I have recently joined the ranks of millions of viewers captivated with the personal lives of both the aristocrats and the staff at the majestic manor.
And why do we love it so? One word—conflict. Well, yes, and maybe the jewelry, and dresses, and how everyone talks fancy. But, as a writer, I wanted to examine how Julian Fellowes managed to create a huge cast of characters that we embraced so quickly. Psst, I'm only just starting Season Two...no spoilers please!
Here are the top five things Downton Abbey has taught me about writing.
1. Every character should be either rich, good looking, or in a position of authority.
|Mr. Carson, Head Butler|
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|Mathew and Mary|
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|Mr. Bates and Anna|
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|Dowager Duchess aka the awesome Maggie Smith|
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5. The villain should have a sidekick who is just as deceptive, yet has a concealed capacity for compassion and may not always go along with the plan—especially if they're feeling unappreciated by the villain.
|Thomas and Miss O'Brien|
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And here's the bonus...When in doubt, add a dinner scene.
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Who's your favorite character on Downton?