
I am just starting book one and am so pleased with the writing...absolutely splendid.
I surfed the net to see what groups were out there for Poldark and happened upon yours...and am so glad you allowed me on board! I, more than most, appreciate your strict rules and standards and promise that you will find me a thoughtful member...as I so appreciate mine.
I shall return full of opinions and questions and happy to participate. Bye for now! (pop on my blog if you will...fair warning though, it is adult humor and very tongue in cheek )
Hello Oz! I have an Australian SIL and 3 Aussie grandchildren...and have been there twice, so I am a fan. :) Cheers and thank you...I am thrilled to be on this new adventure! Ta for now!
Hello EngROSSed, You certainly do have many treats in store. I'm writing from Australia & I'm always thrilled to see the international community embracing the work of Winston Graham. Look forward to your post in the future.
Hi engROSSed and a very warm welcome to the forum ! How did you hear of us incidentally ?
Welcome too to Winston Graham's wonderfully imaginative and deeply moving world of Poldark, many fans saying since he wrote the first book Ross Poldark in 1945 right up until today that he is easily on a par with Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, if not greater.
I envy you for you have such a great treat awaiting you doubtless finding yourself like many of us did on our first acquaintance, still reading completely absorbed into the small wee hours as well. Finally in all likelihood discovering at the end that they will always remain just as delightfully fresh, alive and engrossing as this your first read for many more years to come.
I also think you're very wise indeed to read all the books first before joining in on the forum. However because you almost certainly will find it almost impossible to remember everything at the end of each book you might perhaps find say a voice recorder ideal, then uploading your immediate thoughts and reactions say on each chapter onto your PC/ laptop as you go along, which you can then eventually post if you want when ready.
Many of us in fact came to the books via the first TV series in the mid-70s, others I think a mixture of both the problem of course being that back then one had to wait for the next novel to appear !
Only fully remembered quite recently how I first came into contact with Poldark which was in a very haphazard way indeed, buying Book 7 "The Angry Tide" soon after it came out in 1977 merely thinking the period cover looked very interesting, but immediately discovering it was a wonderful book in its own right yet still knowing nothing about the previous six or the television series that was being aired at the same time. In fact it wasn't until about 2003 that I finally discovered there were 11 books in all with the final book Bella on its way and was promptly hooked on them all.
It was only then that I found out about the original 70s TV series so watched that as soon as possible, but to be honest it wasn't a fair contest and unfortunately made little impression as it just wasn't a patch on the books, and why I think I'm really lucky to have had the opportunity to read nearly all the books first before seeing any film as it was pure and unadulterated Winston Graham alone. Definitely sheer bliss and obviously just the same experience that all those many earlier fans of Poldark from the Forties onwards must have felt long before the first television airing in the mid-70s as well.
Interesting how some are comparing everything with "Gone With The Wind"....
Pleasant reading and hear from you soon !
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.
Hello from Canada! I am new to everything Poldark save for binge watching the entire 8 episodes of Season 1 in 2 days. I am an avid book reader and I write as well, but am glad I stumbled upon this series the way I did because adaptations never do the original material justice and I would have hated to NOT like the BBC One version since I am enjoying it so much. Now I can run out and buy the 12 books (you have no idea how happy I was to learn there are books!) and settle into enjoying the story even more for having a few gorgeous characters happily in my head already. It is new for me as the scenario is always quite the opposite.
I think, after reading the beginners welcome here, I might hold off participating on this forum until I have read the books so I can maneuver around this site easily without fear of a big spoiler ruining any surprises. I will say Hello and Goodbye (for now) then and wish you well until we meet again. *I will pass along my first review (Poldark The Pistachio Chronicles) of the tv show that drew me to such an exciting new series (book and show); more will soon follow should you want to follow. It is a blog post and tilts towards humor...looking to make you smile. CHEERS! :http://parcaschosen.blogspot.ca/2015/07/the-poldark-pistachio-chronicles.html