Hi lady, hope your Christmas is goin' great! :-) Have a Diana DVD to send you, and am wondering what you know/reckon of Madonna's 'W.E.' movie...
It is great! Thanks so much. Congrats on your TV debut.
I have heard some things in regard to the Madonna movie. It doesn’t look good. It’s basically a ripoff of Julie & Julia where there’s this modern character of Wally who is obsessed with Wallis and her story is told by flashbacks from what Wally discovers. The history is all bullshit; Madonna wrote the “secret letters” Wally finds in the movie herself. I’m not fond of her casting choices either. I like Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy but I don’t think either of them are really right. I do like the idea of Natalie Dormer as the Queen Mum, but apparently Madonna’s version is very one-dimensional. In Madonna’s movie the Queen Mum is shown to be responsible for spreading around the lie that Wallis and David were Nazis which is just ridiculous. It’s very strange that Madonna is apparently trying to debunk the Nazi stories but by implying the Queen Mum believed them or that they came from her she’s giving these awful lies credence that they never had in real life. Also apparently there’s quite a bit of politically correct history where Wallis and David are both shown as being these totally modern enlightened people who love poor people and have black friends. I mean, it was a different era. You can’t pretend it wasn’t and all of the unsavory prejudices of the past didn’t exist. There’s also a scene where David drugs everyone’s drinks to make them dance. It sounds like a great idea for a Madonna video, but not so much a movie.
The clothes look stunning though, so I’ll probably see it for that.
Which one do you like? William & Kate's wedding? or Victoria & Daniel's wedding?
LSK: Personally, I used to adore the British Royal Wedding. Unfortunately, the Swedish Royal Wedding shows up and I guess I kind of change my mind…
The reason why I like the Swedish Royal Wedding because it’s very warm and full of love and emotion, especially both Victoria and Daniel are perfect team and they’re willing to work together, for sickness and health…
P.S: I DON’T HATE BRITISH ROYAL WEDDING NOR WILLIAM AND KATE! I love most of the royal families around the world (u v u)
Have you read the autobiographies of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor? I've both of his and hers is in the mail on the way to me right now, but I'm curious as to your thoughts on them.
Yes, I’ve read both. Without going into way too much detail, I liked both books. They’re both ghostwritten to some extent but Wallis’s seemed much more so than David’s. Parts of it sound like her, parts of it don’t. For some reason a lot of people completely disregard Wallis’s book and think she was lying about everything, which is ridiculous. The only things you could really accuse her of lying about are some of the details involving the abdication considering every other subject she might want to fudge details on is omitted completely. I mean, it’s possible she fudged some details about her family and background as well but there really aren’t any lies, just omissions. That’s how all old-timey celebrity memoirs work; if you don’t want to talk about something you just don’t include. It gets rather amusing when it comes to her affair with David. For instance, she mentions that she fell in love with him in summer 1934, but makes no mention of telling him she loved him or any sort of romantic overtures made by either one of them until all of a sudden they’re talking about getting married. Because she knows how it looks what with her being still married and all, she just pretends their relationship emerged from nowhere.
David’s book does some of the same things, but I like his better because it’s not really about Wallis or his love life at all. A King’s Story is actually a really good account of all the royal stuff. What it’s like to be royal, what the royals do all day, what kind of perks you get, what happens on all those royal tours, and so forth. I’ve read a lot of royal books, and no other book before or since has done as good of a job in conveying all that. He also goes surprisingly easy on his parents, so if you’re expecting any Mommy Dearest stuff you’ll be disappointed. I certainly was. All family dysfunction is avoided completely, though there is a brief mention of psychonanny. But there are some great stories about the extended family, like David’s many German cousins.
I remember David at one point complains quite a bit about how the press kept making fun of him for falling off his horse, and I thought about how lucky he was that that’s all they made fun of him for. Prince Charles would kill to get off that easy.