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Anne of Hollywood Hardcover – January 24, 2012

3.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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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


"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

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: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,526,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I mean really LOVE LOVE LOVED this one! This is brilliant!

So, you probably already know the story of Anne Boleyn and the Tudors, but you have never read anything as interesting and fun as this new interpretation. Henry is re imagined as a billionaire power broker that rules Hollywood as his kingdom. Anne is the daughter of a social climbing entertainment lawyer with two siblings that are great successes. Mary had a fling with Henry years ago while she was a young model while her brother George may or may not be a bisexual amd struggling actor. The whole story fits in nicely with the backstabbing and social climbing that occurs daily in Hollywood with the details much like a Shakespearean play. Anne is witty, fun and a bit scheming although not really overt about it. She is also a bit naive about money and the power plays that go on behind the scenes or at least that is the way she is portrayed in the book and history.

All I can say is this book is FUN and I really didn't want it to end. I can now imagine more retelling of famous historical figures and their lives much like the Austen fiction that has become so popular these days. There is all of the soap opera goings on in this retelling but what I really enjoyed was Wolper's attention to detail and how she redid some of the characters. Cardinal Wolsey is an investment manager in a Madoff kind of way with the name play of Carl Wolsey -- which sounds very similar. Theresa Cromwell, plays the trusted advisor to Henry who schemes to get Anne out of the picture while his ex wife, Catherine is portrayed as a basket case with insomnia and a new found religious bent. So at least, in this story, Anne is just banished, not beheaded and in true chick lit fashion, she ends up back on her feet! I guess women have come a long way since the days of the real Tudor court.
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Reading the summary, this book sounded SO good! That is probably why I was so unprepared for how boring it ended up being. The story of Anne Boleyn was so interesting and scandalous, but this book was nowhere near capturing that emotion.

The main problem I had with this book was the writing style. Almost the entire story was made up of thoughts and descriptions with very little dialogue/action going on whatsoever. This made the story seem to drag on and I found myself skimming pages at a time because I felt like they were pointless. Because of this, there didn't seem to be a real storyline going on, so time was so jumpy and I wasn't even aware so much time had passed until something had happened that wasn't supposed to happen until months down the road. This made me confused while reading and I just didn't feel like the book was worth the effort to understand what all was going on.

The characters were okay, but I wasn't a fan of anyone in the book. Anne got annoying, Henry was a jerk, and everyone else just hated each other, so it got annoying real fast. Anne kept on referring to Henry as "the King" even though this was supposed to be a Hollywood adaptation. I still don't really understand what Henry did and I wish it had more of a hollywood aspect to it.

What I did love was the cover! That color is so pretty and I love how it's the royalty-like chair with a martini to mix the old story with Hollywood. But that's really the only good thing about this book. As much as I wanted to like Anne of Hollywood, it just hit the mark for me.
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I still have yet to finish The Tudors with the ever-lusty Jonathan Rhys Meyer because my DVD player broke down, but with 2 seasons under my belt, I feel confident that I knew all there was to know about Anne Boleyn to dive into anne of hollywood. Unfortunately, the scandalous lives of the 16th century nobility do not mirror the scandalous lives of the Hollywood elite as well as I had expected. The characters and their motives, while present, fell a little flat, and not enough time was spent to develop these modern personalities to match their infamous historical counterparts. It is one thing to know whom Henry Tudor represented, but it is another to see that charisma ooze out of the pages. I wanted to see steam rise up from the pages of anne of hollywood with all the lust and love and betrayal and dramatic tension, but what I got was a bunch of characters who did not ace their history test. anne of hollywood reminded me of Gigi Levange Grazer books, so fans of The Starter Wife or maneater may appreciate another literary spin on the Hollywood scene. As for me, I will stick with Hollywood on silver screen.
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