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As I scroll through my Tumblr dashboard, it’s riddled with pictures and gifs about fandoms, movies, television shows and all kind of other cultural media-ness.
While all of this is a conglomeration of my personal interests, I can’t help but notice the overwhelming amount of British influence. From their men to their movies and even their music, there’s nothing this American girl loves more than British media.
So let’s start with television shows. There’s nothing that I like to escape to more than a good episode of “Downton Abbey.” Something about the manners, the pace of life and the fashion makes me terribly nostalgic for a place I’ve never been to before.
Now, I’m not trying to go postmodern, but I’ve always been disappointed in the way society has evolved away from genteel mannerisms and the social laws that existed before the World Wars. The respect show for one another, dressing nicely for dinner, having a chaperone come on dates with you and having someone accompany you everywhere you go is terribly romantic in my opinion. Call me an idealist. You wouldn’t be too far from the mark.
British men. Oh, British men. There must be something in the water in England, but they just make beautiful men. At least, they make beautiful actors. They’re kind, smart, smooth and oh so attractive.
I’ve never seen “Thor” or “The Avengers,” but holy smokes — Tom Hiddleston is an attractive man. Not only that, I love his sassy replies he has when reports ask him silly questions, and the genuine answers he has when asked serious questions.
Again, I’ve never seen “Sherlock,” but Benedict Cumberbatch is an incredibly beautiful man. I know I just used a feminine adjective for a male noun, but I don’t really mind. He’s so gorgeous that he defies gender boundaries.
Last, but certainly not least, I cannot get enough of British musicians. When I was in sixth grade, I was introduced to The Beatles. Later on, I was introduced to Florence and the Machine, a fabulous foreign artist. While I love British television and men for their kindness and respectability, I love British music for its honesty.
Unlike with a lot of American artists, I enjoy how Florence and the Machine songs don’t always deal with falling in and out of love. They’re each a little bit different; some of my favorite songs of theirs are about letting go of past problems and enjoying the present. Not only does Florence and the Machine have unique topics — what pop artist uses harps and massive amounts of non-electric percussion on a daily basis?
Call me unpatriotic, but I love all things British. OK, not quite all, but a lot. Their television shows display a geniality that I envy. British actors are beautiful inside and out. British pop music is different in a good way, stepping away from topic and instrument norms.