They’re Writing Novels About Downton Viewing Parties

Downton Abbey Season 3 - Sundays, January 6 - February 17, 2013 on MASTERPIECE on PBS - From left to right: Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Photo: Nick Briggs/PBS

Oh yes: Wendy Wax's While We Were Watching Downton Abbey is a novel about four women who found a TV club and then have a bunch of Downton-esque life experiences. You can laugh, or you can embrace the fact that TV-watching is now so noble a pursuit that we write fiction about it. Related: Could someone whip up a Homeland-viewing-party spy thriller? We need a new subway book.