It is election night in the USA as I write this post for Wednesday morning.
And what better way to keep from thinking about this rancorous election year and its results than by hopping across the pond and filling my head with the ups and downs of the British royals in a new series, The Crown. This Netflix Original series focuses on Queen Elizabeth, beginning before she took the throne around the time of her marriage to Phillip.
I love to read novels set in Victorian and Regency England. I adore countless British movies and TV shows. Jerry, my hubby, calls them my “O, O” shows. (Hear that as “oh-oh” with a very proper British accent.) You know. Downton Abbey. Pride & Prejudice. Sense & Sensibilities. An Ideal Husband. Husbands & Wives. North & South. Young Victoria.
I went through a Tudor “thing” about eight years ago where I read more than a dozen novels about the Tudors (stories about all of Henry’s six wives and then other relatives besides). I read several Tudor histories. And I watched every movie and documentary about the Tudors that Netflix had available at the time.
Anyway, you can see that I was predisposed to love The Crown. And I did love it. I was completely drawn in to this first season. More than once I found myself checking facts and dates online, wanting to know about the real people behind the characters. I have even added a biography of Queen Elizabeth to my wish list over on Audible. I feel a binge coming on!!
So what is it about English royalty that captivates so many Americans like me? I mean, People Magazine has a page in most issues just to keep us abreast of Kate and William and their cute kids.
Is our fascination because so many of us grew up on Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty? I don’t know. I just know I like to step into those worlds every now and then.
How about you?