|Tower of London, 2011|
The last book I read in 2012 was The Kingmaker's Daughter. Although it wasn't my favorite book, it did inspire me to re-visit the first of the Cousins' War series, The White Queen, about Elizabeth Woodville. The story is delicious--a beautiful commoner bags herself a King, is rumored to be a witch, has a bunch of children with Edward IV--and when he dies her kids get bastardized and her two boys are put in to custody at the Tower of London and vanish mysteriously. I don't care if Gregory's books are not historically accurate; in a story like this one, I want some closure, or at least hope. History does not provide this but Gregory does (but I won't give away the ending!). Here is a video clip of Gregory discussing Elizabeth Woodville:
The White Queen is my favorite of the Cousins' War books, and I recently found out it is being made in to a 12 hour miniseries for BBC1! I haven't been able to determine when it will be aired, just "in 2013." Great. I'm really looking forward to it and am glad I heard about it beforehand so I can refresh my mind by rereading the books and doing a little bit of research. I just hope I don't have a problem with the cast choices, like I did with The Hunger Games (seriously, Peeta ruined the movie for me). I'm a little iffy with the choice to play Edward, and Elizabeth is not how I pictured her, but I'll keep an open mind.
Do you enjoy watching your favorite books become movies?