Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Tudors Down

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I love it. I hate it. I love it. I hate it.

Oh, la donna e'mobile, and I am the ficklest of all women.

"The Tudors" is almost too cheesy and overwrought for words. But I live for those glimpses of His Grace, Suffolk (Henry Cavill), my new costume soap opera/Cliff's Notes' Hollywoodized History boyfriend.

Fie, but this new torridness (it's a damn word if I say it is) between Suffolk and Maggie, the king's sib, is almost nearly titillating. It's like a romance novel plotline -- as my husband astutely pointed out, quite looking for his "I'm a Perceptive Husband" gold star -- but at the speed of light, so the enjoyment of the quasi-sexual tension doesn't really give me enough Suffolk for my pence.

But that doesn't mean I'm not going to watch the next eppie, cause there's always a chance to see Chuck Brandon en dishabille, if not unclad. And I like to check whether our scruffy-headed music imp is actually conducting the correct rhythms of the spritely lays being plucked and sung. The music instruments seem to be pretty spot-on to this chick who studied early music, but hey, maybe one of the musicians bought his axe used and it's a late 1400s model.

See, I can get past the mistakes of any kind, cause I'm watchin me some eye candy. Suffolk, the clothes, the sometimes silly sets: it's just a nice way to spend an hour. But what bugs me in any minor way goes back to the first eppie, when the king selects a ripe, tasty morsel from the queen's retinue and just before the seduction whispers into the trembling young thing's ear, "Do you consent?"

Can it be the Henry VIII had a sexual harassment policy at court? It struck me as oddly revisionist, giving this guy who ripped at his country's moral and civic foundations so he could marry at liberty a little too much Alan Alda-ish feminist sensibility.

But I still don't care enough about that issue for it to supersede The Thing that Really Bugs Me About "The Tudors." There simply is not enough Suffolk.

Still watching "The Tudors?" What say you? And if you're reading
instead of watching, what'cha reading lately?
Encore! Grazie, Brenda Joyce, for visiting yesterday! Looking forward to your Masters of Time series, and to your visiting again, maybe to talk a little about historical romance fiction.
Encore due! Three winners to announce today: ann m; little lamb lost, you've won prizes from Janice Maynard! And diane, you've won the MOT prizes from Brenda! Send me your snail mail addies, please, at mbuonfiglio@RBtheBook.com.


flip said...

Sunday is either Dresden Files or Blood Ties. Dresden Files gets the preference, because the hubby likes it too. But the vampire on Blood Ties is so yummy.

Kati said...

I've got Sunday's Tudors on my TiVo, but I had to watch Heroes last night. I'm so glad it's back!

I just started Kresley Cole's new one, "If You Desire," I think it's called. It has one of the premises I love, where the hero and heroine grew up together and he's loved her from afar all along.

I just finished Linda Howard's "Raintree: Inferno". Michelle, you'd LOVE this book. The hero borders on being a son-of-a-b*tch, he's so alpha. In fact, I've read a couple of reviews where the reviewer has had a very negative reaction to him. Me? I thought he needed a good kick in the a$$, but was still a little crazy about him. The only thing I didn't like was that the heroine's name was Lorna. For some reason, the name grated on my nerves. Does anyone else get that? Where the hero or the heroine has a name aggravates you? Anyway, I ended up calling her by a different name (Lori) in my head. It worked.

I have a BUNCH of TV to catch up on this week. Yay!

Hope all you Bellas are having a good one.

Ann Christopher said...

Bad news, Michelle--

USA Today is reporting JRM has gone to rehab. No word on what that'll do to the series...


amy kennedy said...

Flip, I know Dresden will always be replayed, so I watch Blood Ties too, then either later the same night or later in the week I watch Dresden.

And we don't have Showtime, so all I've seen is the second episode--it was some kind of teaser on direct tv--

Marykate I lurve Heroes and I never get to watch it except for some random replay on sci-fi channel--It's too scary for the eight year old. Damn. But I am laughing about the internal name change for a hero or heroine, I've done it. I especially hate it if it's a name of someone you used to know and disliked.

I had a neighbor when I was little whose name was Lorna--I would so have to change it in my head too.

I actually just finished Claiming the Courtesan--yay! So I'll be set for tomorrow. Now I'm doing my "do I wanna read this one or this one?"
I start about three books and decide which one is doing it for me. My husband thinks I'm insane.

Ann--maybe all the episodes are done for this year.

danetteb said...

I watch Dresden and Blood Ties too on Sunday....but The Tudors looks good and hopefully it will be on over the summer(I don't have TiVo)I'm reading Be Still My Vampire Heart by K.Sparks, I've got finals next week and been drafting my blog lately thaat there hasn't much liesure time.

Julie in Ohio said...

I am feeling a bit left out because I'm not watching TV (except for Dancing with the Stars). I really need to get with the program. :o)

I'm currently reading Eileen Wilks "Mortal Danger". Other than that, I'm trying to keep a clean house. Which do you think I'm doing more of? :oD

catslady said...

I've been watching Planet Earth so haven't caught any of those shows. I'm just finishing up The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid.

Kati said...

Catslady - I've been watching Planet Earth too. It is absolutely spectacular!! Really. We're lucky enough to have HDTV, and it is absolutely eyepopping!

amy kennedy said...

Danetteb, I like K. Sparks--but I've only read her first.

Julie I only watch tv after 9:00 at night, before that it's all teen nick. But I did use to watch Dancing with the Stars--it sucks you in.

Catslady, the Secret Life of Bees is one of my all time favorite books--after I read it I only buy organic honey made where I live. The book made me want to bathe in it.

You guys, what channel is Planet Earth on?

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Amy! I only get to watch this season's DWS because Billy Ray Cyrus is on and my kids know him as Hannah Montana's dad on the Disney Channel. :o)

Phoebe Belsley said...

I still watch The Tudors. Luv that Suffolk. Love Margaret's parting line to him. A little surprised that she snuffed the old dude. Not surprised she did it to keep Suffolk from sailing away without her. Completely perplexed by that whole jousting thing with the tree. ???

And I've played hookey from work today and read Don't Look Down, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Whoa, those Green Berets!

Playground Monitor said...

I watch Desperate Housewives on Sunday nights and just didn't want to get involved in another series.

What I'm reading? RAINTREE: INFERNO by Linda Howard was released today and I got it!

Of course tonight is the elimination show for Dancing with the Stars and the performance show for American Idol. No more Sanjaya! Yay!


Stacy~ said...

I don't watch (much) t.v., so I'm so clueless on a lot of this stuff. Sorry to hear about JRM - he's one of my MySpace friends LOL.

I have Anna Campbell's book, but haven't read it. I wanted to wait until I was in the mood for a dark historical. I just finished Shiloh Walker's "Hunters: Heart & Soul". I love her Hunters - and she knows it. I think she thinks I'm a stalker...why I don't know - I'm harmless...okay, maybe a little bit of one.

I've read a lot of negative reviews about Linda Howard's books - basically the term being bandied about is "mind rape". Kinda puts a whole new slant on the forced seduction plotline. Me, I love LH, so I'd still read it myself first before making that kinda judgment call. I didn't get it today, but I got Sylvia Day's "Dream Guardians", Lucy Monroe's "Satisfaction Guaranteed", Megan Hart's "Broken", and Ellora's Cave "Lover from Another World" because Shi has a story in it...and there's a hot pic of Nathan on the cover ;)

Playground Monitor said...

Anytime Linda writes something different, it seems a whole group of readers get all negative. They expect her to kowtow to their wishes, when obviously she's free to write what she wants. I remember when TO DIE FOR came out and everyone had their knickers in a twist. That's one of my faves. And when she had a female assassin in KISS ME WHILE I SLEEP, those knickers got twisted again.

Bottom line is if you don't like it, don't read it. Just because I don't like something doesn't make it a bad book. I just means it's not my cup of tea.

Off my soapbox here. :grin:


ev said...

Thought I would post this, I just got it online.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers In Rehab...

Hunky Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who played Scarlett Johansson's lover
in Woody Allen's 'Match Point' has entered a rehab facility to be
treated for alcoholism.

Meyer's representative, Meredith O'Sullivan, said: "After a non-stop
succession of filming, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has entered an alcohol-
treatment program.

"He felt a break was needed to maintain his recovery."

Jonathan is currently starring as British monarch King Henry VIII in
Showtime's drama 'The Tudors'.

He recently began filming 'August Rush' which co-stars Keri Russell,
Terrence Howard and Robin Williams.

His rep added: "Jonathan plans to resume his schedule following

ev said...

I tape both Dresden and Blood, but Dresden is over for the season.

i watch waaaay too much TV but with summer coming that will end until the new shows start. Unless something good comes on this summer. Thank god for my dvr.

I just read the new pb of Evanovitch's that came out this month. Now I have to go find something new to read. Hardcover so I don't have to buy it and can borrow it from the store. I have no clue what though.

Kati said...

Marilyn- I agree with you! LH is a trend setter, and any time she does something different, she gets criticized. That being said, I really see why some readers would be put off by Raintree: Inferno. It's a well written novel, but I think because it is a category romance, and not long format, we didn't get to see inside Dante's head as much. Thus he appeared more autocratic and dictatorial than others of her heroes where we get to see into their minds much more. She also had the task of setting up the mythology of the series, so she had to use space for that.

I still fell for Dante, but in this case, I can understand why readers who prefer a kinder, gentler hero would object to his tactics.

Your mileage may vary.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hullooo, Bellas! Oh, my. JR-M in rehab, Ann and ev (thanks for the news release)! I'd have thought H, cauwz he's got that thin thing going, and his armor always looks like it's wearing him, ya know? Still glad he's doin the stuff to stay in recovery.

Caroline! OMG, when Suffolk kisses Mags after they have a lovely UATship'sW? Well, I didn't need the made-for-TV subtitles to know he was a gonner. And, yeah, at the end of the dance? SaWeet! God, he's so hot. And I don't even care whether he's gay or just British. He's my pretty boy right now.

MK and Marilyn and Stace, I was interested in what Linda Howard would do with this new category series. H'Quin's doing great stuff with their new stuff. And, Stace (I'm glad you stalk here), what you wrote:

I've read a lot of negative reviews about Linda Howard's books - basically the term being bandied about is "mind rape". is interesting.

What does it mean? Is it in relation to the flavor of the novel? The characters? Is the reader's mind being raped, or does the term refer to psychological torture or abuse between characters?

Seems a weighty term to bandy about, no?

And, Play, you wrote:Bottom line is if you don't like it, don't read it. Just because I don't like something doesn't make it a bad book. I just means it's not my cup of tea.

You know that's what I like to hear. But I think authors -- anyone who publishes anything, really -- understand folks enjoy twisty knickers. Folks love dishing, some more negatively than others, which is the beauty of the freedom of the Inet. But I'm glad folks here agree to disagree with positive energy, something my friend today described as "Cyber-karma." I love that.

Catslady, my husband and son are riveted to that program, too. I can't watch when things eat other things, though. :)

JulieO, my husband doesn't mind that I read more romance than clean. I suspect yours feels similarly.

Ames and Kates, I, too, switch names if they bug me, and often change characteristics to suit me, too. I've talked about my need for more short heroines. Perhaps I'll start a movement w/in the industry...

Anonymous said...

*whining* I can't watch "The Tudors", I don't have Showtimes...Curse You Cable Company!! Ah well, at least I have Lifetime...

At the moment I'm reading The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare for class and then I have to start on Protrait of a Lady for another class. And I decided to reread (since I'm having a classic literature overload) The Rake by Suzanne Enoch, it's funny and sexy, definitely a good foil for Protrait of a Lady (Oy)

Poison Ivy said...

Is it just me, or does anyone else resent that The Tudors has the wrong sister of Henry having the romance with Charles Brandon? It was Mary, not Margaret. Margaret went off to Scotland and became grandmother to Mary Queen of Scots. Mary married the old king of France and then secretly married Brandon and became grandmother to Lade Jane Grey. I just don't understand why this series is messing with such simple facts.