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Gakked from ithildyn:

Congratulations! You are Anne Boleyn!

Anne Boleyn was Henry's second wife. Henry tore the world apart to marry Anne, but few could figure out why: She wasn't beautiful, she wasn't rich, and she hardly had a drop of noble blood. She was also black-haired and thin in an age when plump blondes without eyebrows were the height of beauty.

Anne Boleyn was a woman who turned the world upside down. She was outspoken, intelligent and neurotic. She ended up on the block when Henry tired of her, but for six years, Anne Boleyn brought England to its knees.







Which of Henry VIII's wives are you?


this quiz was made by Lori Fury


Must have been the Versace answer. ;-> But I object to the "neurotic" and in no way corrected the quiz creator's grammar in the description.

Reminds me, sometime before December I should decide whether I want to finally get around to reading The Other Boleyn Girl or see the movie first. Conventional wisdom says the latter would work out better, as one tends to be disappointed with the movie if one has read the book. But in the last several years, the examples I can think of actually demonstrate the reverse. I found both Practical Magic and Girl With A Pearl Earring a bit disappointing in print. In the latter case in particular, I seem to be the only person on the planet (with the possible exception of aj, who saw it with me) who saw Vermeer and Griet's relationship the way I did. (Which I'm sure I elucidated in a very intelligent LJ post at some point, but I can't find it now. My kingdom for a tag!) And I don't know if I would have either if I'd read the book first, wherein it's an unrealized romance, full stop. What I saw in the performances of Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson -- two people connecting passionately over something that nobody else around them could understand, in a way that completely transcended romance and sexuality and was ultimately destroyed by the assumption of those around them that any passionate connection had to be about that -- was infinitely more interesting to me than what was all-too-literally spelled out for me in the novel.

Hmmm. If I were the superstitious type, I'd make sure to avoid the book in this case just because it involves Johansson again...

ETA: And y'know, I so should have gone ahead and owned up to the first (hopelessly fangirly) thought I had upon getting my result: "No, dear, I did NOT poison your darling brat. If you want to know why he's sick, ask the vampire he's sleeping with." ;->

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nycdeb
May. 31st, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
I don't think I have ever loathed a book as much I loathed The Other Boleyn Girl. I have thought and thought but nothing even comes in a close second. I knocked over a vase as I threw it across the room.

I loathed it so much that the very idea of the movie makes me feel like we have failed a society.

OK, I exaggerate. But I hated the book. If you really want to see the movie, do so without reading the book.
wiliqueen
May. 31st, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's...wow.

Okay, then, movie first. (Because even if it turns out to be crap, it is a necessity for Teh Pretteh. Costumer's prerogative. *g*) At which point I will still probably want to read the book out of curiosity, but sounds like it will work out better all round.
nycdeb
May. 31st, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
oh yes - Teh Pretteh will be worth seeing, no doubt. :-)

Sorry about my spew over the book but I just - *sigh* - well, just soooooo many levels of blech and it all kinds comes out, ya know?
wiliqueen
May. 31st, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Hee! No apology required. I was entertained by the image.
padawansguide
May. 31st, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
The Other Boleyn Girl was a fun read - but wow is Anne EVIL in it. I'd see the movie first, since usually I don't enjoy movies after I read the books. But I didn't like the book so passionately that the movie will ruin it for me..

The funny thing about the other books you mentioned, is that I read Practical Magic first and loved it - and utterly hated the movie!

I never saw Girl with a Pearl Earring, but I've wanted to.
padawansguide
May. 31st, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Though I can see how your other poster hated TOBG. I didn't hate it, but I have actually hated a few other of that author's books.
wiliqueen
May. 31st, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
The Other Boleyn Girl was a fun read - but wow is Anne EVIL in it.

Now, see, this doesn't faze me. My skills at compartmentalizing history from "historical" soap opera are too well-developed. :-)

I read Practical Magic first and loved it - and utterly hated the movie!

I liked the book well enough, but the characters didn't grab me the way they did in the movie.

I never saw Girl with a Pearl Earring, but I've wanted to.

I adore it. I wish I could find my long rambly post about why. I figured out after I shut down the computer last night that I was looking in the wrong part of my archive -- I was about to go into tech week for a show when I saw it, so I started writing the review and left the draft sit for ages. I think I finally posted it when I read the book, but I have no earthly clue when that was. %-}
beebalm
May. 31st, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't hate Girl with a Pearl Earring (the book), but it left me with a big, "Eh." Mediocre writing, I guess. I can see how movie might do much better with the material. Now I'd like to see it, finally.
wiliqueen
May. 31st, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
It's gorgeous. My only real quibble was that they seemed a bit too self-conscious at times about composing shots to look like Vermeer might have painted them. But it was only intrusive a couple of times.

The heart of the story is so very visual, it can't help but work better as a film. Not that the novel couldn't have been written to equal, or almost equal effect, but unfortunately it really wasn't.
padawansguide
May. 31st, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
Well, in that case, you should like TOBG just fine! It's definitely soapish! :-)
wiliqueen
May. 31st, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
I watched Rome avidly. 'Nuff said. :-)

The funny thing is I have little patience for regular soapy stuff. But populate it with Brit actors and miles of froufrou, and I'm so there. It's a weakness.
calyx
May. 31st, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
Hmm..I got the second divorcee and apparently the only woman on Earth Henry VIII wouldn't sleep with.

I don't know if I should be offended or thankful.
angevin2
May. 31st, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Anne of Cleves is actually really cool though. :D

I really am neurotic, but I got Katherine Parr on the quiz, which indicates, I guess, that I am bookish and have questionable taste in men.
wiliqueen
May. 31st, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
I'd have to agree, and vote for "thankful."

questionable taste in men.

I'm kinda inclined to think that of the whole half-dozen. *wry g* There's plenty to be said for the guy as a king, but as a husband? Erm.
angevin2
May. 31st, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
True that! But marrying the king is one thing; marrying Thomas Seymour afterwards when you're old enough to know better is something else... ;)
wiliqueen
May. 31st, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Hee! True enough. Although it was at least a change of pace...
cjmr
May. 31st, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Catherine of Aragon. I am soooo not surprised.

Re: The Other Boleyn Girl It was a fun summer 'can't sleep it's too damn hot' read. But it was definitely a read-once, not a read-many. I didn't realize they were making a movie of it. Given the book, though, I think there'll be a lot more on Tudor negligee costuming than anything else...
wiliqueen
May. 31st, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
There was a British TV-movie a couple years back too, which I didn't know about at all. I'm sure the costume-drama geeks will be comparing like crazy.

Given the book, though, I think there'll be a lot more on Tudor negligee costuming than anything else...

Oh, I'm sure. *g* The couple of publicity stills that have come out so far have Anne and Mary in gowns in the same tone-on-tone brocade in different colors. Questionable, but pretty.
padawansguide
May. 31st, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Not necessarily - Sandy Powell is doing the movie costumes and she's fabulous. She's done Orlando, Interview with a Vampire, Shakespeare in Love, etc. She's won several Oscars. :-)
wiliqueen
May. 31st, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing she's referring to what the scenes actually call for... :-D
padawansguide
May. 31st, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
LOL! I thought she was referring to "The Tudors", which is most definitely mostly Tudor lingerie and nightgowns and the costumes are way out there!

In general I'm willing to bet TOBG will be interesting visually - not saying 100% accurate, but I love Sandy Powell's work. :-)
chalcedony
May. 31st, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm Katherine Parr. Hmmm.

I recently finished reading The Other Boleyn Girl. The movie has to be better.
wiliqueen
May. 31st, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
I've seen a couple of those. I can totally get behind saying "okay, enough of that" and going off with the swashbuckler. ;-) (The descriptions on this one crack me up.)

As for TOBG, yeah, I've always heard...less than stellar things about it. Which is probably part of why it's never quite made it to the top of the TBR pile. Probably will after the movie, just because I'm curious that way.
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