I was devouring this book. Devouring it. I was astonished at how much better the plot of this book was, how much she’d grown as a writer.
And then commenter Sushi pointed out that it’s Poldark.
E.L. James just rewrote Poldark.
- Maxim is the only male relative of the Earl of Trevethick. Ross is the only male relative of the Master of Trenwith.
- The Earldom includes an estate in Cornwall. Trenwith includes ownership of an estate in Cornwall.
- Maxim is captivated by his young housekeeper who has escaped an abusive past. Ross is captivated by his young housekeeper who has escaped an abusive past.
- Maxim’s captivating young housekeeper has an uncanny talent at the piano. Ross’s captivating young housekeeper has an uncanny talent for singing.
- Maxim’s brother and closest male relative married Maxim’s first love and childhood best friend. Ross’s cousin and closest male relative married Ross’s first love and childhood best friend.
- Maxim stands to inherit the Earldom until Caroline reveals she’s pregnant with her late husband’s heir (spoiler alert). Ross stands to inherit Trenwith until Elizabeth produces an heir before her husband dies.
And for extra fuckery? Ross Poldark owns mines in Cornwall. Trevethick is the real-life name of a famous Cornish mining engineer.
I shit you not. She did it again. She took someone else’s work and she did it again.
Now, lest you go, “Oh, well, it’s like when people remake Jane Austen novels,” Winston Graham’s final Poldark novel came out in 2002. We’re not talking, oh, this is so old and out of copyright and nobody alive even owns it anymore. This is quite literally Fifty Shades of Twilight all over again. And the poor dude can’t fight her because he’s dead.