Monday, June 27, 2011

So-called modern Heathcliffs and other news

The Yorkshire Post features a bed & breakfast that may be a good stop for a Brontëite:

BROOK House, Ogden, home of Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd and husband Chris where they also run a bed and breakfast business. [...]
She and Chris came up with the idea of a Brontë-inspired B&B as their Georgian house at Ogden Water above Halifax looks on to the moors and is close to Haworth. The Brontës, she says, have been her passion since she was nine when her ambition was to live in a cottage in Haworth. She is a mastermind on the literary sisters and has devised a Secret Brontë Tour for guests.
“We take them to the Lord Nelson in Luddenden where Branwell used to drink and to Low Hill where Emily was a governess and lots of other places that aren’t in the usual tourist trail. Chris would really love to have an old bus one day so we can do trips for guests and other tourists.” [...]
Her favourite shopping haunts are Haworth, Hebden Bridge and the Mytholmroyd flea market, which is the first Sunday of every month. This is where she picks up her favourite old glassware. She also collects modern pieces from Gillies Jones Glass in Rosedale and it all has its set place. [...]
Almost all the food is bought from local farm shops and bakeries. “We wanted to support local businesses and guests like it. We did our homework on how to run a B&B. We always stay in them ourselves when we go away, rather than hotels. We also had amazing support from Welcome to Yorkshire and the Haworth Village Association.”
The three letting bedrooms all have Brontë books and DVDs and have been painstakingly designed with feature bathrooms, including a luxurious en-suite with a rain bath.
It looks like a few readers of the Huffington Post may do well to stay there, as they have voted for Jane Eyre among their favourite literary heroines.
Jane Eyre was picked by many readers, and we can see why. Though she was extremely mistreated as a child, she never let it destroy her self-worth. She maintains conviction throughout the novel, and always remains positive despite all her misfortunes. At a time when women's options were limited, Jane Eyre manages to independently establish a comfortable living for herself. She also rejects Mr. Rochester despite loving him when she believes that he has committed a misdeed, proving her courage and strength.
The Orange County Register describes the 'modern Heathcliff':
OK, so maybe the underlying problem here is the idea of a "soul-mate."
Thank you, Emily Brontë! Our modern O-Heathcliff-my-Heathcliff moons about his parents' house well into his thirties and doesn’t have what we boring fuddy-duddies call a j-o-b. Instead of a poet’s blouse, our modern Heathcliff sports a tight, v-neck T-shirt. Instead of writing sonnets he likes to sit outside coffee shops strumming his ukulele. He may talk about things like sustainable living in lieu of actually earning one. I don't see what's so attractive about these Heathcliffs, but apparently, I just don't get it. (Elizabeth Esther)
So. Apparently the old Heathcliff wrote sonnets.

An Associated Content article celebrates Branwell's birthday (yesterday, June 26th) and Abigail's Ateliers feels the need to 'defend' Aunt Branwell. Storytelling & Me posts about Jane Eyre, Écran de Projections writes in French about the 1996 adaptation, The Snarky Victorian reviews the 2011 take on the novel and Shep shares a few scans of Mia Wasikowska posing as Jane for Lula Magazine.

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