Royal Fascination

We couldn’t join the millions of spectators braving the cold wet streets of London to honor Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, so we’re living vicariously by having a DOWNTON ABBEY marathon in the comfort of our living room.

Munching buttered popcorn, we sit in our middle class home and devour Julian Fellowes’ tale about an aristocratic family living on a fictional estate in Yorkshire, England during the early 1900’s. We love the clothes. The house. The idea of having someone wait on you hand and foot. The tension between the three sisters. The interaction between the Earl and his servants. And we love watching supporting actress, Violet Crawley (Granny), steal every scene.

Maybe you don’t care to watch a 50-member ensemble cast in a royalty costume drama, but admit it … the upper crust is fascinating. I bet you have your eye on someone who has more than you right now. A movie star, a professional athlete, a Fortune 500 member, Will and Kate, or your boss who can afford that new boat you’ve wanted forever. PEOPLE MAGAZINE stays in business because we long to peek into the lives of the rich and famous.

This fascination with wealth and power is not new.

I’m researching the Roman Empire for my next book. Greed drove the Roman army into the far reaches of the frontier. People schemed to become Emperor. Even the deadly conspiracies that put an end to it all could have been ripped from today’s headlines.

Digging into the lives of royals makes for fascinating story fodder. Want to spice up your stories? Toss in some greed or envy. People won’t be able to put it down.

P.S. Just got a Twitter follow from a fabulous blogger DOWNTON ABBEY COOKS. Check it out.

About lynnegentry

Wife. Mother. Writer. Acting Coach. Director of Dallas International Performing Arts Academy.
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9 Responses to Royal Fascination

  1. Julie Marx says:

    Tee hee hee. Greed and envy! Sounds like a new Reality Show. And, of course, excellent writing advice. Thanks Lynne.

  2. Julie Garmon says:

    Thanks for the link to Downton Abbey! Looking so forward to your next book.

    People are just people, huh. 🙂

  3. Lynne Gentry says:

    Girls, if you haven’t watched DOWNTON you’re missing a tremendous opportunity to see character development at its absolute best.

  4. Rick Antwine says:

    I love reading your writing. It relaxes me. Timely subject matter for me. I attended practice with the Southlake Community Band last night. Those folks are loaded. Will try to avoid envy and praise their generosity.

  5. Jane Thornton says:

    Hmmm – I’ve been staying away from greed and envy because they’re so ugly. I need to rethink that position!

  6. Beth Goddard says:

    I haven’t seen it either but I want to. On the rich and famous, it’s interesting to think that even THOSE people have someone they envy. There is always someone richer or better-looking or more popular, and there is never enough money, no matter how much you have. I love reading the stories about the super wealthy movie stars who have it all and then in the end, finally realize it doesn’t satisfy. People like Kirk Cameron. . .who end up looking to God because having it all, still isn’t enough. 🙂


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