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!! :woohoo:

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.

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.

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!


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.

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.

it looks to be a great period piece movie, the dh wants to see it too, so thats a good thing too :smiley:

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 [U]Elizabeth[/U]. He is usually the one explaining historical events to me. BTW [U]Elizabeth[/U] and [U]Elizabeth the Golden Age [/U](I think those are the correct titles) are very good.

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

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 [U]wonderful[/U] book that is more fact than fiction despite it being labeled a fiction book.

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…

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”.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.