So we are back again with the awesome Rebecca at A Tale of Two Pages for another fab guest post! So following on from yesterday, we are going to see what awesome book Rebecca has for us. No doubt it is another book to add to my TBR list, so much for clearing it out! I am excited to share this with you.
✮ Guest Post ✮
So, let’s be real. Book lovers ALWAYS have favourites that would make great movies. However, when it comes down to actually seeing that movie being produced, we might curl our toes in horror a little. When we read, we build a fantasy in our mind, allowing imagination to create characters in their entirety. Personality, looks, quirks, and more all come vividly in our minds.
Now, that is not to say that we oppose these movies being made. They just have to be done exactly as the book lays it out, without too many licenses thrown in. After all, we fell in love with the book – not the movie.
My book choice to be turned into a movie would be, “The Sunne In Splendour” by Sharon Kay Penman. As historical fiction goes, this book and the author are spot on.
I am going to be completely honest here. I fell in love with Richard III in this book. There – it’s out… he has only been dead for 400 years… Sharon Kay Penman takes this book and weaves together the life of Richard, his beloved Anne, and the many tribulations that he underwent through this life. Growing up during the Wars of the Roses, between the great English houses of Lancaster and York, set the young Richard on his path to greatness. His father was determined to oust the ruling family and get rid of the corruption that was rampant in the kingdom. During these wars, Richard lost not only his father but a brother as well. His older brother Edward is finally victorious, coming to the throne of England.
This book was the first that I had ever read by this author, but I was hooked from the first page. I could not sleep until I finished the book, all 800ish pages of it. I read while I cooked, ate, and far into the night which resulted in an epic book hangover at work the next day. But it was so worth it!
As movies go, there is something for EVERYONE in here! There is romance, there is war. But there is also laughter, pain, anger, triumph, honor, and so much more. While many have not yet read her books, they are ones that I recommend first. Being able to see this on the big screen – as it is written in the book, would be fabulous beyond words.
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So what did you think of Rebecca’s choice, sounds like I need to check out this book so I can see if I have the same vision!
I do love these posts! Be sure to check back later in the month as we have a buddy read with a review with a twist!
Until next time xxxThe Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
Published by Ballantine Books on January 14, 1990
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A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III - a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history.
In this beautifully rendered modern classic, Sharon Kay Penman redeems Richard III - vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews, the princes in the Tower - from his maligned place in history with a dazzling combination of research and storytelling.
Born into the treacherous courts of fifteenth-century England, in the midst of what history has called The War of the Roses, Richard was raised in the shadow of his charismatic brother, King Edward IV. Loyal to his friends and passionately in love with the one woman who was denied him, Richard emerges as a gifted man far more sinned against than sinning.
This magnificent retelling of his life is filled with all of the sights and sounds of battle, the customs and lore of the fifteenth century, the rigors of court politics, and the passions and prejudices of royalty.