The Radio Times complains on behalf of 'Euro 2012 widows':
At times like these, in the thick of a major football tournament, television becomes one great big Haworth Parsonage. The women are Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë, sitting in front of the fire sewing tassels on to hearthrugs, while the men are Patrick and Branwell, leaning on the fireplace and looking important as they twist their moustaches and dominate the living room.Hilary Robinson discusses classic authors and social networks on The Huffington Post.
We, the ladies, might occasionally go out on to the moors in our big dresses as we rail against the patriarchy before spitting consumptive blood into our hankies and returning home to write bleak, brilliant and enduringly successful novels. Yes, that's why the Brontë sisters wrote Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; because there was nothing on the telly that they wanted to watch. Meanwhile Patrick and Branwell were toasting their toes by the fire as England drew one-all with France. (Alison Graham)
We may freak at the suggestion of chopping Tolstoy up into digestible megabytes, we may balk at the thought of Scrooge and Hamlet opening Twitter accounts and we may laugh at the thought of Mr Bumble teasing the reader with his very own Facebook page while Jamie Oliver offers a more tempting alternative to a bowl of gruel, but let's not forget Emily Brontë already has 57,842 'likes' on her Facebook page, and who's to say that Shakespeare would object to being the 'Blogging Bard' - if "all the world's a stage" as he says - I'm sure, if he were here today, that would include the laptop as well.More classics in unexpected places, as The Sun quotes 'pin-up' Amy Childs:
“I love reading about everything. I’ve never read any Shakespeare – I like true stories and gangster books. I’m really fascinated by why people do things like that.KQED includes Wuthering Heights among the summer reading suggestions for 13-year-olds.
“I like shocking people because I love reading. I’ve read Jane Eyre and I love Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.” (Colin Robertson)
Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontëNigerian literature on AlertNet:
Oh romance on the heath! This was actually one of my two favorite books in eighth grade (see below for my first favorite). I partially blame my continued belief in the power of unrequited love on this book. (Lizzy Acker)
One of the exhibits was a poem about the legend of Bayajidda. This ageless traditional folklore, like that of Wuthering Heights or Romeo and Juliet in the western world, has always been taught in schools across Nigeria. Bayajidda was a prince who fled Baghdad and travelled across Africa with numerous warriors. He settled in Daura, a town in modern day northern Nigeria, where the people suffered from a crisis of lack of access to safe water.The Scriptorium posts in French about Wuthering Heights. Benjamin Hall discusses Jane Eyre while Leituras Brontëanas (in Portuguese) dislikes the idea of the forthcoming erotic retelling of the novel.
When Bayajidda arrived in Daura, he asked an old woman for water. She informed him that they could only draw water from the well once a week when Sarki, the serpent guarding the well, would allow them access. Bayajidda set out for the well where he killed and beheaded the serpent that had terrorised the people of the town and restricted their access to water. Bayajidda’s bravery ensured the people of Daura had daily access to the water in the well, and for his heroics, Bayajidda bagged the hand of the local queen, Magajiya Daurama, in marriage. (Dr Michael Ojo)