Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Latest Obsession: The White Queen

It wasn't too long ago that I blogged about my love for Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.  Now, I must share my love for the new TV show on Starz, The White Queen.  It's based on three books from Philippa Gregory's The Cousins' War series: The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Kingmaker's Daughter.  If you aren't familiar with the series, it's all about The War of the Roses in England during the 1400s. Check out this webpage for some more background information. 

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If you've read my blog before, you know how much I adore The Cousins' War series, especially book one, The White Queen.  Already, I am completely addicted to the show and loving how it brings to life all of my favorite characters.  I wasn't so sure about the casting for Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), but I think it was a good choice after watching the show.  King Edward IV, played by Max Irons, is awesome and just how I imagined him to be; plus, he's easy on the eyes.

By far, my favorite character is Jacquetta Woodville, Elizabeth's mother, and the actress is doing a phenomenal job so far.  She's perfect! I also think that Amanda Hale, who plays Margaret Beaufort, is just as I imagined her as well and does a fantastic job showcasing Margaret's determination and straight-up craziness.

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My only issue with The White Queen so far is the fact that they fit SOOOOO much into one episode. I was hoping for more than 10 episodes so they could take their time with some plot points (like the whole insta-love in the first episode), but they have to fit all three books in, so I get it.

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I am a huge fan of the show so far and I think they are doing Gregory's books justice. What I love most about this series and the TV show is the fact that it focuses on the women of The Cousins' War. We all know that women during this time period often took a back seat, but not on this TV show! 

If you haven't seen the premiere, you can watch it for free here.  Is anyone else watching The White Queen? Let me know your thoughts.


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    1. I know, right?! Don't mess with her. :) Thanks for visiting, Juju!

  2. The first Starz promo pic is cool! I also read that your version is more risqué than the version I watched on BBC. Max Irons said that they cut some bedroom scenes in the BBC version, but in the US the cameras just kept rolling. I really enjoyed the series overall!

    1. I heard that the STARZ version is a bit more scandalous...ha...leave it to us Americans. I'm glad you enjoyed the series. I hope they continue it! Thanks for visiting, Leanna.

  3. I don't get Starz (I don't have cable) but I have been wanting to watch the first episode online and need to do that before I miss the chance.

    I haven't read the books yet but I love that time period so I'm sure I'll enjoy the show too.

    1. Yes! You must watch the first episode online. I also heard you can watch the BBC version online as well. I think you would like the books, so I hope you can read them soon! Thanks for visiting, Christina!

  4. I am dying to watch this series but I don't have Starz. I heard it already got cancelled though so now I'm afraid to watch it since it might not have an ending. I love all the books and have read all of them except The Kingmaker's Daughter and The White Princess that was just released. Philippa will continue to be my favorite Tudor author.

  5. I really like Gregory books. I've read the first book and I'm very interested in the series :) I'm happy you liked it and the casting looks good!



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