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Bookclub Discussion - The Other Boleyn Girl

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 10, 2012, 3:07 PM
This journal is for the discussion of "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Phillipa Gregory. It is likely this journal will contain spoilers.

Feel free to join in the discussion if you've read the books years ago (and I won't mind if you've never read the book, though obviously I'd prefer it if you had!)

Please leave your thoughts and discussions on the book in the comments section below. Feel free to reply to other peoples comments to continue a thought or thread!

Make this a lively discussion, guys =)


Prompts

1. What did you think of the two female leads; Anne and Mary Boleyn? Did they frustrate you/scare you/irritate you/inspire you?

2. Was the storyline strong or weak?

3. What did you think of the male lead; the King? What were your feelings towards him?

4. What was your overall impression of the book?


My Answers

1. Anne was scary throughout the novel; ruthless and powerful. But her drive, her motivation and her unwillingness to let anyone or anything stand in her way, I found empowering. Mary I found to be a bit wishy-washy. I thought she was a woman with no real ambition, no back-bone or drive. She certainly didn't inspire me as Anne did.

2. I really enjoyed the storyline. It was well thought out and well told. I didn't notice any significant plot-holes and the storyline kept me hooked throughout. So I'd say it's pretty strong!

3. The king really annoyed me. He reminded me of a spoilt child who wanted more and more and more; all the time. He was needy and demanding and used his power to get his own way.

4. I loved this book. It had me on the edge of my seat all the way through and I just wanted to devour it in one sitting; which was impossible as it's such a big book. I would heartily recommend this book to everyone (and I don't think you have to be interested in historical fiction either, because usually I don't like that sort of stuff. But I loved this one!)

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pullingcandy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have only seen the movie once, and read the book about fifteen times (as well as all of the other authors work).

1. What did you think of the two female leads; Anne and Mary Boleyn? Did they frustrate you/scare you/irritate you/inspire you?

The girls did not frustrate me as much as the other ruling family members did. I felt more inclined to feel empathy and sadness for them and toward them than anything else - they were just pawns in a bigger game, and they were women, so essentially good for nothing but to catch a mans eye.

2. Was the storyline strong or weak?

It was very strong, in my opinion. It flowed well from start to end and since it was based on real events, it was even more enthralling.

3. What did you think of the male lead; the King? What were your feelings towards him?

He was a spoiled, bratty man who, while historically he did some good, did a lot of bad as well. If somebody had just stood up to him, even once, instead of giving in to his every whim, some things may have been able to have been salvaged while he was the reigning king.

4. What was your overall impression of the book?

Fifteen times read. :) I think that would be a good impression.
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AimeeRaindrop Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Writer
I've been meaning to reply to this for some time!

I agree with you somewhat on your opinion on the girls but I don't feel empathy or sadness for Anne. She was playing her own game and although she had to be a pawn in some ways because of her position as a woman she had a lot of control and power and influence. It seemed that at most points she had more power over the men than they had over her.

I completely agree with you about the king. He just threw his toys out the pram whenever he wanted someone and everyone bowed before him. It would have done him good to be stood up to.

My final word - fifteen times? Wow!
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