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The Crown

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As a lover of period and costume dramas, I am drawn to any BBC drama or wonderful Netflix series’ like The Crown. I appreciate the fashion, the manners, and the thoughtful pace. Learning about history at the same time is a plus.

The Crown follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, beginning shortly before her father’s death. She is very in love with her husband, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. I’m certain life never moves smoothly for anyone, even a princess, and the show capitalizes on real and imagined drama to excite the viewer. A quick google search sometimes proves points are exaggerated (such as the furor over the Great Smog of London, whose consequences weren’t really appreciated until well after the event). Because the characters are consistent and the writing good I can forgive it sometimes being “all froth on top, with no coffee underneath.” Note: Isn’t that a lovely turn of phrase? Someone British said on the radio this week, about an entirely different topic, but I loved it so much I had to find a way to use it.

I can forgive shuffling events for a clearer narrative and imagining conversations that might not have happened (such as Elizabeth conferring with her Uncle, which historians say would have been unlikely) because it is necessary when telling a story of this scope. Elizabeth herself, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, likely does not accurately recall events and conversations from that time. Who are we to argue?

After spending the last few weeks researching and writing a Regency romance, I appreciate the level of detail that goes into providing us a glimpse into such a different culture. Who is a Her Royal Highness, and who Her Serene Highness? What manners dictate precedence? In one episode, the young Queen laments her lack of education, but her mother reminds her she was taught all a girl of her time should know, and was tutored deeply on the Constitution. A similar education in politics and the monarchy is necessary for the writers as well, and in turn they educate us on the finer points when the monarchy comes in conflict with the government representing it. I applaud their efforts.

Romance justifiably plays a big part in The Crown. Queen Elizabeth II’s Uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated in order to marry the woman he loved. Wallis Simpson had been divorced twice, and therefore wasn’t suitable for marriage. This is mirrored by the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, wishing to marry a divorced man. Though it isn’t addressed yet in the series, even Americans who don’t follow the Royal family know that the conflict over divorce and marriage continues into the next generation with Prince Charles, Princess Dianna, and Camilla Parker Bowles. In fact, three of Queen Elizabeth’s children go on to be divorced.

There will certainly be plenty of material for many seasons of The Crown.

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About Lela Bay

Lela lives in a modest house in a modest town with her husband, children, and pets. Despite living so far north, she requires a certain amount of sunshine each day or she gets grumpy. Her hands are always cold, but her heart is warm. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys strolling, gardening, reading, and tea time with friends. Music has always been a large part of her life, and she owns a ridiculous number of instruments, though these days she mostly plays Rock Band. Lela’s favorite romance authors include Laura Kinsale, Jennifer Cruise, and Jane Austen. She enjoys stories with intimacy and humor. Favorite movies include Overboard, All of Me, North & South, Pride and Prejudice (miniseries with Colin Firth, please), The Princess Bride, and While You Were Sleeping. On television she is a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, Downton Abbey, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. She frequently contributes movie and entertainment reviews to Meant to Be Press. Follow Lela on twitter @bay_lela

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This entry was posted on January 13, 2017 by in TV Review, Uncategorized.
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