Apparently no one is ever going to get tired of writing silly stories about Mary Queen of Scots

She’s got a TV show now.

As described, with appropriate tartness, by Slate:

Reign, about Mary Queen of Scots’ teenage years, begins next Thursday. It’s a promising premise—at the very least, Showtime could wring something with the enjoyable boudoir realism of The Tudors or The Borgias out of it— but here it’s Sofia Coppola lite, Marie Antoinette by way of Gossip Girl and an Anthropologie catalog, with a group of wide-eyed girls lolling around to Mumford & Sons in modern-cut frocks with Haim hair contending with social hierarchy and cute boys. (Girls is also an influence: Reign borrows the scene from early in Season 1 when Marnie has an emergency masturbation session, but on Reign, the lady-in-waiting emergency-masturbating in a castle stairwell gets discovered by the King of France, who then has sex with her.) And just in case being a world historical figure did not make Mary Stuart special enough, Reign gives her either a special spectral friend or the second sight. Spoiler warning, but if she ever really had either, Mary Stuart probably would not have spent the last 18 years of her life locked up in castles waiting to be executed.

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