Why YA Novel Series The Luxe Should be Adapted as a Soap Opera Jenna Dorsi May 22, 2012 4 Comments Downton Abbey meets Gossip Girl. That’s the “nutshell” premise for a show based on Anna Godbersen’s YA book series, The Luxe. Would this premise intrigue you enough to watch its potential television adaptation? The Luxe series includes four books published from 2007 through 2009. In addition to being well-received by readers, the series has garnered generally positive reviews among critics, with The Luxe even spending time on the New York Times Bestsellers list. The first novel focuses on the elite of New York society around the turn of the 20th century, and their help, including numerous social climbers. At the center of it all is the beautiful Elizabeth Holland, and her free-spirited younger sister, Diana. The Hollands have never recovered from the death of their patriarch, and Mrs. Holland is quickly trying to marry her eldest to a wealthy suitor. The extremely prominent Henry Schoonmaker is a bit of a reckless playboy, which troubles his father because he has political ambitions. He desires to clean up Henry’s reputation by marrying him to the image of propriety, Elizabeth, to the pleasure of Mrs. Holland.