Friday, March 4, 2011

I'm Hooked

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Thanks, Liz and Alysoun, for getting me hooked on Downton Abbey. I know, I missed the bandwagon on this, as it was initially broadcast in January on Masterpiece Classic, but on your recommendation I bought it on iTunes. (Then, of course, it came out on Netflix--grrr.)

I am one happy British-drama-watching camper. I am totally hooked. Someone, please unplug my Netflix so I can get something done around here...

And guess what's up next on Masterpiece Classic? A remake of Upstairs, Downstairs, coming in April.

Anybody else a fan?

11 comments:

Ilsa Setziol said...

There's been a lot of middling stuff on Masterpiece of late, but I liked Downton Abbey. Even got the hubby to watch. Though the original Upstairs, Downstairs still takes the prize.
Another good (recent) one: Cranford.

Gentle Reader said...

Ilsa--I loved Cranford (the first and second series), too! The novel is sweet. I also liked another BBC adaptation of a Gaskell novel, North and South. Richard Armitage is totally appealing in it!

Ilsa Setziol said...

ooh I see it's available for streaming off Netflix. Score.
Say, did you read Nicole Krauss The History of Love? Just finished it and started the new TC Boyle.

Gentle Reader said...

Ilsa--My book group read The History of Love a few years back, and we were split about it. I remember enjoying her writing, but thinking the story was flawed. What did you think? I haven't read the new TC Boyle yet, but looks interesting! You'll have to let me know what you think. By the way, good job getting the hubby to watch Masterpiece with you!!!

Ilsa Setziol said...

Yeah, I was underwhelmed by The History of Love. She couldn't make some of her concepts fly. I skimmed parts, persisted to see how she'd wrap it up. Best thing I've read recently: William Trevor Collected Stories. Haven't finished the collection yet, but he sure is a fine writer.

Gentle Reader said...

I agree on Trevor--he never disappoints. Though I think he's a better short story writer than a novelist. Recently, I liked Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad, mostly for the writing style. Some of the characters were fascinating, others less so. But enjoyable overall. Next up for my book group is Day For Night by Frederick Reiken, though I don't even have a copy yet...

Anonymous said...

Our book group chose The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman as our next book. Don't know much about it. We'll see. I just got Downton Abbey from Netflix to watch again just as soon as I have 6 or 8 free hours!

Liz

Stefanie said...

Seems like lots of book bloggers have been raving about this one. I think I will avoid it until I have plenty of free time. Nice to know there is something good to look forward to though!

Ilsa Setziol said...

The Imperfectionists is fun and well written, but not up to the hype. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
PS Thanks, Gentle Reader, for the recommendation on North & South. Devoured it. Hope to see you soon.

nathaliefoy said...

I loved it! My husband was hooked, too. Be prepared, though, for cliffhangers even in the last episode. Apparently, more episodes have been optioned. The script is by Julian Fellowes, whose Gosford Park is one of my all-time favourites.

Gentle Reader said...

Liz--I whizzed through Downton Abbey far too quickly--now I'm impatient for the next series because the ending left too many loose threads! I just started The Imperfectionists--can't tell whether I like it or not, yet. But looks like we will be reading it at the same time--let's talk about it when we're done :)

Stefanie--It's on netflix streaming, so I tried to pace myself, but couldn't, and ended up watching it over the course of one weekend. My eyes are tired just thinking about it! But it was worth it, I'd save it for a treat :)

Ilsa--So glad you liked North and South. Juicy, eh? I just started The Imperfectionists, will let you know what I think! Would love to see you some time soon, maybe a lunch with Julie...

nathaliefoy--yes, cliffhangers--darn them! But definitely something to look forward to for next season. I like Fellowes, also. Gosford Park is a favorite. Also, he wrote a novel called Snobs that was pretty funny.