Monday, January 04, 2010

Comic Book Resources publishes a list of significant manga releases in 2009:
The Sleeper: The Name of the Flower by Ken Saito, published by CMX. (
I was overwhelmed by this incredibly touching modern-day version of Jane Eyre. It shares with that venerable classic the basic story of a young, innocent but determined orphaned girl wh0 falls in love with a tormented older man. But that description only covers the basic similarities, it hardly accounts for the depth of feeling and sentiment Saito manages to convey in her characterization. While terrible external events happen to characters in this manga, it also shows how humans can end up hurting themselves the most. Although that is a pretty dark truth, just like in Jane Eyre this story also holds that love for others -- and perhaps for oneself -- is the path out of self-imposed darkness to redemption. (Danielle Leigh)
Just Between You and Me interviews the author Stephanie Morrill:
Okay, how about favorite book as a teen?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. This answer always makes me cringe a bit because I’m afraid it sounds like I’m trying to come off like some super-brain.
Bookslut reviews Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and mentions the well-known Jane Eyre references, John Gushue...Dot Dot Dot devotes a post to R. Sikoryak's Masterpiece Comics (including The Crypt of Brontë). My Journal has joined the All About the Brontës Challenge, Cultura para Todos reviews Agnes Grey in Spanish, Сомнамбулическое сознание posts about Wuthering Heights 1992 in Russian, Cuvintele atrag realul covers several WH adaptations in Romanian, Vintage Reads has received some Brontë-related Christmas gifts, She Blogged by Night reviews among others I Walked with a Zombie 1943.

Finally, the YouTube channel Reading Bad Poetry 'honours' Anne Brontë by reading her (not bad) poem Appeal. Too bad they have trusted a site with an obvious typo, 'My eyes are tires of weeping', rather than the original words, 'My eyes are tired of weeping' to laugh at the poem.

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