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Downton Abbey Fans Star in New Novel

Novelist Wendy Wax will publish what appears to be the first novel featuring fans of the hit British television show, Downton Abbey.

As the show winds down its third season, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey follows the lives of a few friends in Atlanta who are devoted to the show. You can read a free excerpt of the novel online. Berkley Books will publish the book as a $15 trade paperback original on April 2nd. Here’s more about the book:

In her novel, Wax introduces three women who live in a historic Atlanta apartment building and the residence’s concierge who decides to build camaraderie by hosting weekly screenings of Downton Abbey leading up to the start of the third season.  Each of the four is at a crossroads, and what happens to them is familiar to many Downton fans.  They find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and-even more unexpectedly, with each other.  For them, it is a season of surprises as they forge bonds that will sustain them through life’s hardest moments–all reflected in the unfolding plot, humor and convergent lives of Downton Abbey.

This book could create an entirely new genre of novels about the lives of television fans.

What TV show fandom deserves its own novel? I think I should write a novel about the obsessive fans (like myself) of another great British show, The Prisoner.

UPDATE: Publishers Marketplace news editor Sarah Weinman had this brilliant idea: “I am totally signing on to write the novel WHILE YOU WERE WATCHING MY MOTHER THE CAR.”

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