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!)