Will Downton Abbey Do For Edwardian Lit What Twilight Did for YA Genre?

Publishers and booksellers are trying to channel mania for PBS melodrama Downton Abbey into book sales for new Edwardian narratives like Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey and backlist classics like Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford alike, the New York Times reports.

Barnes & Noble is building special Downton displays, and antsy fans have been requesting “Downton-esque” books to tide them over until the next episode.

“We’re just riding that ‘Downton Abbey’ wave,” Stephen Morrison, Penguin Books editor in chief told the Times.  “I think the story lends itself to great television but it is also the themes of great literary writing, with all the twists and turns in the characters.”

Or is it just that TV these days is better than contemporary fiction?