You've all heard of Downton Abbey, right? Of course you have--you'd have to live under a rock not to have heard of it. All the self-proclaimed lovers of literature are watching it these days. Everywhere I turn I hear about how absolutely shocking the last episode was!
Now, I'm not much of a TV watcher myself. I prefer movies. And when I do watch TV, I like comedies, not dramas (I use it to unwind, not to wind myself up). Yet despite this, I actually have watched a bit of the first season of Downton Abbey. And you know what? It was pretty good, I'm not going to lie. I liked it.
But I didn't keep up with it, and where am I now? Well, not up to date with the last shocking episode, I can tell you that.
Here's the thing. Normally, I am not the kind of person who keeps up with all the popular shows because I prefer reading. But many of the people I know whom I consider very literary (probably more so than I am) are totally up with the times on Downton Abbey.
So I'm beginning to wonder, and I am now asking all of you: Is Downton Abbey simply fodder for the lust that many of us Brit-lit lovers have for period dramas (as I used to think it was--and, okay, still sort of do), or is it really quality television that will enrich and enlighten me? Am I writing off something that is really fantastic? Is it worth my time?