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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451657218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451657210
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,298,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A screenwriter known for penning novels that send up the cult of celebrity (The Cigarette Girl, 1999; Secret Celebrity, 2002; Mr. Famous, 2004) puts a twist on the formula by updating the story of Anne Boleyn and setting it in Hollywood. Handsome Henry Tudor is an Internet whiz turned film-studio mogul, and every blonde in town has set her sights on landing one of the most powerful men in show business. But it’s dark-haired, intelligent Anne Boleyn who has caught Henry’s fancy, and she is suddenly moving in a rarefied world, with servants at her beck and call and unlimited spending money. But all is not serene in the realm, for Anne must deal with Henry’s bitter ex-wife, Catherine, and their spoiled daughter; fend off the machinations of Henry’s right hand, businesswoman Theresa Cromley; and keep various hangers-on and groupies at bay, all of whom, especially young jewelry designer Jane Seymour, want a piece of their fortune. Although the royal theme wears a bit thin by novel’s end, this cynical view of the price of fame makes for a breezy, entertaining read. --Joanne Wilkinson

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"The story of Henry and his wives is a perfect tale for a modern Hollywood update and Wolper gives it a fun witty spin. This is a perfect beach read for anyone headed somewhere warm for a mid-winter break or, for those not traveling, the perfect book to lose oneself in on a dreary day."

The Hollywood Reporter

"An entertaining read to be taken with a dose of humour. Leave academia behind and enjoy the ride."

—Tudor Book Reviews

“Tudors in Tinseltown. . . . An ambitious mash-up . . . [and] the conceit is fun.”

--Kirkus Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim Adams on February 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For her behaviour, manners, attire and tongue she excelled them all. -- Lancelot de Carles

Move over Jane Austen fan fiction, here come the Tudors! Carol Wolper delivers a riveting story of a modern Tudor family in the cutthroat glamour of Hollywood. In this contemporary update, Wolper hits the mark on literal and figurative translations of courtly intrigue and corporate politics as Henry Tudor seeks to appease his lusty appetite for women and power.

Like her historical inspiration, Wolper's Anne manipulates Henry ... or does she? Wolper's story is entertaining glimpse at modern society's obsession with fame, fortune, and beauty - an obsession that is not unique to Hollywood but rather a common theme through history. I found myself chuckling at how Wolper transformed the historical events from the Tudor Era into our electronic society. Wolper subtly comments about ambition - have we lost our heads in pursuit of power?

Recommended read for those who enjoy dramas involving pop culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fly fisher on February 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book-couldn't put it down! Carol's writing is so intelligent and fun at the same time. Juicy, page turning, gripping!! It all ended too soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Everyone knows the tragic, soap opera-like (though, true) story of Anne Boleyn, who seduced Henry VIII away from his wife Catherine of Aragon and convinced the monarch to break with the Catholic church -all with the promise of providing him with a son, which she never had.

Author Carol Wolper puts a twist on Anne's often-explored story by placing it in modern-day holiday, where powerful connections, seduction and Hollywood near-royalty are just are important as they once were in Tudor-era England. Wolper casts Anne as a rising young socialite, who uses her intelligence, charm and sex appeal to ensnare the powerful Henry Tudor, even after he's used Anne's sister and discarded her. Anne must deal with harsh Hollywood politics, backstabbing friends, a jealous ex-wife and others who would dare take Anne's place.

Anne of Hollywood is basically like a semi-Gossip Girl-like modern retelling of the Anne Boleyn story, complete with backstabbing and all kinds of juicy social politics. Wolper's version of the tale is an interesting balance of the modern and the classic, where she attempts to keep the integrity of the tale while bringing it into the 21st century. Some of the differences may bother history junkies like myself -such as Thomas Cromwell becoming Theresa Cromwell -but once I got deeper into the story, I found the changes a welcome twist that breather new life into a story I've read far too many times. Though this time, there's much more overt sex, and not as much at stake -and heads don't role. I especially enjoyed Henry's run for political office, it just fit.

There are a few things that bothered me here though, where the translation of the story just didn't work as well in modern times.
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As a lover of history and a fan of Csrol Wolper, I expected to love this book, but it fell flat for me. Yes, I was able to see all of the parallels, but there was no depth to the writing. It's a parody, but it doesn't bite with any wit. I could barely get through it. Wolper is better when not limited to a set plot.
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This fresh take on the destructive attraction between Anne Boleyn and Henry Tudor includes all of your favorite historical characters in their new modern personas. While it is fascinating to see the twist that Ms. Wolper brings to the tale of an English king and queen with American identities and values, the story is complex and often a little murky in nature. However, this book will be an utter delight to lovers of Tudor myths and gossipy history.

Kaitlin
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By Melissa on September 6, 2012
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I normally hate contemporary chick-lit beach reads, but I will read anything to do with Anne Boleyn and I'm glad I gave this a go. Carol Wolper transports the story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII to contemporary California with relative ease-it's easy to see Henry as a hotshot Hollywood executive. I only gave the book three stars though because I think she gets Anne herself wrong. This Anne is a freelance writer who hasn't really done much with her life until she meets Henry, and I just don't see Anne Boleyn that way. A contemporary Anne would've accomplished *something* on her own.
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