The Other Boleyn Girl review ✓ 3

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This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780743227445Two sisters competing for the greatest prize The love of a kingWhen Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen she catches the eye of Henry VIII Dazzled Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growin. I picked this one up at work because I want to see the movie hello Scarlett Johansen and Natalie Portman Yes please and because I know I'll have thousands of people asking me about it like with Atonement which I never read In short this book sucks It's the worst kind of historical fiction light on the history and not fun or well written to make up for it The characters are one dimensional the writing is trite and full of cliches Complete trash but I'm not putting it on my enjoyable trash shelf because it's not particularly enjoyable The worst thing about this book was how blatantly obvious it was that Gregory hates Anne Boleyn Mary may have been the narrator but Anne was without doubt the main character and it is impossible to enjoy a book where the author goes all out to make you hate the main character Especially a badly written main character Anyone who has done any literary criticism or any writing will know that good characterisation involves showing not telling We're told how charming and witty Anne is to the King but we're shown her being a bitch and arguing with Mary Anne would have been a much effective character if she'd been written like her brother George the only likeable character in the whole book who IS charming and witty will stab you in the back if it suits him but then admit to it with a disarming honesty If she'd been charming but manipulative to everyone including Mary her seduction of the King would have been much plausible but as it was I just couldn't see it Then there's the way Gregory manipulates historical fact in order to make Anne seem worse Anne was clever and well educated all we got from that was that she spoke French and read a lot but in reality her education and ability to discuss politics and serious issues with Henry was a significant attraction And there was the love affair with Henry Percy Anne admits to her sworn enemy that she has slept with her betrothed and he says no you didn't because it isn't politically convenient for you to marry him and later doesn't tell the king even when he's in a precarious political position because of Anne WTF plotholeNext we have the incest and the witchcraft both of which Gregory paints as true No seriously As far as incest goes well who the hell would sleep with their own brother Apart from the fact that it's generally acknowledged that it was just a means of getting rid of them As for witchcraft well she was a devout Christian and again it's generally thought to be a convenient pretext The whole enmity between sisters thing is a creation which would be fair enough poetic license dramatic tension etc etc Except Mary hates Anne and yet she's always doing what she's told helping Anne out blah blah She'll occasionally say that of course she loves her she's her sister but we're told far often and with far vehemence how much she hates her and all we're shown is the fights and the vindictiveness Again this is mostly because Gregory hates Anne She seems to like Mary although if the real Mary was anything like the characterisation then I can't see why Gregory's Mary is insipid whiny and spineless and pretty much irritates the hell out of me And then we get the whole wanting to marry for love and not power as a feminist statement thing that Gregory does with Mary while we are told Anne who had power and intelligence in her own right is a spineless pawn in a man's game of politics She couldn't possibly have been regent of England without her uncle's help we are told This of the woman who split the church dethroned a ueen and was mother to ueen ElizabethIn the Author's note Gregory cites Retha Warnicke's The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn as one of her main sources which according to Wikipedia I know Wikipedia but still is generally considered to be unsubstantiated which explains some of this She also expresses admiration for ueen Elizabeth I which I found rather ironic considering she is Anne's daughter and Anne and Elizabeth seem to me to have been very similar in character as well as ability

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The Other Boleyn GirlG role as unofficial ueen However she soon realises just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival her sister Anne Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king. The thing you must realize about this book is that it is first and foremost a novel A novel based on actual historical events yes but still a work of fiction So for those that criticize it for its historical inaccuracy your criticism is misplaced This is not a biography of Mary Boleyn or Anne Boleyn and it doesn't pretend to beI myself am a bit of a Tudor junkie and love reading both fiction and nonfiction about the family and the times and I found this book a delight It had all the elements of a good story sex love violence suspense complicated characters and comic relief My favorite character was George Boleyn due to his wit probably the funniest one in the story Catherine of Aragon I think was the most true to lifeMy only complaints about the story historical inaccuracy aside as I said above that doesn't have to be an issue here are that sometimes it sounds like a Harleuin romance novel and also it's very slow moving But if you are willing to wait through the long beginning I think you will find yourself well rewardedA word of advice though skip the movie It was dreadful

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The Other Boleyn Girl review ✓ 3 ¹ This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780743227445Two sisters competing for the greatest prize The love of a kingWhen Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen she catches the eye of Henry VIII Dazzled Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial ueenAnd take fate into her own handsA rich and compelling novel of love sex ambition and intrigue The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamourous court in Europe and survived by following her hea. The Other Boleyn Girl was my last read of 2017 and also the biggest surprise This book has been sitting on my shelf for years; so long that the spine is actually completely faded from sun damage For whatever reason I just assumed this would be a three star read which is something I like to avoid at all costs I watched the movie on a plane ten years ago and even though I liked it I thought well there's no way the book is actually any good Obviously I'm an idiot because it turned out to be one of four out of fifty count 'em four of my 5 star reads this yearI loved this from beginning to end This baby is 661 pages okay and I actually read the majority of it in one day My reading progress will tell you differently but that's only because I abandoned it after the first few chapters to read A Court of Mist and Fury I didn't really return to it until after Christmas and then I read about 450 pages in one sitting while ingesting copious amount of alcohol and chocolate It's so bloody entertaining There is never a moment of tedium despite its length and I constantly wanted to know what would happen nextA lot of people appear to be unhappy with Anne being portrayed as the villain but I wholeheartedly disagree with that I saw her as a protagonist of sorts; a feminist gone mad She wanted so badly to be treated like a man respected by men and then eventually served by men She knew her sister Mary didn't have the guts and she knew her father and uncle intended to use her for the rest of her life She nearly killed herself trying to obtain the crown and within moments it was all ripped away from her purely because she couldn't produce a male heir for the king and therefore as a woman she was useless I loved her character despite how brutal she could be She was selfish certainly but honestly so was everyone else I didn't think she was any ruthless than her uncle her parents or the King She was certainly clever though and I found her fascinating After everything that's happened this year I found her refreshingly relatable; there are a lot of people I'd like to poison right about now On the other hand I thought it was brilliant to have the story narrated by Mary I preferred seeing Anne from Mary's eyes If anything it made me sympathetic towards Anne the way Mary was regardless of all that Anne put her through If you don't have a sister you'll probably never understand what it's like to love someone unconditionally even while you hate them passionately I would recommend this to all historical fiction loverspeople who have had this on their TBR shelf for a long time It's guuuuud I technically finished this on January 1st but I had SO LITTLE LEFT it wouldn't make sense for me to include it in my 2018 reads Also my original 2017 reading goal was about 20 and I kept bumping it up so I really have completed it at least twice over nowRTC