Book: The World of Downton Abbey
Author: Jessica Fellowes
Release date (if applicable): Published
Synopsis: Fellowes' takes a "behind the scenes" look at not only what it takes to make the PBS hit series "Downton Abbey" but the history which influences the storyline.
My rating: Notin' but 5 Stars!!
My opinion: Like the series, talent must be at the core of the Fellowes name because this book was way beyond my expectations. It was so obvious that this book was well researched and much was put into its' production.
Like her father, Jessica Fellowes gives an in depth understanding as to the who, what, why and where of Downton Abbey. She studies not only the production of the show, but the history, complete with authentic posters and such from the early 1900's.
She also takes a deep look at the functioning of the aristocratic homes from the same period of time. Included in this was some backgrounds on some of the "top" butlers who served in some of the greatest homes during that era. Most heartbreaking was looking at the schedule of those that filled the "Daisy" roles. Personally, not being a fan of the concept of aristocracy, it was tough reading about the daily schedules and education of these individuals and recognizing that no longer will I be able to simply watch the scenes of Daisy and know that someone, in reality, who filled that position would be done with an accurate portrayal.
Finally, one of my favorite parts, was interviews or blurbs by the actors/actresses to give fanatics, such as myself, a deeper understanding into their roles and how history has fed into those portrayals.
Would I recommend? : Most definitely for Downton Abbey enthusiasts. I think it will help the withdrawal symptoms currently occurring!
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone