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.
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