Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy…I love period drama TV.
At least once a week, BBC Masterpiece is playing on my television. If it isn’t that is only because I have a Jane Austen film running.
You would think a show like Downton Abbey would be my best friend. I want it to be! However, my chronic illness is keeping me from binging on this current British classic.
Oh, I tried watching it. I got through the entire first season and even some of the second. Although it is undeniable that the writing is superb, I simply couldn’t keep up with the many, MANY storylines. If you’ve ever seen the show, you understand what I mean; at any given time there are at least six storylines being juggled (often more than that) and the viewer has to keep up with the twenty-plus “main” characters.
With chronic illness, I have a limited amount of brain-space. Keeping up with daily life takes a tremendous amount of space, so when I watch TV I don’t have much left over. Downton Abbey, simply put, took up too much space.
Besides, when I found out that Matthew dies, I thought, to h*** with this show.
Someday I will be able to watch Downton Abbey without getting a headache and feeling exhausted at the end. Today is not that day (thanks to chronic illness) but someday…
To my readers: what shows do you enjoy watching (whether on DVD, Netflix or other)? What shows can you NOT handle right now?