Outlander vs Poldark? Who would win the battle for the King of Men—Ross Poldark or Jamie Fraser? Our bloggers tackle this vital question.
Hi, my name is Ashley, and I’m an Obsessenach. I imagine you are too, and it feels so warm and fuzzy to be among such wonderful friends. While we’re sharing, a quick question — are we in the tree of trust? I think we are, so here goes… *deep breath*
Confession: I might have a tiny crush on Poldark. Okay, FINE — it’s a ginormous, unabashed, unrelenting, must-have-more type of crush on Poldark. Yes, the period drama on BBC (PBS here in America, Sundays at 9:00 pm). And let’s be clear — yes, Poldark the MAN. It’s a fixation that is making me question my professed loyalties to Outlander and our beloved King of Men, Jamie Fraser. Or maybe it’s Aidan Turner versus Sam Heughan. Or maybe it’s our delicious show versus this other delicious show? Or maybe not. Ah hell, what a good problem to ponder. Amirite?
But before you judge me, let me explain…
It started innocently enough — doesn’t it always? It was mid-July, and there I was, still basking in the satiated fan glow of the 90 minutes of glorious television that was “Dragonfly in Amber” and facing down another lengthy #Droughtlander when I got a few [hundred] text messages from my mom that all looked similar to this:
Side note: Mom’s emoji game is strong.
Pause for context: It’s important to note that I was the one who tirelessly sold my mom on my need for her to binge watch Outlander… which she finally did, over the course of the 10 days she cared for our three-year-old son while we were on vacation in Scotland (possibly checking out a couple of Outlander scenes while we were there. Maybe.). Nice, right? As an aside, I’ve recently giddily accepted my lot in life to serve as the parental go-to entertainment resource, fielding weekly inquiries like, “Okay, done. What show is next?” This lovable duo puts my binge watching to shame.
So when I got that text from my mom, the role reversal had me a tad “whoa — pump the brakes, mom…” as if it couldn’t be possible there was a show I’d missed pushing forward to others, let alone watching myself. Also, is she implying that the King of Men has been replaced?!?
And then I googled “Poldark” and saw this:
Message received. Say no more. I’ll give the first episode a whirl… you know, for the scenery. Three days and eight episodes later (darn that day job), I had finished the first season and found myself suffering from all-in fan withdrawals and Googling things like “Poldark filming locations,” “Poldark cast real life,” “Poldark shirtless farming”… you get the point. This confused me, and my search browser, which I just imagined auto-correcting my frantic typing to “Outlander” as a gentle way to course correct my loyalties. I felt… well, I felt utterly guilty.
But wait, Outlander isn’t on right now. In the midst of a dry and brutal Droughtlander, is it still considered cheating to accept the cool oasis of a worthy substitute? After all, as that other Ross once famously said:
I mean, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do? Right?
Which is why Poldark Season 2 being on IN THE MIDDLE OF DROUGHTLANDER seems as if it was all part of God’s (insert your favorite deity/fatalistic icon) plan. It’s almost as if the powers that be at both shows coordinated the timing of their respective seasons over a dram of whiskey and a knowing nod, assuming that one period drama-obsessed audience full of Anglophiles would surely love another just the same. And boy were they right.
I’ll spare the disgrace of placing an Outlander synopsis here for obvious reasons. However, for those who haven’t sampled Poldark yet, the show is based on a series of books by Winston Graham set in the 18th Century that span decades. Sound familiar? It focuses on Captain Ross Poldark (played by that tall drink of water pictured above, Aidan Turner) who returns from soldiering in the Revolutionary War to his home in Cornwall to find everything gone — from his father to the family mining business to the woman he loves and thought he had an “understanding” with. He must reconsider and rebuild all facets of his life, and we willingly come along for the ride — one set against a backdrop so stunning and rugged that you find yourself swiftly adding Cornwall to your vacation wish list. Again, sound familiar?
Turner’s portrayal of the struggling protagonist is steeped in enough charisma, a particularly appealing sense of masculine vulnerability, an innate ability to carry a show and a well-toned chest that could launch a thousand ships. Last time, I swear — sound familiar?
It’s almost as if I was being forced into a rather cruel, yet scrumptious, game of “Would You Rather” — about the show, the cast, the emotional connection, everything. With all this googling and ogling and binging and every other -ing, I kept insisting to myself… I can’t be alone in my love triangle, right?
Clearly, it was time to phone a friend… or a few. With that in mind, I reached out to a few of my fellow staff writers who had admitted suffering from the same Outlander vs. Poldark dilemma to help me settle this once and for all. You know those psychological ink blot tests where patients are asked to state the first thing that pops into their brain upon viewing an image? This is that, Obsessenach style. Consider this your group[ie] therapy couch.
Who sells a show better? Battle of the publicity department’s money shot:
Janet Reynolds: Selling by Photoshop is never a good sign. Jamie had me at the rocks.
Anne Gavin: I’d have to give this one to Ross. Sunsets and windswept curls get me every time.
Denise Stewart: Definitely Scotch on the Rocks!
Ashley Crawley: Ah yes, you always remember your first time… as in, the first time Jamie’s knee played peek-a-boo with me. It’s hard to top that. But Ross’ glare? Swoon. And his scent. I understand it’s a two-dimensional photo but my scratch-and-sniff version would have Ross delivering a proportionately delicious blend of sea spray, earth and THIS WAY TO MY BED.
Janet: First and above all else, we have knee porn. End of story. Sorry, Ross — but you’re wearing too many clothes.
Anne: Jamie with a wee knee keek and those gorgeous HANDS! Prefer a grubbier Ross anyway.
Denise: Sorry, Jamie has this one hands down. Never have been into the primary color block look.
Ashley: Jamie for the rugged-but-sturdy win. Ross is conjuring up too many memories for my liking here of that “B” I got in sophomore History class. (Hi, Mr. Jucker!)
The look. You know the one:
Janet: Um, hello. I’m sorry but those blue eyes melt clothes. End of story.
Anne: Blue-slanted cat eyes, jaw, chin dimple… I mean — come on — this isn’t even a fair fight.
Denise: This one is a little tougher. But the blue eyes and wet look has me swooning a bit more.
Ashley: #PoldarkAndHandsome, indeed. But, Jamie. Because, well, Jamie.
Oh hell, we’re doing this? Yep, we’re doing this:
Janet: Okay, so Jamie looking directly with love and Ross looking with a “I’m not sure I fully understand why I’m here” look? And that’s without saying what comes next… which is probably one of the top ten most amazing hours of TV EVER. Outlander. Hands down.
Anne: There is nothing more dazzling than a man in full kilt. Jamie cleaned up really nice — even brushed his copper locks, which normally I wouldn’t like, but seemed fitting for the most important day of his life. I defy anyone to say that the Outlander Wedding was not the wedding of all weddings.
Denise: I’m starting to see a pattern here, but the whole Outlander wedding took my breath away. From their first meeting when Jamie says “Your servant, Madame” to the end when she sees her reflection in Frank’s ring and everything in between, Outlander won the wedding. (Although that look that Ross is giving Demelza is, well…)
Ashley: Well, considering that Ross and Demelza’s marriage seemed hurriedly cobbled together from “ah hell, I sampled the goods… now I better do right by you.”… this one solidly goes to the Frasers, whose union (take it however you’d like) we eagerly anticipated through six episodes of build-up.
Who doesn’t love a good man who can get his hands dirty?
Janet: Okay I just find Ross’ abs scary. I mean who HAS those? Less is more, ladies, less is more.
Anne: Yes. Ahem. Ross. Not a fan of the bristly chest hair but you can’t overlook that perfect six-pack and the toothy white smile. Shirtless farming EVERY.DAMN.DAY. Now — if Jamie had his shirt off, it might be a different story.
Denise: I want to say Jamie here. But I have to say Ross. Maybe if we could have Jamie shirtless, it would even the playing field. But, come on — those abs, the tan, the lighting… it’s got to be Poldark!
Ashley: Anne’s right, and my Google search history doesn’t lie — shirtless farming and shirtless mining have become my new favorite spectator sports. Let me be clear, I ADORE Jamie Fraser, but where Ross (and Aiden Turner, for that matter) has a greater every-man attractive appeal to me, Jamie/Sam seems a bit like a creature that might have been chemically designed in a Harlequin romance lab. (PS, let’s take a field trip there.)
…and one who cleans up nice.
Anne: Oh, Ross…I’d synchronize swim with you any day. I am more into the less demure swim style of Ross here. The man lets it all hang out and I am loving it. Sorry, Jamie.
Denise: This has been a topic of discussion around the Outlander Cast Blog. I understand it was cold, but the one hand? It has me baffled. Having said that, I’m thinking the lagoon that Ross has found would be a little more conducive to bathing.
Janet: In theory, I should vote for naked Jamie… but I have to say this was a period when Sam seemed to be going overboard in the workout arena. This chest is just too big, especially when you compare it to… well, when you compare it to. (see Denise’s comment on hands.)
Ashley: Is it possible to frolic in water? If so, I’ll volunteer to frolic with Ross in a Cornwall lagoon like it’s my full-time job.
Okay FINE, suit yourself. See what I did there?
Janet: Ross. The look. The color against his hair and eyes. The slightly disheveled look. Yes, I will go with you and I will go with you right now.
Anne: I have to go with Ross here. Navy blue on a man always gets me… plus the hair, the HAIR! Love Ross’ wild curls and set of jaw here.
Denise: YAY! Back to Jamie! This fine French jacket and that clean look just takes my breath away. It makes me want to know what he smells like, too. But that could be dicey in 18th Century France!
Ashley: I’m digging on Ross’ crushed velvet look, but fancy pants Jamie takes the French cake for me here.
There’s no place like home… but which one? Lallybroch vs. Nampara:
Janet: See, this is where my having seen the original Poldark and having read all the Poldark books (twice) makes this tough to actually choose. I’ve got the benefit of full experience with both… I can’t choose! Don’t make me!
Anne: Sigh. Take me home to LALLYBROCH! Besides, they have better servants there. Hello, Jack-of-All-Trades, Mrs. Crook!
Denise: Lallybroch, nuf said.
Ashley: I’m with Janet, why choose? I’ll take Lallybroch as my permanent residence and Nampara for a summer cottage. Splendid!
My man on a horse is here… and, also here:
Janet: I think Jamie is the better rider… and that’s all I’m going to say. Do with it what you will.
Anne: The knee porn is a tantalizer, but I have to go with Ross here. I never get tired of seeing him race across the tops of the cliffs of Cornwall. So brooding and intense. Just once, can I be the horse, please?
Denise: Ross always looks so intense when he’s on his horse. Jamie has a kilt and knee porn, so Jamie it is.
Ashley: I love watching Ross gallivant on his horse, but it seems to have a method-of-transportation-only value to me. However, much like Jamie told Claire in “Lallybroch”, I first fell for the King of Men when he wrapped Claire in his tartan and saddled up next to her on that long ride to Castle Leoch. Talk about your welcome wagon.
The battle of the man bun:
Janet: Man buns are dumb. I don’t care who wears them. I want to rip out both their scrunchies or whatever it is that’s holding their hair in this ridiculous hairdo.
Anne: Sorry, Aidan. The “high, messy pony” (I wouldn’t even call it a bun) is a major turn off. I mean — I want to ride your pony, Aidan, not play with my little pony. Stylist fail. But, Sam’s man bun is on fleek and the clean-shaven look puts the emphasis on his gorgeous face, which is always welcome. Sam for the win.
Denise: Aiden, there’s something about the combination of the impish grin (ala Kili) with the massive amounts of facial hair that just shakes me the wrong way. Sam, on the other hand looks like he is ready to whisper sweet nothings as he lets down his locks.
Ashley: Oh sure, I throw my hair up in a sloppy ponytail because that’s real life and it’s viewed as “rough day?”, but these guys do it and it‘s fashion? Puh-leeze. I want to vote neither, while still understanding it’s a necessary evil for an actor-in-production. But if forced, I pick Aidan because the scruffy face sells it better.
No cue needed, or appropriate:
Janet: Really, when you analyze why we “fall” for these men on TV, it’s because of moments like these. Yes, we all want the bad boy moments or the King of Men moments, but what makes a man really sexy? When he allows himself to be vulnerable. They both win here for me.
Anne: I know it wasn’t really Jamie’s fault that he was in the Bastille while Claire was grieving the loss of Faith. But, Ross really manned up and took care of things when Julia died despite his own grief. Ross deserves all the props for being a pillar of strength and support for Demelza and all around him that grieved the loss of that sweet little girl. Heartbreaking scenes for both, though.
Denise: I cannot with good conscience choose either of these scenes as better or worse. My heart aches just looking at these pictures. But Claire’s veil is probably one of my favorite things she wore all of Season 2.
Ashley: Maybe it’s because, as an Outlander book reader, I knew what was coming in the Faith story line and had attempted to ready myself. Maybe it’s because it’s easier to relate — as a woman and a mother — to Outlander’s story line, but cathartic to see this type of loss and vulnerability squarely from a male’s perspective, as it was in Poldark. I can’t put my finger on the “why” with any certainty, but Poldark pulled the rug out from underneath me and shred my heart with these episodes and I still haven’t fully recovered from the shock.
We love thee… but we love thee more:
Janet: Not even debatable. Jamie and Claire. I mean just look at them. Come the f@$k on!
Anne: The FRASERS. #RelationshipGoals. A more perfect couple could never be found. Equals in life and love. Both flawed, but fiercely loyal to each other and those they care for. Ross and Demelza may get there, but not yet. The Frasers can’t be beat.
Denise: I have invested more time, energy and emotion in Claire and Jamie. They have stood the test of time and, time again. While I love Ross and Demelza together, it is still too early for me to choose them. So the Frasers have it.
Ashley: The Frasers for the win — all day, every day and twice on new-episode Saturday.
Ahh, that felt good to get it all out. Thanks for listening. The silver lining? We can love both… because in #Droughtlander, we find a thirst quencher in Ross and Demelza, and out of #Poldarkness, we will finally get the light of Outlander Season 3!
Are you an Outlander AND Poldark lover too? If so, join in the group therapy with us! Which aspects of each show — and the actors — reign supreme over the other for you? Comment below and gab along with us in Outlander Cast Clan Gathering.
Guys, regarding the "hand issue", you have to account for cold mill water 'shrinkage'. Right? Right?
Also, I do love Poldark and Aidan Turner. But in the series, the Ross & Demelza relationship gives me angst. (That damn Elizabeth.) Jamie and Claire, however, give me non-angst? Laigh – screw it – Leghair will never have Jamie's heart. As we know.
My verdict is that Sam Heughan and Aidan Turner are equally hot. Gotta love those Celtic lads.
I'm enjoying watching Poldark's second season. I watched the first season last year. I am in the process now of listening to the first Poldark audiobook. That being said, as good a story as Poldark is, and as nice looking and seemingly nice in real life Aiden is, no one and nothing tops Jamie Fraser and Sam's embodiment of Jamie. I've invested almost 15 years loving Outlander and Jamie and Claire and Ross and Demelza will never come close to replacing them as first in my heart. My only other long term love couple is Darcy and Elizabeth who I have loved since I was 18 years old. #1 and #2 forever.
That's what Anne always tries to beat into Denise… but alas, the one-hand clause continues.
So true. His heart will never belong to another… and I love that you didn't bring up Frank as the other side of this scenario.
The Poldarks are just too new for me to love them as much, but isn't it fun that we have so many period love stories to pick from!
I got into Poldark during the first Draughtlander. I had seen the 1970's series decades ago and thought I would give this new adaptation a whirl and I was sucked right in, read all 12 books like a hungry woman at a free buffet, then watched the first season over and over and I am now watching and rewatching Season 2. Thank you gods of the universe for bringing us Poldark during Draughtlander to see us through. Aiden is the embodiment of Ross. Just as I imagined him. The Poldark series is also a very faithful adaptation with a single writer which gives us more consistency and continuity; on a limited budget they have done an extraordinary job of bringing those books to the screen. Great casting, directing and production value. Love Demelza. Ross doesn't deserve her. Elizabeth annoys me, Francis was a pitiful excuse for a man but ultimately redeems himself and George is morally corrupt. Jamie and Claire can't be beat for a love and devotion that is never in question. They don't look at other men or women, they don't commit adultery (as Ross does) and they respect each other as equals. So I have to rate Outlander as #1 with Poldark a close #2.
Oh my guess I am cheating on both of these two men EXCEPT they are my stars for a book series I love, no TV show yet but Aidan as Pirate Captain Nathanael Blackthorne and Sam as Captain Thomas, Blackthorne's BF in The Pirate Captain, Chronicles of a Legend by Kerry Lynne, a gal can dream can't she, https://www.facebook.com/piratecaptain.net/
Really Fun Blog Post! I too love both, but OL is Best.
Gulp — Ross commits adultery? Yikes. Oh, Ross — you are a complicated man and delicious to look at but if that's true you are NO Jamie Fraser!
Jamie and Claire hands down. I've read all the Outlander books, none of the Poldark series. Jamie has eyes only for Claire, Ross hasn't made up his mind. Jamie and Claire are equal partners, Ross and Demelza aren't equals in the series. Sam and Cat are sexy as hell together outside of the series, Adain and Heida don't burn up the scenes around them in real life. I'm sure there's more to say. Oh, yes! Jamie and Claire!!!!!
We had too much fun bringing it to life. Thanks for reading!
Tres amusant, but I don't see this as a "versus" thing. My literary/film/musical/food/sports tastes range all over the map, so I don't pit them against each other. I just enjoy.
I haven't read the Poldark novels, but sought the show out last summer after falling for Turner in "The Hobbit." (I've also watched the first season of "Being Human," which is great.) I love him in the series but I think I'm enjoying Poldark even more as a history geek. The rise of people like George and the living conditions of French Revolution-era Britain are fascinating. It was, as the curse goes, an interesting time.
I always thought of the one-hand as keeping it down rather than covering up!
Love the comparisons but for me it's Jamie and Claire all the way!
Team Jamie and Claire and Outlander all the way. Poldark does nothing for me whatsoever. Sorry
Nice blogg post???? but, sorry Poldark, Jamie (and Claire) wins every category. Nay contest. The story, looks, marriage, scenery…..Poldark is just endless financial problems????
Nice blogg post???? but, sorry Poldark, Jamie (and Claire) wins every category. Nay contest. The story, looks, marriage, scenery…..Poldark is just endless financial problems????
Thanks for the spoiler…
I had never heard of Poldark until about a week ago when my aunt asked me if I watched it. I didn't really think about it much until I saw this comparison. I'll be spending the rest of my weekend binge watching Poldark now! Thank you for giving me a very good excuse to put off yard work!!
Well I'm with everyone else, I found Poldark during this terrible #Droughtlander!! Hands down Jamie/Sam is my guy! I love me some Aiden nd he does a great job with the character of Ross but the storyline of him and Demelza and Elizabeth frustrates me sometimes. Episode 3 of season just aired last week here and I wanted to knock him over the head if he did what I thought he was going to do….I know it's coming from spoilers grrr. But like everyone has said Jamie and Claire have it going on, no cheating either the exception of rape or lying with the king to save each other and SOOOO looking for to season 3 and the reunion!! I mean hello being apart for 20 years and back together I love it…..Voyager is my fave book!!
Very interesting,but I'm with the majority Jamie/Claire for me in every way story,loving,chemistry & the acting is brilliant!Having said that I watched Poldarks last season & now watching 2nd season,bc its damn good.Have a small crush,well maybe a big one LOL on Ross!
From a fan's point of view, I love both shows. It's apples and oranges to me. Although, I have fancied Jamie Fraser long before he appeared on STARZ. Loving Poldark, too. From an actors point of view I love the richness of the costuming, and the depth of performance from the actors. This old theatre gypsy just loves a good love story, y'all!
The onscreen chemistry between Claire and Jamie just about burns up my large screen TV. Ross and Demelza, not so much. Ross is still a wee bit reserved with his true feelings, something Jamie wouldn't do.
Ha! A mountain stream in a Scottish Winter – and several takes later – would definitely have more effect than Porthgwarra Cove in the height of summer…poor Sam!
Devil's advocate, ladies. I have shared more than one picture proving the hand theory as wrong!
Agree that the Poldarks are too new. But 100% that Sam IS Jamie! Jamie is the ultimate in well…..just about everything.
We really did have a lot of fun with it! Thanks for reading!
We started it off as more of a "would you rather" kind of thing. It transpired into what you have read! We had a great time pulling it together. Glad you read and hope you enjoyed!!
Glad to oblige! Let us know what you think!
Poor Sam, indeed! Hey, they'll be in warmer climate next season!
Kathy, what a nice compliment – thank you! The Outlander books and TV show are far more in depth for me than Poldark, creating a fully immersive fan experience (and obsession). But I do love the temporary distraction of Poldark!
The struggles are real for those Poldarks, aren't they? But they make a nice distraction while the Frasers are on holiday from my TV. 🙂
Jessica – it's my favorite book too! Thank you for reading and for sharing your comments. So appreciated!
I've taken to calling Poldark "Outlander Lite". Your comment tells me that might be accurate.
love Nathan and Cate–wish there was a TV show for them as well!
Having just discovered Outlander just prior to the release of the TV show, I have read and re-read the entire series several times, and re-watch the episodes repeatedly and can't get enough. Anxiously awaiting "Bees"…enjoying Poldark as a diversion during Droughtlander, but definitely team Jamie and Claire. In all of my 63 years of reading and watching TV, The Wedding episode remains my all-time favorite "go-to" whenever I need a pick me up or a bit of romance in my single life. I have never seen a depiction of a wedding night portrayed as intimately, sensuously or accurately as this episode was done…it was sexual but tactful. Can't recommend Outlander enough to everyone I know. Ross and Demelza remain to be seen…
OMG, I can't believe I found this blog! I'm obsessed with Poldark and am also an Outlander Lover! I found Poldark by accident recently and it has captured my attention more than I'd like to admit.
Thanks for this post!
I love both shows, but Outlander wins for all but one aspect that is so much better in Poldark.
Now I've read the outlander books, but I'm a TV only Poldark viewer.
Apparently in the Poldark book there is an rape scene that the TV producers decided to change to a not rape scene.
How great is that!!!
Think how many chances the Outlander TV show can improve on the books by stopping the rape after rape.
My big hope is that in the Outlander TV show get rid of the rape of G (I think a few lines are unnecessary for the plot and make the scene so disgusting and I am still angry about it)
Please Outlander TV writers take note!! Cut out the sexual violence wherever possible. It makes Poldark so good.
I think you've hit the nail squarely on the head here! It's a diversion, because let's be clear – if they were airing at the same time, you know which one we'd watch first and which one we'd save for another day. The pacing on Poldark is so fast that it's hard to even try and invest to the level in which we fiercely commit ourselves to the Frasers. But like you, I welcome the entertainment during the LONG gap between Outlander seasons!
OMG, I love that you found this blog! Because reading your comment made me think I was reading my own thoughts. 🙂 Welcome – you're in good company here. We love both too!
Your lips (or fingers, for typing) to Ron D. Moore's ears – I'd unequivocally welcome some creative deviations from all the rape in Outlander. YES PLEASE. While most of Poldark has me going, "you all should take a look at what Outlander is doing…", this one has me saying "Hey Outlander, let's 86 the rape please. Take a note from Poldark!" Thank you for commenting!
Poldark has nowhere near the creative direction, budget, scope or depth that Outlander has. Poldark is just a typical period soap, rather boring and with a limited cast of characters and costumes; it has gorgeous scenery but it is incredibly repetitive, we see the same cliff-side a thousand times every episode. Poldark/Demelza are good-looking but lead a pretty miserable life together, all-told. Ross is a cold fish and unsure of whether he loves his wife or another woman. They are definitely not Jamie and Claire. Poldark undoubtedly wishes it was Outlander, but it's just not.
I think you spoke a little soon on this one! The Poldark rape scene aired last week and it was changed but still very very rapey! At least Outlander provides some real depth and healing for survivors of sexual violence.
Vale – I must tell you, I wholeheartedly agree. I keep saying that Poldark is Outlander Lite. And nowhere is that more apparent to me than now, in the midst of S2. It just doesn't compare. That being said, I'm so glad to have SOMETHING in the way of a historical drama to keep me company until Outlander comes back!
Gulp — Ross commits adultery? Yikes. Oh, Ross — you are a complicated man and delicious to look at but if that's true you are NO Jamie Fraser!
I'm sorry, but isn't Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser guilty of adultery?
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I think it was one hand cuz he was just holding things at bay. C'mon, this is Jamie. I'm pretty confident that cold or not he'd get my wheel turning.
OMG. I am so with you on this dilemma LOL. But I have to add another one into the mix. I can't get enough of Jamie or Ross but I have to admit and king size crush on Black Jack Randall. Not that I like bad men, but Tobias plays him so well that come on ladies, you have to Love to Hate him. ????
I mean, she might get a "get out of jail free" card based on a tiny technicality that she points out in Ep. 2… Is your husband not alive? "No, he's not alive." …. yet.
Oh, thank you!
Sooo, maybe your crush is on Tobias? I have a crush on him for his performances and his quirky interview personality.
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These are 2 of my favorite shows. I love both men – a lot! Ha! I actually watched Poldark first, starting about a year ago, when I was trying to find something to fill my time when my favorite, Game of Thrones (and my first love, Jon Snow) wasn’t on. Then when I caught up on Poldark and was looking for another show. Just a few weeks ago, I finally took my bff’s advice and started watching Outlander. And how can you not love Jamie?! Although, Ross Poldark is probably more my type (dark hair and eyes, like Jon Snow, see the pattern?) – I’d have to give my vote to Jamie. He’s just more romantic and somehow sexier. Plus, Ross did something that made me more angry than I’ve ever been at a character I loved (spoiler: you know, the “incident” with Elizabeth). UGH. Maybe Jamie still has it coming. lol
Re the hands, keep in mind Jamie was hiding from redcoats, then covering himself in front of his sister, who threatened to make him listen by grabbing him by the bollocks as she did when he was a child! Plus, Ross forced (ie raped) Elizabeth. Jamie would never treat a lassie in such a manner.
I agree with everything you’ve said, but if making a choice between the actors, I’d take Aidan Turner over Sam Heughan any day. Not just the dark looks, but the sense of humor. All you have to do is watch Aidan in interviews to see the sincerity that oozes out of him. I always feel like Sam is trying too hard and his smile never seems genuine. I know I’ll get plenty of arguments, but you can’t dight it ladies!?
“fight it”…the attraction
I love Outlander, but I think I like Poldark more. A friend told me to watch Outlander as it represents the type of romance every woman dreams of having- the love of the wildest dreams. I prefer Poldark as it is more realistic- I think Ross and Demelza end up having a great relationship overall, with many ups and downs but with great communication and true to themselves and their relationship. YES, I absolutely HATED the scene with Elizabeth (I was depressed for days LOL), I could not believe he did that…but Poldark is very realistic to me, and they make their relationship work. Their love is enduring and true. They make mistakes, have periods of breakage, but in the end they realize how lucky they are to have one another. Outlander is idealism. It is fun and amazing to watch and get away from the real life, but common, what man behaves like Jamie does with Claire??? Usually the very passionate men have eyes for more than one woman, and those less passionate are just not like Jamie. They might only love one woman, but not as Jamie does Claire…Claire and Jamie have amazing chemistry in the movie and out and they are lovely to watch, but I actually really hate the violence from Outlander, sexual and non-sexual violence- I wish they took it out. So at this point, Poldark wins for me. I have actually listened to all 12 audiobooks and I hate that they made the characters in the movie look different from the same characters in the books. For instance, Demelza is dark in the books (black hair and dark eyes), Caroline had red-auburn hair, Elizabeth is fair, Ross has gray-blue eyes- as Francis does …o the books are amazing!!!