I’m talking about those classifications to help explain how new ideas and technology spread through cultures. You know the ones: there are the ‘innovators’ (those annoying people who have to have the latest gadget before it’s come off the production line) and then there are the slightly more circumspect but still very up-to-the-minute, ‘early adopters’.. and so it goes on, until you get to the last group of people. Those who are the very last to catch on to anything. Well, they’re the laggards.
You see, the BBC Sunday night Poldark TV series is nearly at an end and I’ve just realised how good it is.
I’m one of those saddos who can remember the first Poldark series, back.. ahem, in the ’70s (I watched it from my cot) and there was a little part of me that thought ‘Nah, it can’t be as good as that’ but I’m writing something that needs a HERO and I wasn’t feeling very inspired and everyone seems to be swooning over Aidan Turner, who plays Ross Poldark, so purely for research purposes you understand, I watched Part I yesterday and Part II tonight and yes… I am hooked.
If you are intrigued – or if, like most of the (female) population, you’ve been watching it since episode one – then you might be interested in Kim Fleet’s fascinating post on what Poldark can teach us writers!
And there’s a great interview with Poldark screenwriter Debbie Horsfield, on the BBC Writers Room website here.
One of my favourite authors, Marian Keyes, has even come up with a Poldark bingo card, which you can use for the last two episodes!
And finally, to celebrate my coming into the fold-that-is-Poldark, I’m giving away a brand new copy of the first book in the 12-book series: the appropriately-named ‘Ross Poldark‘ by Winston Graham.
Just leave a Poldark or hero-related comment under this post by 9pm on Sunday 19th April 2015 and you’ll be entered into the random draw. Are you watching it? Do you hate it?! (gasp!) or why do you think Ross Poldark is such a good hero?! (Or who’s written a better one?)