Good morning, my friends! Ms. Snickers (your favorite hamster librarian) here. It’s a brisk morning, with the temperature outside at only 10 degrees. Brrr! I am nice and warm here at the library, and I can barely contain my excitement… my very favorite television series begins a new season Sunday night. That’s right, “Downton Abbey” will return to the US airwaves this weekend!
“Downton Abbey” is a show created and written by Julian Fellowes. What a talent! He is also known for films such as “The Tourist” and “Gosford Park”, and his novels “Snobs” and “Past Imperfect”. If you click on those lovely hotlinks, they will take you right to the library’s listing for them. But in my honest opinion, “Downton Abbey” is his best work yet! The characters are just sublime, the costumes and locations are quite a sight to behold, and the writing is as witty as you’ll find on television today. My favorite character is Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham (played by Maggie Smith); her one-liners just cannot be beat! I laugh heartily at her all season, especially when she and Isobel Crawley get going. What fun!
As the new season is fast-approaching, I wanted to be sure that our library is fully stocked with all things “Downton Abbey”, and boy, Dracut seems to have it all. You can find the DVDs of all the past seasons, as well as other books pertaining to the series.
One of the things I love best about the series is its historical accuracy; the dynamic between life “upstairs” and “downstairs” is so very fascinating. The incredible librarians here have made sure that everyone’s curiosity is sated on that front. If you go to their pinterest site, you can find all kinds of series, books, films, and other media relating to the time period. You can find the pinterest page here. Some of my favorites are “The Forsyte Saga”, and E.M. Forster’s novels “Howard’s End” and “Room With a View”. Then, of course, there’s always the television series “Upstairs, Downstairs”. You can find them all here at your local library!
I hope everyone stays warm and comfy during this latest cold snap. On Sunday, I’ll be boiling the kettle, putting my favorite tea biscuits on a plate, and curling up under my cage shavings to see what’s next for the Crawley family and friends. Jolly good, mates!