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Thursday, February 16, 2012

I must admit, while I love Downton Abbey, I do not get why it is so popular compared to all the other fabulous offerings over the years from the BBC. Today, I am looking for inspiration and where else does one go but the master? Jane Austen. While Di and I disagree on the versions, I personally will never love another Darcy as I do Colin Firth. It took a while. Because I did not consider him dark like DARCY means and the first BBC Darcy (David Rintoul) embodied. But as time wore on, Colin quickly wore me down. He conveys so much in a look and it's true to the book. The depth of character in both Darcy and Miss Eliza Bennet is best conveyed in this complicated first proposal. The subtext is brilliant, no?

So I must share what has inspired me for years. What makes Downton possible and what has to be the quickest eight hours of quality television I've ever enjoyed. Again and again and again.

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At 10:11 PM, Blogger Iola said...

I have been watching Downton Abbey too. We have just finished viewing the Christmas Special here in New Zealand, and the third series is due to start soon.

But, like you, it was Colin Firth's Darcy that got me hooked. That inspired me to read Jane Austen, then some of the other great writers of the nineteenth century. I wonder which of today's authors will still be being read in 200 years?

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I wonder if it will be about vampires. LOL David Rintoul's Darcy is the one who originally got me into Austen. That was in high school and I devoured it. I have tried to get my daughter hooked, but she is just not into it. LOL

Same with Downton. I watch it alone. : (

At 2:20 AM, Blogger Rockin' Ruby said...

i saw downtown abby once and i felt confused. lol. but when i met colin firth at the age of 12 i knew i was in love. lol! after i saw pride and prejudice i readd all the austen books and i also like mr.knightly. but yes i must say, colin firth made mr. darcy come to life.

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Crystal Mazzuca said...

That scene where he comes out of the water and then comes across Elizabeth at his house...yeah, I think my DVD is a little worn from watching that part so many times ;)

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

But in all fairness, that scene is not in the book. But DANG, it should be. LOL That scene in Bridget Jones's 2 where she interviews Colin Firth is worth the price of that whole book. LOL

At 12:03 AM, Blogger Jennifer Mykytiuk said...

There is a spoof on youtube if you need your Downton fix. Here's the link to part 1:
And Part 2:

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Beth said...

You are correct about Mr. Darcy or as we know him, Colin Firth! I also loved that they didn't change the story much at all in this miniseries. You literally watched the book unfold before your eyes instead of thinking - it didn't happen like that but ok. I remember years ago I found this on VHS at my library and rushed home to watch it. Only I didn't realize I only got tape 1 and there were 3 or 4 tapes! I had to go back to the library ASAP.


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