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(Some Guy)   In terms of its appeal, Downton Abbey is more gender specific than a box of tampons. Female viewers like the show because they "secretly yearn for a time when women couldn't vote and poverty was punishable by torture"   (explodingunicorn.blogspot.com) divider line 84
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2012-09-26 11:32:05 AM
Well, that blog sucked.
 
2012-09-26 11:32:39 AM
As a female viewer of Downton Abbey, I watch because Dan Stevens is hotter than than surface of the sun, and I have a huge, huge, huge thing for English accents. He's got brown hair (dyed blonde for the show) with blue eyes on top of that, which is icing on the cake. Also, I love the clothes. That show is Dan Stevens-and-clothes porn for me. Thank God for torrents or else I'd have to wait until it airs in the US to watch it.
 
2012-09-26 11:36:59 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Well, that blog sucked.


That blog sounds like it was written by Chuck Klosterman's underachieving brother. That said, I like Downton Abbey, so I must use tampons to stop nosebleeds or something. The show has good writing and good acting, although the storylines did start to get a little eye-rolly at the end there.
 
2012-09-26 11:40:21 AM
It's a Soap Opera with top-shelf set design and costumes full of actors who have the skills (and voices) to make the most ludicrous situations sound plausible.

Bates and Carson could do a reading of N.W.A. "Fark the Police" and snag an Emmy nomination.
 
2012-09-26 11:45:16 AM

Coco LaFemme: As a female viewer of Downton Abbey, I watch because Dan Stevens is hotter than than surface of the sun, and I have a huge, huge, huge thing for English accents. He's got brown hair (dyed blonde for the show) with blue eyes on top of that, which is icing on the cake. Also, I love the clothes. That show is Dan Stevens-and-clothes porn for me. Thank God for torrents or else I'd have to wait until it airs in the US to watch it.


Dan Stevens is yummy, but Thomas-the-evil-footman is hotter.

And yeah, my friends and I have our Thursday Night Downton Drinking Circle, in which we empty our liquor cabinets and fantasize about wearing beautiful clothes and having servants. We all know that in real life the servants worked like drudges and the castles were freezing cold, and Lady Mary would cut every one of us for a decent epidural and equal property rights. It's like saying men shouldn't watch action movies, because in the real world, nobody can really jump from a car onto a helicopter.
 
2012-09-26 11:47:38 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Well, that blog sucked.


No argument there.
 
2012-09-26 12:19:13 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Coco LaFemme: As a female viewer of Downton Abbey, I watch because Dan Stevens is hotter than than surface of the sun, and I have a huge, huge, huge thing for English accents. He's got brown hair (dyed blonde for the show) with blue eyes on top of that, which is icing on the cake. Also, I love the clothes. That show is Dan Stevens-and-clothes porn for me. Thank God for torrents or else I'd have to wait until it airs in the US to watch it.

Dan Stevens is yummy, but Thomas-the-evil-footman is hotter.


resources3.news.com.au

www.dan-stevens.co.uk

You lie.

Just kidding, to each their own.
 
2012-09-26 01:02:50 PM

Coco LaFemme: God Is My Co-Pirate: Coco LaFemme: As a female viewer of Downton Abbey, I watch because Dan Stevens is hotter than than surface of the sun, and I have a huge, huge, huge thing for English accents. He's got brown hair (dyed blonde for the show) with blue eyes on top of that, which is icing on the cake. Also, I love the clothes. That show is Dan Stevens-and-clothes porn for me. Thank God for torrents or else I'd have to wait until it airs in the US to watch it.

Dan Stevens is yummy, but Thomas-the-evil-footman is hotter.

[resources3.news.com.au image 650x366]

[www.dan-stevens.co.uk image 380x150]

You lie.

Just kidding, to each their own.


That is quite the Blue Steel he's got going.

Nice eyes, but personally I can't resist a villain:

i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-09-26 02:49:36 PM
Lot of butthurt in here.

I thought the article was amusing.
 
2012-09-26 02:50:20 PM
The most successful pickup line in America is "I'm a rich, polite man with an English accent." I know this because my wife told me if she ever meets such a person she'll marry him. You don't need to be a suave foreigner to get Lola to leave me - a wino with a speech impediment would be an upgrade from her current husband

www.bbc.co.uk
"You heard him, Ginger. Fetch me my wooing flask."
 
2012-09-26 02:52:05 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Coco LaFemme: As a female viewer of Downton Abbey, I watch because Dan Stevens is hotter than than surface of the sun, and I have a huge, huge, huge thing for English accents. He's got brown hair (dyed blonde for the show) with blue eyes on top of that, which is icing on the cake. Also, I love the clothes. That show is Dan Stevens-and-clothes porn for me. Thank God for torrents or else I'd have to wait until it airs in the US to watch it.

Dan Stevens is yummy, but Thomas-the-evil-footman is hotter.

And yeah, my friends and I have our Thursday Night Downton Drinking Circle, in which we empty our liquor cabinets and fantasize about wearing beautiful clothes and having servants. We all know that in real life the servants worked like drudges and the castles were freezing cold, and Lady Mary would cut every one of us for a decent epidural and equal property rights. It's like saying men shouldn't watch action movies, because in the real world, nobody can really jump from a car onto a helicopter.



One does not just jump into a car from a helicopter. One triple back flips while spraying the bad gun with your machine gun. Sheesh!
 
2012-09-26 02:52:32 PM
I tuned out after the Ewoks hit the scene.
 
2012-09-26 02:53:41 PM
I like it because I enjoy seeing the struggles of an entrenched aristocracy against emerging technologies and changing social mores.
 
2012-09-26 02:54:49 PM
My costume dramas need gunpowder:

I'm too sexy for the Napoleonic Wars

Them too

Granted many women like the ones above watch for hot guys, but you can't deny there is a large portion of the female population, the ones that hang out in the pastel aisle in the book store, that love consume dramas. Any costume drama.

If the blogger is not getting respect and decency from the men they dates, that's sounds like they have crappy taste in men (or is looking for an excuse to treat women like crap). Not a cultural issue.

Personally, I never got the fascination many women have for corsets and emotional and sexual repression.

Maybe it's a fear of sex thing.
 
2012-09-26 02:55:43 PM
I want to live in downtown Downton.
 
2012-09-26 02:57:28 PM
I'm a dude and I watch because

i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-26 03:00:43 PM
WTF they look like Ken dolls!

What is wrong here??
 
2012-09-26 03:00:50 PM
I watch because I like to count the number of times Julian Fellowes rips off Titanic, Upstairs-Downstairs, and any number of other salad days films.
 
2012-09-26 03:04:04 PM
I watch because I'm a big fan of the Edwardian era. Formality, Foxhunting, shooting parties, dressing for dinner, the commoners knowing their place, and proper ladies in tight corsets....
 
2012-09-26 03:07:09 PM

KiplingKat872: My costume dramas need gunpowder:

I'm too sexy for the Napoleonic Wars

Them too

Granted many women like the ones above watch for hot guys, but you can't deny there is a large portion of the female population, the ones that hang out in the pastel aisle in the book store, that love consume dramas. Any costume drama.

If the blogger is not getting respect and decency from the men they dates, that's sounds like they have crappy taste in men (or is looking for an excuse to treat women like crap). Not a cultural issue.

Personally, I never got the fascination many women have for corsets and emotional and sexual repression.

Maybe it's a fear of sex thing.


It's a "grass-is-greener" sort of thing. Basically you fantasize about whatever you don't have in your life. The womens fantasize about being attractive, emotionally controlled, beautifully dressed, and being wooed by a romantic sophisticate.
 
2012-09-26 03:11:12 PM

Nurglitch: It's a "grass-is-greener" sort of thing. Basically you fantasize about whatever you don't have in your life. The womens fantasize about being attractive, emotionally controlled, beautifully dressed, and being wooed by a romantic sophisticate.


What if the women in question are attractive, emotionally in control, beautifully dressed, and being wooed by romantic sophisticates?

/deep thoughts with Jack Handey
 
2012-09-26 03:11:38 PM

Nurglitch: It's a "grass-is-greener" sort of thing. Basically you fantasize about whatever you don't have in your life. The womens fantasize about being attractive, emotionally controlled, beautifully dressed, and being wooed by a romantic sophisticate.


Except when they want to be desired by a bit of rough.

Still think has something to do with a fear of or disdain for sex. I bet many of the same crowd like Twilight.
 
2012-09-26 03:11:42 PM
I tried watching it.

On one hand, I could tell it was incredibly well-crafted and brilliantly acted.

On the other hand, there was nothing about it apart from artifice that held my interest.

So...

What is the appeal?
 
2012-09-26 03:15:45 PM

Snapper Carr: So...

What is the appeal?


An interesting look at how class defines and shapes us, set against the backdrop of great social upheaval and turmoil.
 
2012-09-26 03:17:07 PM

Wellon Dowd: I'm a dude and I watch because

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in just about every scene she is in, she looks like she is getting wet under the hood, if you know what i mean.
 
2012-09-26 03:19:04 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: An interesting look at how class defines and shapes us, set against the backdrop of great social upheaval and turmoil.


Well, class shapes and defines British people. The U.S. the historical situation with the social mobility tied to economic mobility was slightly different. It's only in the last generation that the Brits have really started to shake off the class thing.
 
2012-09-26 03:19:25 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Snapper Carr: So...

What is the appeal?

An interesting look at how class defines and shapes us, set against the backdrop of great social upheaval and turmoil.


What differentiates it from Upstairs, Downstairs which covered roughly the same territory 40 years ago?
 
2012-09-26 03:25:22 PM
It's costume porn. People in nice dresses with nice accents in nice houses having nice dinner parties.

In Britain we make tons of this shiat. I'd much rather that people watched Tyrannosaur or Attack the Block.
 
2012-09-26 03:32:56 PM

some_beer_drinker: Wellon Dowd: I'm a dude and I watch because

[i.imgur.com image 640x464]

in just about every scene she is in, she looks like she is getting wet under the hood, if you know what i mean.


That would explain her attraction to the chauffeur.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-26 03:32:57 PM

farkeruk: It's costume porn, wat. People in nice dresses with nice accents in nice houses having nice dinner parties.

In Great Britain, Our Royal Majesty's Kingdom, we make tonnes of this shiatdrivel. I'd much rawther that people watched Tyrannosaur or Attack the Block. Wat wat


FTFY, like a sir
 
2012-09-26 03:33:37 PM

Snapper Carr: What differentiates it from Upstairs, Downstairs which covered roughly the same territory 40 years ago?


Hotter women and better production values.
 
2012-09-26 03:41:36 PM
www.icebergtees.com

Honkies.
 
2012-09-26 03:43:48 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Coco LaFemme: As a female viewer of Downton Abbey, I watch because Dan Stevens is hotter than than surface of the sun, and I have a huge, huge, huge thing for English accents. He's got brown hair (dyed blonde for the show) with blue eyes on top of that, which is icing on the cake. Also, I love the clothes. That show is Dan Stevens-and-clothes porn for me. Thank God for torrents or else I'd have to wait until it airs in the US to watch it.

Dan Stevens is yummy, but Thomas-the-evil-footman is hotter.


Yeah, there's just something about a bad boy...
 
2012-09-26 03:46:32 PM
The worst thing about the show is the unbelievable empathy of His Lordship. I'm crippled but I want to butle! His Lordship'll hire your lame ass. I'm going blind, but I'm poor! This'll ruin me! Nope, His Lordship's got it. I'm eloping with the driver! His Lordship don't give a fark. But I'm your daughter, it'll ruin everything! Not really; here's some money.

Other than that, it's your standard soap opera with a Jane Austen romance tossed in.
 
2012-09-26 03:47:19 PM
I watch because the dialogue is awesomely snarky.

I first learned about it from my friends' mom, who I'm pretty sure likes the show because she grew up on an estate that's basically Downton 30 some odd years in the future. Most people though, think they'd be the titled upper house family when they'd really be the servants downstairs in the scullery.
 
2012-09-26 03:49:25 PM

farkeruk: It's costume porn. People in nice dresses with nice accents in nice houses having nice dinner parties.

In Britain we make tons of this shiat. I'd much rather that people watched Tyrannosaur or Attack the Block.


Tyrannosaur was horrifying. I don't understand why every indie British movie lately (this, NEDS) has to be unimaginably depressing.

Attack the Block just straight up sucked.
 
2012-09-26 04:25:50 PM
I like the scheming EVIL footman and Miss O'Brien. Honestly, did not like Season 2. Hope they bring back the Canadian with the burnt up face though.
 
2012-09-26 04:28:23 PM

rynthetyn: I first learned about it from my friends' mom, who I'm pretty sure likes the show because she grew up on an estate that's basically Downton 30 some odd years in the future. Most people though, think they'd be the titled upper house family when they'd really be the servants downstairs in the scullery.


My family would've been neither. Having already being descended from a combination of Merchant class and Western European aristocracy we would have been very comfortably middle class with a house maid, a cook and combination butler/valet. Basically the Crawleys at the end of the pilot before moving to Downton.
 
2012-09-26 04:29:27 PM
Pfft... what am I saying. There wouldn't have been a butler buttling for our class bracket. Still, there would have been hired help.
 
2012-09-26 04:31:21 PM

rynthetyn: Most people though, think they'd be the titled upper house family when they'd really be the servants downstairs in the scullery.


That right there describes a good deal of the Republican Party's base.
 
2012-09-26 04:41:10 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: What if the women in question are attractive, emotionally in control, beautifully dressed, and being wooed by romantic sophisticates?


Sometimes women who in real life have a lot of professional success (and the accompanying heavy load of responsibilities and important decisions weighing on us) fantasize about being completely subservient (with a safeword) to someone who is powerfully dominant (in a sexy way.) Or, um, so I've been told.
 
2012-09-26 04:43:00 PM
Personally, I watch because Maggie Smith is awesome and she gets the best lines.
 
2012-09-26 04:43:49 PM
A soap opera focused on mostly non-sexual romantic relationships where 99% of the budget goes into fancy clothes is popular with a certain flavor of woman and extremely effeminate men?

Tell me more, Mr. Romero.
 
2012-09-26 04:51:08 PM

someonelse: Sometimes women who in real life have a lot of professional success (and the accompanying heavy load of responsibilities and important decisions weighing on us) fantasize about being completely subservient (with a safeword) to someone who is powerfully dominant (in a sexy way.) Or, um, so I've been told.


Apparently it's the same for successful men who hire high end prostitutes that are willing to talk back or treat them like a dog because everyone else in their life cowers when they're around.

/Only successful enough to tolerate the girlfriend ordering the wrong pizza toppings.
//Seriously, who likes pineapple with black olives?
 
2012-09-26 05:14:39 PM

KiplingKat872: My costume dramas need gunpowder:

I'm too sexy for the Napoleonic Wars

Them too


Amen....

blog.dhpp.org

Granted many women like the ones above watch for hot guys, but you can't deny there is a large portion of the female population, the ones that hang out in the pastel aisle in the book store, that love consume dramas. Any costume drama.

If the blogger is not getting respect and decency from the men they dates, that's sounds like they have crappy taste in men (or is looking for an excuse to treat women like crap). Not a cultural issue.

Personally, I never got the fascination many women have for corsets and emotional and sexual repression.

Maybe it's a fear of sex thing.


Or maybe that's just the sanitized/fairy tale version of sex they're looking for, nothing hurts, no awkward moments or blunders, etc. it's all perfectly orchestrated and there's very little left of the dirty, animalistic business that makes up a lot of encounters. So, maybe not a fear of sex itself, but an escape from all the nasty emotional entanglements, let-downs, or weirdness that may come with the real thing.
 
2012-09-26 05:20:39 PM
I watched it and it was good but meh. Then I found The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on netflicks and don't care about this show any more.

I do love my period dramas here... this is more focused on the period tho...
 
2012-09-26 05:20:56 PM
I've never seen this show, or heard much about it. I find your comments very intriguing.

/Might have to give it a look.
 
2012-09-26 05:32:47 PM
I like it because it's well-made and well-acted, but I was describing it to someone today and it's amazing how much tension every character in the show builds up over the slightest thing (OMG, he came to dinner in a dinner jacket instead of white tie!). It shows just how foolish the upper class were at the beginning of the modern era. When they should have been girding their loins and getting ready for a very different future (or at least, not causing the First World War) but instead they were playing croquet and abusing the staff.

The biggest draw this season is watching Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine play together. It's so beautiful.
 
2012-09-26 05:37:02 PM
It's a great show and the chicken lady is the shiat.
 
2012-09-26 05:39:13 PM
I watch because I've had a girl-crush on Maggie Smith since 1969, when I watched "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" six times. And the beautiful clothes.
 
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