EW Staff
January 13, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Happy New Year!
Imagine my delight when I open my favorite magazine — the first issue of the year, no less! — to find delight unfold on every page! First you give Rooney Mara and Lisbeth Salander the attention they deserve as modern feminist icons, and then a feature on Downton Abbey (perhaps the best new show on television), followed by a preview of American Horror Story (TV)? How much awesome can one issue take?!
Julia Kuttler
Aurora, Colo.

Loving Lisbeth
I am a huge fan of books, so it is often difficult for me to enjoy their big-screen versions. Thank you, David Fincher, for making me a believer with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo! Going to reread my copy of The Girl Who Played With Fire before the next movie. Cannot wait to see Lisbeth in action again!
Deanna Dunlap
Galena, Ohio

Dear Abbey
As I plopped my mail on the table, my EW opened itself up to your glorious centerfold spread of the Crawley family. Just as Downton Abbey transports us to a bygone era, I was momentarily taken back to my youth; my first instinct was to rip out the pages and tape them on my bedroom wall!
Tina Wilkins

Thanks so much for the amazing photographs and article on Downton Abbey. Particularly enjoyed the candid photo of the ever-so-talented Maggie Smith. I can’t wait for season 2.
Casey Schweiger
Middletown, Del.

Show Me the Money
Forgive me if I don’t feel bad for the movie industry and its ”Year-End Box Office Blues” (News and Notes). If filmmakers still wonder what went wrong in 2011, (1) drop ticket prices, (2) make original films for less money (e.g., Bridesmaids), and (3) maybe $100 million grosses shouldn’t be the benchmark films strive for anymore.
Ron Raymond Jr.
Winslow, Maine

Going Ape for Andy
I couldn’t agree more with James FrancoAndy Serkis deserves an Oscar nomination for Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Hollywood Insider). His portrayal of Caesar broke my heart in the best way. I would add that I found Caesar a little sexy, but that would just be weird.
Judith Dore
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Oh, the Horror?
I was stunned to hear that next season’s American Horror Story will have a new house and a new haunting. While the concept may have seemed compelling prior to the show’s debut, I find it hard to believe that after all of the acclaim, the creators wouldn’t want to second-guess that plan. It’s going to be difficult for Horror to imitate (and yes, I said imitate) the performances of Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott, and Connie Britton.
Kathy Mercurio
Sandy, Utah

Totally Sick!
I am shocked not to see 1971’s The Andromeda Strain on your list of ”5 Infectious Thrillers” (DVD & Downloads). There could have been no Contagion, Outbreak, or any other pathological thriller without this groundbreaking film.
John Williamson

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