It's been a rough week. I swear, cough medicine makes me depressed, and being depressed makes me lonely. And being lonely makes me absolutely desperate to do anything and everything I can to make sure DH and I are not parted for months on end again.
But I've been wrestling with that feeling for months now, and all I've come up with is the fact that I only can play piano and write. I have no choice but to stay the course and remain determined. I have about a month to work on my spy novel after I finish my current novella and before I have to start the next one, so I'll hope for the best.
Anyway, today I saw The Other Boleyn Girl! Last week, I saw the preview for the movie, and loved it so much that between then and today, I read all five of the Boleyn novels by Philippa Gregory.
The movie was faithful to the spirit of the book and mostly to the plot, but much of the motivations of each character was left out. Sadly, most of the spying, betrayals and intrigue was left out. (It breaks my heart.) George was never given an opportunity to show himself as the life of the court, as he was, nor was Anne given the opportunity to show how delightful she could be for the king.
Mary, however, was the truest. They tidied things up; she bore only a son in the movie, while in the book and in real life, she had a son and a daughter for King Henry.
They tidied up a few things for modern sensibilities, I suspect. First, the mother of Mary, George, and Anne never turned her back on her children in the movie; in the book, she was as cold and as plotting as her brother. Secondly, the incest never happened between George and Anne in the movie, but in the book, it did.
They switched the order of a few things, but in the end, it was a well-told story that made me just sob at the end.
And at the end of the day, no matter how much I stress out, I am completely in love with story. As I mentioned on Magical Musings earlier this week, I am deeply, deeply in love with story.
Have you seen it? I already want to see it again, it was that good. The acting was incredible.