Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sparkle Abbey on Downton Abbey

by Sparkle Abbey

Downton Abbey’s final season launched this past week and so we couldn’t let this major event pass without a nod to this highly acclaimed British drama.

You might remember we did a contest a while back with all the differences between Downton Abbey and Sparkle Abbey. And now, our latest book Downton Tabby offers even more entertaining comparisons. Check out our "The Pawleys: A brief episode in the British family hiss-tory of Lady Toria Cash, the feline fatale of Downton Tabby."

No spoilers here if you haven’t watched the first installment in this final season of Downton, but you can bet there will be butlers and maids, elegant frocks, fancy dinner parties, secrets revealed and problems in love, some below stairs and some in the drawing room.

Why do we (and millions of viewers) love this show so much? The twisted plots? The intrigues? The beautiful costuming? The “no-they-did-not-just-do-that” writing?

We believe the bottom line is whether it’s a book or a movie, and whether the setting is a cozy, quirky small town, a galaxy far, far away or a castle in Yorkshire; we all continue to watch or continue to read because of the characters.

The characters in Downton Abbey have become our friends and we want to know what will happen to them next. The stoic Carson, the sometimes clueless Lord Grantham, the forward-thinking Isobel Crawley, and the just-can’t-get-a-break Lady Edith. And then poor Anna and Mr. Bates who give new meaning to “when bad things happen to good people” adage. Plus the evil Thomas who can always be counted on to shake things up. And the best, the very best, Lady Violet, the Dowager, who routinely delivers the zingers we love.

Here are a few:

"At my age, one must ration one's excitement."

Mrs. Crawley: "I take that as a compliment."
Countess Violet: "I must've said it wrong."

Dr. Clarkson: You want me to lie?
Countess Violet: Lie is so unmusical a word.

Cora: "I hate to go behind Robert's back."
Countess Violet: "That is a scruple no successful wife can afford."

"There's nothing simpler than avoiding people you don't like. Avoiding one's friends, that's the real test."

"I don't dislike him. I just don't like him. Which is quite different."

"All this unbridled joy has given me quite an appetite."

"Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house."

"Principles are like prayers; noble, of course, but awkward at a party."

"Don't be defeatist, dear, it's very middle class."

And our favorite:

"Vulgarity is no substitute for wit."

What do you think? Do you watch the show? And, if so, do you agree with us that it’s the characters that have made the show such a success?

We’d like to hear your thoughts?

Comment below to be in the drawing for a signed copy of Downton Tabby.

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They write a national bestselling pet-themed mystery series set in Laguna Beach. The first book in the series Desperate Housedogs, an Amazon Mystery Series bestseller and Barnes & Noble Nook #1 bestseller, was followed by several other “sassy and fun” books in the series. The most recent installment is Downton Tabby and up next is Raiders of the Lost Bark. www.SparkleAbbey.com


5 comments:

  1. Oh, I love reading this post. Yes, I'm a diehard Downton Abbey fan, and I'm going to feel crushed after watching the series finale. But I suppose I'd rather it went out at the top of the charts when everyone wants to still be there--both cast and viewers. If I ever win the lottery I'm renting Highclere Castle for a month and inviting a hundred of my favorite people to come and stay. Yes, Sparkle Abbey will be invited :) Thanks for a delightful post!

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    1. Thanks, Ritter! We agree, as sad as we are that it's the last season, it does seem better to go out at the top of the charts. Still, we'll be sad.

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  2. I love Downton Abby and I'm sad that it's the last season. I think it's so popular is because Americans are fascinated by the British aristocracy. Not only is it a good story but a look into what life was like in an Era that we can't imagine living in. The characters are classy and the costumes draw you into their life and you see how the rich and also how the staff life. Downton Tabby is on my TBR list.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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    1. Dianne, you're so right. The storylines are great and it does give us a glimpse into an era we can only imagine. :-)

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  3. I love Downton Abby and I'm sad that it's the last season. I think it's so popular is because Americans are fascinated by the British aristocracy. Not only is it a good story but a look into what life was like in an Era that we can't imagine living in. The characters are classy and the costumes draw you into their life and you see how the rich and also how the staff life. Downton Tabby is on my TBR list.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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