Read Dates: Seni Glaister and Ross Poldark

This month our blog theme is ‘Love in All its Forms’ – we’re celebrating the diverse ways in which love is depicted in literature – so we asked our authors to tell us who their dream fictional date would be. Seni Glaister is torn between an 18th Century cad and a brooding Cornishman…

Seni GlaisterPoldark, Robin Ellis, Angharad Rees

‘A date with any character from fiction sounds irresistible for all sorts of reasons. And in a fictional location too? Sounds like heaven. The knowledge that I can take my pick and enjoy my date with no ramifications and no recriminations is hugely appealing. (I have assumed and taken for granted this ‘no-strings’ perk on the basis that nobody has told me otherwise). I’m certain I don’t want a date with any of the archetypal heroes that have teased and tempted their just ever so slightly unworthy admirers since they first strolled languidly on to the page with their tight fitting britches and leather chaps. So Darcy and his ilk are immediately ruled out. And anyway, that attraction is all in the pursuit, surely, and a dinner might well disappoint. The wit and the flirtation would be left entirely up to me. Again.

So I’ve set my sights on a much loftier prize. I want a date with somebody really bad (confident that it’s only a date and confident I can step out at the simple turn of a page.)  I rattle through the fictional men we love to hate (discarding the deeply unattractive ones with no redeeming features) and I settle amongst the pages of the great big, fat classic, Clarissa. At best Robert Lovelace is a cad and a rakish libertine, at worst he’s cruel, vile and corrupt but he’s witty and brilliant and clearly irresistible and this is just a date so how much trouble can I find myself in?  Exactly how charming is he?

But just as I’m losing myself in a daydream that has Richardson’s rogue finally finding his match and bowing his head in humble submission, I am broken out of my reverie by the ping of my email. I’ve been invited to a preview TV screening of the new BBC series based on the Winston Graham books I devoured back to back in my late teens.  Without hesitation I’m leaving Lovelace in the lurch (alone with the bill for something expensive and French) and in a heartbeat I’m on a rocky outcrop scanning a Cornish coastal path, awaiting a fish supper with the Robin Hood of the mining industry, the swarthy hero of my teen years.  Move over Demelza, I’ve got a date with Ross Poldark.’

Seni Glaister’s debut novel ‘The Museum of Things Left Behind’ will publish on the 21st May 2015.

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