I have double the pleasure of being able to offer both a great guest post by author Chelsea Cameron and being able to participate in the Deeper We Fall (Fall and Rise #1) tour’s Grand Prize Giveaway for either a Kindle Paperwhite or a Nook Simple Touch Glowlight (open internationally!).
Make sure to check out my review of the second book in the series, Faster We Burn (Fall and Rise #2), which includes a chance to win ebooks copies of both books.
I asked: Chelsea, from your Tumblr page, it looks like you have an interest in period television like the new version of Sherlock Holmes and of course Downton Abbey (who wouldn’t love that?!). Besides the obvious eye candy and incredible costuming, is there something special about those shows and are there any others you like watching?
Chelsea: “I’ve often said that I’m really an old lady trapped in a 26-year-old body. In addition to loving tea, afghans, old books and sitting at home, I also love (read LOVE) British television. Mainly, Masterpiece Theater. Or Theatre, if you want to be super fancy about it. *adjusts large floppy hat*
What is it about shows like Downton Abbey and Sherlock? Is it the cravats? Is it the witty dialog? Is it the accents? (Yes, it’s partially the accents)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again that some of the best television comes out of Britain. Some my favorite actors and writers, too. I can’t count how many times I’ve been watching an American show and found out one of the actors was British. *cough* Andrew Lincoln *cough*
My mom (also a lover of all things British) and I have talked at length about what makes British shows different from American ones, and this is what we’ve come up with. Firstly, good writing. The dialog is snappy and clever and full of hidden symbolism. You have to pay attention to every little thing, because you know it’s important.
Second, good acting. It’s in their blood over there. They’re trained in the classics. It’s such a different environment than the US. (I assume. Not that I’ve ever been to England.) Another thing about British television is that they will cast people in shows that would NEVER be cast in the US. Actors look like real people. They are short and tall and fat and skinny and young and old. They’re not all supermodels. That’s another aspect that makes the shows feel so real and so authentic.
Third, I mean, can you go wrong with the scenery? From the rolling hills and the gorgeous landscapes of the Downton estate to modern downtown London in Sherlock, it’s all good. And they almost always end up in a pub. I love that. You can’t go wrong with ending a show with the characters laughing over a pint.”