Philippa Gregory is one of the best historical authors writing today. Her books are absolutely captivating, and it’s little wonder that she has written a slew of bestsellers. Her knowledge of history is excellent, and she weaves this knowledge into her stories to make them realistic and believable. Her writing is excellent, and she draws you into the past that she is recreating through her novels. She is most famous for her novels set during the Tudor period, but her newest series is during the War of the Roses.
Philippa Gregory’s novels absolutely scream out to be made into films. They have intriguing story lines full of drama and romance (and sometimes action). There are captivating characters and strong dialogue. Most of all, there’s a great opportunity for film to make the most of the lush historical settings and costumes. Somehow, though, only The Other Boleyn Girl has become a major film (although Gregory did write for two lesser known TV projects in the ’90’s). Gregory has published twenty novels, and is still at the height of her career.
Hollywood, listen up. Here are Philippa Gregory novels that should be made into films. They come with an automatic audience of the fans of her books, plus they will appeal to people who didn’t read the original novels.
The White Queen
The White Queenis the first novel in a new series by Gregory called The Cousins’ War. This is a really fascinating story. It’s set during The War of the Roses, and it achieves a great balance of historicity and unpredictability. Most people aren’t overly familiar with the history of the period, and have probably never heard it from the point of view of a woman. This means that although it is based in historical fact, the audience will still be riveted and feel the suspense of not knowing what will happen. This would make a great movie. It has intrigue and betrayal, military and domestic scenes, magic and gritty realism, mystery, despair, and hope. Best of all, it’s just the first book in the series. We all know how much movie makers love sequels, and this will automatically be set up for sequels.
The Queen’s Fool
I was absolutely drawn into the novel The Queen’s Fool. This would be absolutely riveting as a film. It is full of intrigue and political plotting. However, it also has gripping love stories. With sexual tension galore, and love found, lost, and found again, this will appeal to a wide range of audiences. There is a good mixture of comedy and drama, action and introspection. If I was a director, I would buy the rights toThe Queen’s Fool faster than you could finish this article.Audiences will enjoy the well known historical characters (Queen Elizabeth I, for example) who are the side characters woven through the story.
Any of Philippa Gregory’s novels would make good movies, but The White Queen and The Queen’s Fool are obvious choices to make fantastic films. I would also love to see The Constant Princess and the Wideacre books as films.
Philippa Gregory’s Official Website
“Philippa Gregory”, The Internet Movie Database