Saturday, April 07, 2012

Jane Eyre's new avatar

The plan to build giant wind turbines on the Brontë country moors is again in the press:
Western Morning News:

Campaigners against a plan to build giant wind turbines on moors associated with the Brontë sisters are making a final attempt to convince councillors and planners to ditch the proposal. People living close to Thornton Moor, west of Bradford, are hoping to stop the development in its tracks at a meeting next week. The moor is a few of miles from the famous parsonage at Haworth, where the Brontë sisters and their family lived, now preserved as a museum.
The Press Association / The Scotsman:
Campaigners against a plan to build giant wind turbines on moors associated with the Brontë sisters are making a final attempt to convince councillors and planners to ditch the proposal.
People living close to Thornton Moor, west of Bradford, are hoping to stop the development in its tracks at a meeting next week. The moor is a couple of miles from the famous parsonage at Haworth where the Brontë sisters and their family lived, and which is now preserved as a museum.
Experts say their work - including Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights - was heavily influenced by the moorland landscape of the area. The Brontë Way footpath also runs straight across Thornton Moor.
Developers want to build four turbines next to the route of the footpath. Councillors are due to meet on Wednesday to decide whether to allow the first stage of the plan - a 200ft high wind monitoring mast.
Anthea Orchard, who lives in nearby Denholm Gate and chairs the Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group, said the Brontë connection is only part of their objection.
She said: "It's too close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest and it's too close to other important sites. It's also too close to many houses in the area. Quite simply, the site is totally inappropriate and we're determined to fight it."
Phil Dyke, development director at developer Banks Renewables, said the test mast would have minimal visual impact as it was so slender. He told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus: "World populations are growing and many historically less-affluent countries are now yielding greater financial strength.
British Life Examiner:
The Haworth-area turbine project can't help but take away some of the pristine charm of the popular tourist spot and romantic authors' heritage area. Voting is set for next week; if it's approved, the turbines could go up by September 2013. (Linda Gentile)
And The Shropshire Star, Belfast Telegraph, Bury Free Press, The Huffington Post, The Herald, The Telegraph (Australia), MSNBC (US), The Courier Mail (Australia),  ...

The Daily Star (BanglaDesh) reviews Jane Eyre 2011:
Meticulously directed by Cary Fukunaga from a neat script by Moira Buffini, the film captures the truly haunting life of Jane and follows her growth in a subtle but powerful way. Son of a Japanese father and a Swedish mother, Fukunaga shows just how to embark upon the intimidating task of turning a beloved work of classic literature into a movie. (...)
Brontë's Jane Eyre may not be rich and glamorous, but she possesses rare virtues like honesty, courage, compassion and humility, the kind of person every reader imagines himself to be deep inside.
It is hardly surprising that this book has inspired so many film adaptations over the last century, the latest of which was directed by Fukunaga.
He has reincarnated a classic for a new generation, letting Jane Eyre breathe in her new avatar. (Afsana Tazreen)
FemPop recaps the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy and describes like this the evolution of the Owen Hunt character:
Who has gone from the tortured Brontë hero to the biggest dude on television.  (Alex Cranz)
The college newspaper The Bowdoin Orient reviews The Flight of Gemma Hardy. The review is full of comments like this:
Having never successfully finished any work by a Brontë sister, however, my experience reading Livesey's "The Flight of Gemma Hardy" felt highly akin to reading Harry Potter. (...)
Less deft is her handling of the philosophical questions her story raises: Is all love conditional? Is it possible to happily lead a double life? The efforts "Gemma Hardy" devotes to grappling with these inquiries is packaged about as cleanly as a Philly cheese steak. She writes these questions off about as quickly as she writes off my favorite character, an intellectual named Archie whose motives seem to elude him as much as they do to the reader. (Peter Griesmer)
Sometimes ignorance is so bold.

The Globe and Mail reviews the latest book by Nancy Richler and remembers a previous one:
Where Your Mouth is Lovely echoed the tones of Tolstoy, Babel and Brontë, the new novel finds Richler confidently inhabiting her own voice. A native Montrealer, she elucidates a compassionate, complex vision of her beloved community. (Donna Bailey Nurse)
The Tyee lists the ten novels every aspiring writer should read:
2. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë (1847).
Brontë wrote a love story so intense we'd all get radiation poisoning if she'd made Kathy (sic) or Heathcliff the narrator. Instead, the dim-witted Mr. Lockwood tells the story as he's been told it by Kathy's (sic) old servant. That's enough insulation to keep us safely distant from events while still believing in the lovers' passion for one another.  (Crawford Kilian)
DVD Talk reviews the edition of Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series:
The show evokes a feeling more of Wuthering Heights than General Hospital.  (John Sinnott)
The Times talks about Tim Burton's film version of the series:
“The show went from Jane Eyre to Dorian Gray to Rebecca, Wuthering Heights and The Turn of the Screw. And the kids who were watching it may not have got the references, but they recognised a good story, which was what really mattered.” (Kevin Maher)
The Wall Street Journal talks about Seth Grahame-Smith, who is also the screenwriter of Tim Burton's version of Dark Shadows, and the brief history of the mash-up genre:
[Pride and Prejudice and Zombies]  was an unexpected hit that spawned a micro-genre of knockoffs by other writers, including "Android Karenina" and "Wuthering Bites."  (Alexandra Alter)
Paranormal Literature Examiner reviews Dhariya: Prelude to a Dark Legacy by Karrellelyn Brae Wade:
It is a true traditional gothic story with a feel of the writing of Jane Eyre. (Bertena Varney)
Boxoffice Magazine suggests sequels for teen films of the 90s. Like Clueless 1995 which was loosely based on Jane Austen's Emma:
And while it couldn't be based on any other Austen work without some seriously weird plot developments, there's plenty from the canon of classic British lit to choose from. We suggest Wuthering Heights.  (Ross A. Lincoln)
Hannie Rayson in The Age has made the British Coast to Coast walk:
I will be in conversation with the literary figures I knew at Melbourne University in the '70s: Coleridge, Shelley, Keats. Mad-bad-and-dangerous-to-know Lord Byron, William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, the Brontës.
Wuthering Heights 2011 continues polarizing the Spanish press:
Very positive: El Cultural, Filmeweb, Dirigido Por (where there's also a lukewarm review of Dario Marianelli's soundtrack for Jane Eyre 2011).
Very negative: La Provincia, Lo que te interesa, Geekpro.

The writer and editor Luis Magrinyà ends an interview at La Opinión de la Coruña with the following praise of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:
En La inquilina de Wildfell Hall, Anne Brontë da un tratamiento a la violencia doméstica en 1848 que ríete tú de lo que podamos hacer ahora. Para eso sirven los clásicos. (Isabel Bugallal) (Translation)
The Ledger Independent includes a fragment of a poem by Emily Brontë among a selection of Easter thoughts;  michreviewstheworld reviews Jane Eyre; In the mood for cinema... (in Turkish), À Voir, À Lire (in French) and Kino Blog (in German) post about Jane Eyre 2011; Rosie's Chronicles does the same with Jane Eyre 1983;  Open Space has just read Villette; See Michelle Read posts about Little Miss Brontë.

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