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Old 02-18-2008, 08:27 AM   #1
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The Other Boleyn Girl
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!!
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:45 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:17 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:05 PM   #4
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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!

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Old 02-18-2008, 02:52 PM   #5
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i LOOOOOOOVE PG's books, but I had no idea there was a movie!!!! I hope they follow suit with the rest of the books in that cycle.
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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.
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:07 PM   #7
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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