Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:58 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
Dwight Brown picks the 'Best Films of 2012: Black Actors, Directors and Others Shine' for The Huffington Post. Sadly though, Wuthering Heights is to be found in this category:
Worst Films: The Paperboy, Red Hook Summer, The Dictator, Rock of Ages, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, To Rome With Love, The Campaign, Cosmopolis, The Oranges, Wuthering Heights, The Bay, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.
Norwegian singer/songwriter Susanne Sundfør seems more appreciative of another take on Emily Brontë's novel, as reported by Glamour magazine:
G: What would you say makes the most perfect pop song? You've said before that find a balance between the familiar and the surprising is important to your own song writing process… S: "Well, I think that if you are going to write a good pop song, the verse should be quite recognisable immediately, and when you come to the chorus, you have to do some sort of twist with a chord or a hook or whatever, and that makes a really good pop song. I think the best pop song ever is Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush, because she has all the ingredients and the lyrics are amazing. And the video is legendary. It's fantastic." (Jenn Selby)
Here's one of those articles where literature meets sport, courtesy of The Roar.
Literary critics and bookworms could rattle off their top 50 works of literature in next to no time. Sure to feature among most are the great novels: ‘Ulysses’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Moby Dick’, ‘Don Quixote’; and the rest, as you might say.
Novels, all of them.
I would hazard a guess that at least 90 percent of those considered by the experts as the greatest works of literature would be novels, just as 90 percent of the best cricket games ever played would be Tests. Time investment pays off for the reader, just as it does for the cricket watcher. (paddyeff2)

And now for a couple of different approaches to Brontë country. As suggested by the Gloucestershire Echo:
From Skipton, known as the gateway to the Dales and home to one of the most complete, medieval castles in England, board a traditional canal boat for a cruise along one of the most scenic waterways in Yorkshire and travel on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in the land of The Brontë sisters' Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
And cycling, recommended by the Gazette & Herald:
Before I did leave, I had a look at the church and the Parsonage Museum, using the car park adjacent to it. I explored the home of the Brontë family and could appreciate their novelist skills written in days of poor light and sanitation problems in Haworth.
However, I came here to ride out across the high moors, be exhausted by the terrible ascents, thrilled by the exciting descents and enjoy the unrivalled views across the South Pennine Range.
I imagine, the Brontë sisters having similar feelings for the hills while seeking inspiration for their famous novels, but probably not on a bicycle.
The Pennines certainly are inspirational, especially the ride across the edge of Oakworth Moor and the even more inspiring ride across to Hebden Bridge where awesome views never end.
Where there are hills, you will usually find reservoirs in the valleys and as you cycle across to Stanbury and beyond you will encounter two fine examples which are teeming with wildlife. (Brian Beadle)
Plaza (in Finnish) also mentions a visit to what they call Hayworth briefly.

On the anniversary of her death yesterday, Emily Brontë was remembered by Cally Phillips, Whizzbang 1698Literatura, Cinema & Cia (in Portuguese) and Estórias da História (also in Portuguese). Olvasokfilmezek writes briefly in Hungarian about Agnes Grey. Austenitis posts about Jane Eyre 1997. The Squeee reviews Eve Marie Mont's A Breath of Eyre.


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