I've been watching the Showtime series The Tudors on our television screen on streaming Netflix, thanks to that little Roku box my son bought us for Christmas.
I love everything about this option, but above everything else, I love The Tudors. The writing for this fictionalized history is excellent. I like all of the actors. The costumes and settings are wonderful. I'm nearing the end of Season Two, and I'm sad that Season Three is not yet available for instant play. I'll have to order the DVDs instead. Didn't take me long to get spoiled, did it?
The Tudors chronicles the loves and lusts of Henry VIII as well as the politics of the times. I'd forgotten how much I love reading about this era. I just queried "The Tudors" on amazon.com and found plenty of titles to whet my appetite even more. And I recently read in the Publishers Lunch newsletter that a new novel will be coming about Ann Boleyn's cousin, the one Ann encouraged to have an affair with the king so Ann could better spy on his activities. Wow! What a great idea.
Hmmm, that didn't sound right. I meant "what a great idea for a novel."
I love the idea of writing a big novel of fictionalized history. I'm not sure I love the idea of doing all the research required to get it right.
Do you read much historical fiction (or fictionalized history)? If so, which novel is your all-time favorite? I think mine is Lincoln by Gore Vidal, but I can think of several others that would make my top ten list.