*Warning, the following post conains spoilers of events that happened over 400 years ago*
Last night I went to see 'The Other Boleyn Girl' with a few of my girlfriends. (read the book if you have to choose between the two of them). As we were exiting the theatre, I overheard one girl exclaim...I knew she was going to get it in the end. She was of course referring to Anne Boleyn. This made me stop in my tracks, of course she was going to get it...we all knew that going into the movie, didn't we? I mean, it was one of the most famous beheadings of all time, right up there with Marie Antoinette and Mary, Queen of Scots.
That's not all, a friend who was with me overheard someone else in the theatre exclaim, I thought she would have a girl...referring to Anne Boleyn giving birth to Elizabeth.
Granted, Philippa Gregory does take a certain amount of artistic licence in her writing (ie, making Mary Boleyn younger than Anne, and a lot more innocent than she was)...but some things you can't change. She's not going to write Anne Boleyn off the block. She's not going to make her suddenly give birth to a male heir and erase Queen Elizabeth's existance. I would have thought most people going into a movie like that would either: A) know some basic history of Henry the eighth and his 6 wives (set aside, beheaded, died, set aside, beheaded, lived)...or B) read the book the movie was based on...But I guess I was wrong.
And the winner is...
2 years ago