Sunday, April 3, 2011
First episode was Sunday night and in my opinion it was deadly dull and I don't say that lightly. Since I went through the February from hell this year with the book I vowed to myself I would never give a bad review to anything or anyone ever again - after all, no one sets out to make a bad product.
So let's see - the sets were the most beautiful I have ever seen.
The costumes were breathtaking.
Who am I fooling? It was deadly dull - predictable. There were the requisite number of sex scenes with people talking a mile a minute while they 'indulged'. Excuse me! Why do they always do that in these series? Half the dialogue in the Tudors was during sex. I'd be slappin' the guy upside the head if he decided THAT was the time to talk. It's hard enough to get them to voice their emotions, THEN AT THAT MOMENT THEY DISCUSS POLITICS??? I don't think so.
There also seemed to be a great deal of mumbling - but that may be me, I don't know. I've noticed it's getting harder to understand these actors with my advancing age. The men weren't even that good looking. There was Cesare. I imagine he was expected to be the big heart throb of the series, especially since I heard they will kill off David Oakes sometime soon.
I could not take Cesare seriously since he reminded me of chain smoking Father Guido Sarducci from the old Saturday Night Live shows. Whatever happened to Father Guido? Remember the 'Find the Pope on the Pizza Lid' contest? I expected Cesare to have a cigarette dangling from his mouth all the time, he never buttoned his cassock and he never shaved.
And why oh why kill off your best actor - Derek Jacobi - in the first episode????? Are they nuts?
THE UNKNOWN BORGIA - GUIDO
BOOKS ARE BEAUTIFUL GIVEAWAY!!!
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NEW BOOK ALERT!!!! By Debra Brown
"I am very excited to be releasing my new early Victorian novel, The Companion of Lady Holmeshire, on April 5, 2011 on Amazon Kindle and soon thereafter in print. A foundling infant, grown to become the lovely servant girl, Miss Emma Carrington, has been chosen by the Countess of Holmeshire as her companion to keep her from the lonely hours of widowhood. Emma returns from London, where she had been receiving training in the arts of refinement, to the country castle home of the Lady in Northumbria. There she receives a warm welcome from her former workmates downstairs. The Countess intends to introduce this former servant girl into aristocratic society alongside herself despite much anxiety over it on the part of the former housemaid. Soon the Lady’s son, the 7th Earl of Holmeshire, who is engaged to an aristocratic London lady, returns from his travels to the Continent. How does he take to the presence of this former servant at tea? A day in the village below reveals some hint of danger to Emma; what is the source of that threat? Follow the enjoyable romantic developments and enjoy life with both the aristocrats and the servants. Join them as they travel into London for The Season and learn how Emma is received in snobbish upper class society.
See some of the harsh realities of life while visiting a poor area in Victorian London. Attend a ball along with the young Queen Victoria. Last, but not least, quite some intriguing mystery has been woven through the book; an expensive bracelet has been stolen and the identities of several people are puzzling."
I love Victorian novels, the atmosphere is wonderful for romance with all of the repression that enveloped British society with the reign of Victoria and Albert. After the wild ways of the Regency, where anything was permitted, this must have been a shock. Should be a great book. Best of wishes, Debra!
Posted by Karen V. Wasylowski at 11:11 PM