Thursday, February 12, 2009

Jane And Rochester's room at Inn BoonsBoro

The day has finally come when we get to see a couple of pictures of the much-announced Jane and Rochester Room at Nora Roberts's Inn BoonsBoro. Ms Roberts talks about it to USA Today:

The room named for Jane and Rochester from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (Roberts says she has read the book countless times) includes a fainting couch and a free-standing copper tub where guests can soak in heather-scented water. Each room has its own uniquely scented bath gels and lotions, which are produced locally. (H. Darr Beiser)
The Inn's website describes it as follows:
While there's no madwoman in the attic, you'll step back in time to Thornfield Hall with our guest room inspired by Jane Eyre. The romantic atmosphere begins with the room's private entrance off the second story porch, where you're greeted by the firelit ambience of 19th century England. A grand king-sized wooden canopy bed awaits you with soft sheets and mountains of pillows for romantic indulgence, whisking you into dreamland on a cloud of comfort. You'll lounge in elegant splendor on the classic fainting couch, where you can enjoy the tranquil flickering of the gas fireplace as you sip a glass of wine with your loved one.
Historic atmosphere meets modern-day comfort in the lovely and lavish bath, where you'll want to sink into our free-standing copper tub and soak your worries away. The separate shower includes four body jets to ease any tired muscles. Heather-scented bath amenities sweep you back to summer on the moor.
So how do you like it?

On a more serious level, Games Industry discusses Why Reading Matters, the recent programme on BBC Four.
'Why Reading Matters' was an illuminating and engaging look at how modern neuroscience is beginning to reveal the remarkable effects of reading on the human brain. Moreover, it was a powerful defence of the humble novel against the rampant advance of digital media. [...]
The central thesis was that neuroscience, via cutting-edge techniques like fMRI scanning, can now show how reading stimulates brain activity and development; and specifically how fiction boosts our ability to experience empathy. Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights - a novel in which literacy is a potent metaphor for social freedom - is cited as a classic example of how the reader is able to engage and experience the emotions of characters as if they were actually feeling them. And neuroscience, by examining the action of mirror neurons, confirms that our grey matter responds to narrative events in exactly the same way as we would to real events. (Johnny Minkley)
The compulsory V-Day mentions:

Metro Silicon Valley 'invited some Silicon Valley writers and others to share their brief tales of romance and pain' and one of them said,
Heathcliff and Cathy, less is moors.
Emily Brontë II
The Los Angeles Times publishes the romance-oriented festival at the American Cinematheque (Aero Theatre, Santa Monica). Next Wednesday Wuthering Heights 1939 will be on screen.

Quite unconnected with the Valentine's Day schedule The Puppini Sisters will be singing their version of Kathe Bush's Wuthering Heights - among others - on Saturday at Stony Brook University's Staller Center for the Arts according to Newsday.

Appropriately enough, Gypsyscarlett’s Weblog discusses whether Wuthering Heights is a love story or not.

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