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KnitClickChick
02-18-2008, 08:27 AM
Has anyone else read this book or plan on seeing the movie that opens this Friday? I have read the book (as well as all the others by Philippa Gregory) and am so excited to see this movie I can't stand it!! Also I love Natalie Portman - I watched a little clip of the movie, and it seems like she will be a great Anne. Oh, I can't wait for Friday!! :woohoo:

knitgal
02-18-2008, 09:45 AM
I haven't read the book yet, but I'm dying to! I really wanted to read it before the movie came out, but that just wasn't possible with all the reading I had for class. I absolutely LOVE movies like this and I can't wait to see it either. I think the casting looks good and that the costumes look great.

sue in canada
02-18-2008, 11:17 AM
I loved the book and will be going to see the movie.
Knitgal. I think it will almost be better to see the movie first. There is so much detail in the book, I can't imagine how everything will be portrayed in the movie. I am really looking forward to it though.
Right now I am reading The Virgin's Lover and have read The Boleyn Inheritance and The Constant Princess but The Other Boleyn Girl is definitely my favourite.

Miss Moosey
02-18-2008, 02:05 PM
For some reason, I really don't like Philippa Gregory's books. I should, because I love reading about the historical periods she writes about, but I just can't get into them. I might see the movie, though, because my mom loved the books.

One thing that's bothering me from the previews: couldn't they have gotten a red-haired actor to play Henry VIII?

If you liked her books, you might like the book The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir. It is non-fiction but it is so well done it feels like reading a good novel!

Rebecca

Hildegard_von_Knittin
02-18-2008, 02:52 PM
i LOOOOOOOVE PG's books, but I had no idea there was a movie!!!! :cheering: I hope they follow suit with the rest of the books in that cycle.

AnnArrogance
02-18-2008, 02:58 PM
I read The Other Boleyn Girl and LOVED it! I've read all of her "Tudor" books--The Constant Princess, The Virgin's Lover, The Boleyn Inheritance, and The Queen's Fool, and it's easily my favorite. Although I loved The Constant Princess, too. I can't WAIT to see the movie, even though I know there's no way it'll be as good, and from the commercials I can already tell that they're going to be taking some liberties with the story.

I tried reading a couple of Philippa Gregory's other, non-Tudor books, though, and I HATED them. The two I read were more like really crappy, somewhat disturbing romance novels. Blech. I think I'll just stick to her Tudor titles. She seems to be able to balance the history/romance/intrigue elements well in those.

BethLaf
02-18-2008, 04:59 PM
it looks to be a great period piece movie, the dh wants to see it too, so thats a good thing too :D

Lindsey H
02-18-2008, 05:54 PM
I read all of PG's Tudor books, except for the Constant Princess, last summer. I love them all. I love big books, especially historical fiction. I had no idea they were making a movie. After reading them it was really fun explaining to dh some of the the characters in the movie Elizabeth. He is usually the one explaining historical events to me. BTW Elizabeth and Elizabeth the Golden Age (I think those are the correct titles) are very good.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
02-19-2008, 10:25 PM
I tried reading a couple of Philippa Gregory's other, non-Tudor books, though, and I HATED them. The two I read were more like really crappy, somewhat disturbing romance novels

Were these the Wideacre stories?? They were disturbing; I am forcing my way through the last one just to finish the series.

saracidaltendencies
02-20-2008, 02:00 AM
I haven't heard of this one! Sounds interesting though, I may have to read the book (er..once I finish the 2 I have going now...lol).

On another note, however, anyone who likes the historical books should read Alison Weir's "Innocent Traitor" the story of the Lady Jane Grey. It's a wonderful book that is more fact than fiction despite it being labeled a fiction book.

Sunshine's Mom
02-20-2008, 11:08 AM
I tried to read this book because I liked The Queen's Fool, but I couldn't get past the first chapter. It was too much information - Just get to the story already!!! Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for such a book. I will watch the movie, but I still want to give the book another try since my mom loved it. Maybe I'll take her to the movie....

ArtLady1981
02-22-2008, 09:13 PM
I haven't read the book. Is it based off true history, or is it 100% fictional? Does anyone know??

I love Scarlet Johanssen. Did you see her in "The Girl with The Pearl Earring"? I watch it over and over. Just because of her.

I will go see this new movie, "The Other Boleyn Girl".

campbellmom549
02-22-2008, 11:45 PM
I loved The Other Boleyn Girl! Such a fabulous book. I'm really excited to see the movie. ArtLady, PG does take some liberties with the story (after all, not everything is historically documented), but all the major points and 100% historical from what I could find out when I looked into it. And Lindsey, I LOVED Elizabeth, too!

CTbarb
02-23-2008, 10:47 AM
I love the book! I love all of Philippa Gregory's books. I would like to see the movie, but I'll probably wait until it comes out on DVD.

AnnArrogance
02-24-2008, 10:24 PM
Were these the Wideacre stories?? They were disturbing; I am forcing my way through the last one just to finish the series.
One of them was "The Wise Woman," and it was MESSED UP. I can't remember for the life of me what the other one was... I sold them both to Half-Price Books when I finished with it, which I NEVER do. I'm a book hoarder. But I love her Tudor books, and I think I'll definitely stick with those.

AnnArrogance
02-24-2008, 10:27 PM
I haven't heard of this one! Sounds interesting though, I may have to read the book (er..once I finish the 2 I have going now...lol).

On another note, however, anyone who likes the historical books should read Alison Weir's "Innocent Traitor" the story of the Lady Jane Grey. It's a wonderful book that is more fact than fiction despite it being labeled a fiction book.
Demonica, I haven't read that one yet, but I'm a big fan of Alison Weir's nonfiction historical work (I used her books on Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII as some of my secondary sources for a recent research paper). Thanks for the tip! I've always been interested in Lady Jane Grey, so I'll definitely check that out--there aren't that many sources out there about her!

KnitClickChick
02-26-2008, 07:45 AM
One of them was "The Wise Woman," and it was MESSED UP. I can't remember for the life of me what the other one was... I sold them both to Half-Price Books when I finished with it, which I NEVER do. I'm a book hoarder. But I love her Tudor books, and I think I'll definitely stick with those.

Hmmm, I haven't read the Wise Woman. It has been a while - Wasn't Meridon part of the Wideacre series? I didn't think those were disturbing..... just very imaginative, lol. Acutally,Wideacre / Meridon was a bit strange, what with the inbreeding, if I am recalling the correct books.

jade1994
02-29-2008, 08:07 PM
BEST BOOK EVER i love this book its soo good! if u like historical fiction go run to the bookstore and read it. i could not put it down. but then again i ='m like that with almost every book i read!
hehe:woohoo:

AnnArrogance
02-29-2008, 11:56 PM
So I saw the movie tonight... it was kind of a disappointment. The costumes were STUNNING, but they took out pretty much everything that made the book so enjoyable for me. They also changed the plot DRASTICALLY. Really, the only similarities were the title and characters. I don't want to give any spoilers, though. It was just OK. If you haven't read the book, you'll probably enjoy it a lot more than I did, but for fans of the book who, like me, have read it several times, it's probably going to leave you feeling a little disappointed.

*Sigh.* I really wanted this movie to be great! Natalie Portman was good, Scarlett Johannsen was just OK, and Eric Bana was virtually a nonentity. I don't know-- I wouldn't say "don't see it," but just don't go in expecting the same experience you'd get from the book.

ArtLady1981
03-02-2008, 07:34 PM
I heard that when a book is developed into a movie, A LOT can change. I think they call the movie thing a "screen play"...or something like that. Whoever writes the movie, dialogue, plot, etc. is the screen writer. He/she is given all the credit for the movie.
It can just be a "shadow cast on the walk" of the original book.
The original book is just the outline by which the screen play is written. Some books never can be translated into a screenplay, and when they do, it is considered quite a feat. I think the original authors have to 'approve' or 'write off on' the screenplay. Some will, some won't; some do, some don't.

Sunshine's Mom
03-03-2008, 04:05 PM
An author sells the movie rights of the book. Unless an author has "final script approval" built into their contract, it's out of their hands. One of my favorite authors is Clive Cussler. He sold "Raise the Titanic". He didn't have final script approval and he hated the movie. So dissappointed in it that he swore he would never allow a book of his to be made into a movie. He has since relented and sold, obviously, "Sahara", which starred Matthew McConaughey. He did, however, have final script approval for it and he also had a hand in picking the cast. Even so, I believe he ended up suing the producers over something connected with it. He also sold another book, but who knows if it will ever be made into the movie.

Example 2: My sister's favorite movie is "Jaws". Last summer we decided to read the book because we never had even though we've seen the movie a million times. The book is very short and barely centered around the shark. The movie is completely different from the book - and the movie is much better I might add. You just never know what you're going to get. In most cases, however, I find the book is better.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
03-03-2008, 04:12 PM
Darn!!!! I was hoping this was going to be really good, too. I read a review in "People" and it said the same thing... okay, not fantastic, the costumes made the movie.

Books into movies... forrest gump and brokeback mountain (which is a short story, I guess, not a book) were both similar to, but better than their movie counterparts.

ArtLady1981
03-03-2008, 07:38 PM
I'm a fan of Scarlett J. I'll go see it just to see her!
Haven't read the book! I won't know the difference.
Ignorance is Bliss, at last! :teehee:

KnitClickChick
03-03-2008, 08:32 PM
I was kind of disappointed with the movie. I understand there are time limits, but there was just so much from the book that was not in there. :pout: I thought Natalie Portman was great though, Scarlet J. was ok. I am in love with the costumes though, those were all fantastic. If you aren't sure to see it or not, my advice is to just wait til it comes out on DVD and rent it.

knitgal
03-03-2008, 09:04 PM
I saw it this weekend and I really liked it. I haven't read the book, but I thought it was well acted and of course beautiful.
I don't think this is a spoiler as it's history, but if you haven't see it be warned of what I am going to say.


I went with the DBF's sister and she was crying at the end and says to me after "I really didn't want Anne to die" and I said "but didn't you know it was coming?" she says "No, I didn't realise". She had a surprise ending- how cute! haha

photolady
03-12-2008, 07:59 PM
If you like the other boleyn girl, you'll like Elizabeth I.
I think Kate Blanchett was the star.
The first Elizabeth, it was great.

photolady
03-12-2008, 08:01 PM
I was kind of disappointed with the movie. I understand there are time limits, but there was just so much from the book that was not in there. :pout: I thought Natalie Portman was great though, Scarlet J. was ok. I am in love with the costumes though, those were all fantastic. If you aren't sure to see it or not, my advice is to just wait til it comes out on DVD and rent it.

I didn't want to comment, but, now I will. I read reviews of the movie, and almost everyone was disappointed in it.

Go rent Elizabeth I, with kate BLANCHETT.

sue in canada
03-12-2008, 08:26 PM
I saw The Other Boleyn Girl yesterday and enjoyed and so did the friends I went with. After reading the book and hearing negative comments about the movie, I wasn't expecting too much. I agree there is so much more to the book which is a fantastic read, but I liked the movie. Also for a $4 bargain Tuesday movie, it was great.

knitgal
03-12-2008, 09:22 PM
Yes, I've seen Elizabeth several times, very good movie. I just rented the second one, Elizabeth The Golden Age, but I haven't watched it yet.

KnitClickChick
03-12-2008, 10:35 PM
I have Elizabeth, and was going to rent Golden Age --- but I wasn't too thrilled with Elizabeth, even though I love Kate Blanchett. Maybe I'll rent Golden Age after all... it's only a few bucks :)

photolady
03-13-2008, 08:49 AM
Yes, I've seen Elizabeth several times, very good movie. I just rented the second one, Elizabeth The Golden Age, but I haven't watched it yet.


Wasn't Elizabeth a great movie?! And, historically accurate! I loved her sequence of suitors. Especially when she walked in on the French prince.

That was a hunch she was right about.

Back then, marriages were arranged purely for power and control of land. No love needed.

photolady
03-13-2008, 08:55 AM
Yes, I've seen Elizabeth several times, very good movie. I just rented the second one, Elizabeth The Golden Age, but I haven't watched it yet.


It was interesting, if you are prepared to see life as it really was, day after day, and how Elizabeth coped with all the duties, plus a few flirtations, of her reign.
It wasn't as entertaining as the first one, but, it was a good, solid history lesson.