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23rd February 2012

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But then Lemberger gets to her real problem: “Downton Abbey was appointment TV for my husband and me, two people whose tastes rarely coincide. He watches sports. I watch upholstery. But as the season has progressed, the groans from his end of the couch have gotten louder.” So, that’s it — the heart of what detractors are really complaining about. In its second season, the show has begun to strike some viewers as openly — nay, brazenly! — female oriented. While it used to be required viewing for everyone who’s ever donated enough to own a PBS tote bag, Julian Fellowes has tipped his hand, and it’s all queens. And, perhaps because everything women like more than men is ripe for popular scorn (think “chick flicks” vs. action blockbusters), the author is embarrassed enough by its girlie elements that she now seems to believe her beloved costume drama has devolved into World War I Gossip Girl.

Yes, ‘Dowton Abbey’ Is a Soap Opera. So What?

Judy is secretly the Dowager Countess.

flavorpill:

But then Lemberger gets to her real problem: “Downton Abbey was appointment TV for my husband and me, two people whose tastes rarely coincide. He watches sports. I watch upholstery. But as the season has progressed, the groans from his end of the couch have gotten louder.” So, that’s it — the heart of what detractors are really complaining about. In its second season, the show has begun to strike some viewers as openly — nay, brazenly! — female oriented. While it used to be required viewing for everyone who’s ever donated enough to own a PBS tote bag, Julian Fellowes has tipped his hand, and it’s all queens. And, perhaps because everything women like more than men is ripe for popular scorn (think “chick flicks” vs. action blockbusters), the author is embarrassed enough by its girlie elements that she now seems to believe her beloved costume drama has devolved into World War I Gossip Girl.

Yes, ‘Dowton Abbey’ Is a Soap Opera. So What?

Judy is secretly the Dowager Countess.

Tagged: downton abbeycriticismwritingtelevision

  1. thelenaj reblogged this from flavorpill and added:
    I love this show so much.
  2. elaine92 reblogged this from flavorpill
  3. bexesyearofbooks reblogged this from flavorpill and added:
    Read this article. It’s lovely and says everything I want to. Downton Abbey has been a soap opera from the very first...
  4. freckl3d reblogged this from flavorpill
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  6. northcarolineinthecity reblogged this from amyohconnor
  7. wordsandfeelingsandstuff reblogged this from flavorpill and added:
    whosthatlady1: For fans of the show, an interesting read.
  8. sarpa reblogged this from amyohconnor
  9. fourforyou reblogged this from amyohconnor and added:
    People, there are dramatic music stings followed by the title card. Of course it’s a soap opera. That’s the best part....
  10. proveyrhuman reblogged this from thepermanentwave and added:
    Interesting essay over at Flavorwire. I have loved following Downton Abbey and cry through half of every episode. I’m...
  11. bexesyearofbooks said: This article is wonderful. Thank you for writing it.
  12. timetorambleon reblogged this from amyohconnor
  13. mycroftsdeductions reblogged this from amyohconnor and added:
    Downton Abbey also shows the social and political changes that took place in England in this ear. From what I recall,...
  14. judyxberman reblogged this from likeapairofbottlerockets and added:
    If I make it to my eighth decade and do not magically transform into Maggie Smith, I’m going to be so disappointed.
  15. thepermanentwave reblogged this from flavorpill and added:
    Perm Waver Judy Berman on the misogyny of dismissing Downton Abbey (a great show with feminist overtones) as “just” a...
  16. rainetoday reblogged this from amyohconnor and added:
    Agreed! High brow my Aunt Fanny. The breakout character is a sassy grandma, for goodness sake.
  17. un reblogged this from flavorpill and added:
    I dissagree. As a male I enjoy the male portrayal of men with principles. Humans, and not at all not one demensional....
  18. threeclicks reblogged this from flavorpill and added:
    If there’s one thing that makes me go ballistic (in fact, we all know there are many things that make me go ballistic),...
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