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In her recent HuffPost piece, Jeanine Basinger, author of a new book on marriage in the movies, seems to suggest yes:
Marriage became a screenwriter’s nightmare. It was a finish line, not a starting place. It had no built-in story arc. It just went on, day after day, month after month, year after year.
In a piece yesterday at Atlantic online, on the hit PBS series Downtown Abbey, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz says no:
…That’s why the current season of Downton Abbey is arguably the most interesting of all. We’re no longer wondering whether Matthew and Mary will ever walk down the aisle. And so far, no one of noble blood has run off with a chauffeur or kissed a housemaid. But we’ve seen the young Crawleys learn how to maintain respect, and even passion, as they bicker over money. We’ve seen Lady Grantham let go of a fierce grudge against her husband and allow him to share her grief.