Sunday, 17 July 2011

Guest Blog Post by Kay Woodward as part of the Wuthering Hearts tour: Kay's Favourite Costume Dramas!

Kay is one of those authors who has a sparkly online personality, so naturally I wanted to take part in the blog tour for her latest book. I squealed a bit when there was an option for Kay to talk about her favourite costume dramas. I haven't watched many, but I usually love them for the costumes. There are so many pretty dresses! I'm totally with Kay on why she likes the dramas. 

Kay’s Favourite Costume Dramas
My favourite costume dramas

There are lots of reasons why I like costume dramas. I like the stilted way everyone speaks. I like a good love story. I like the way that there’s no Facebook, Twitter or serious, scary, 21st-century news. I also like the fact that everyone is dressed up in their party clothes all the time. And I particularly like empire-line dresses. I even got married in one. Actually, I don’t just like costume dramas. I LOVE them.

I was going to list my top five in order of preference, but after shuffling these around for longer than it takes to watch every episode of Glee ever, I have settled for alphabetical order. So I don’t have a top five. I have five number ones. (I also have at least 35 number twos, but no room to list them here.)

Here they are…

Downton Abbey (2010)
This is the story of, um, Downton Abbey and all who live there, both upstairs in the posh rooms and downstairs in the servant quarters. And it’s smashing. Oh, and everyone’s in it, so it would take me about three weeks to list all the actors. But they’re all great.

Jane Eyre (1983)
When I first watched this on a tiny black and white television up in my bedroom, I loved it so much that I recorded the sound – that’s just the sound – on a cassette player. I wore out the cassette listening to it over and over. Jane Eyre’s one of my favourite books anyway, but this TV series totally brought it to life. It’s one of the reasons why I wrote Jane Airhead.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Colin Firth is my favourite Mr Darcy. End of.

Sense and Sensibility (1995)
This is the film version, starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Greg Wise and, ooh, stacks of other fabulous actors. It’s great.

Wuthering Heights (2009)
Despite the fact that this version mucked around with the chronology of the original novel, it was wonderfully dark and fiery. Smashing stuff. And if you enjoy this, there’s a chance you might like my new book, Wuthering Hearts

I'd like to thank Kay for this post, make sure you check out my review of Wuthering Hearts (link to follow) and please do let us know which costume dramas you enjoy! 

I like Merlin, Robin Hood (latest BBC series), Larkrise to Candleford, the BBC version & Keira Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice. I think that's it. 


Kay Woodward said...

Thanks for having me! And fab to know your top costume dramas too! X

Nayuleska said...

It was really to to see that we share tastes in costume drama - thank you for answering them!