Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Revolutionary Book

On Christmas Day, Female First chooses Jane Eyre as Book of the Day:

The book is revolutionary in showing female strength and intelligence matching the class of the man she was in love with. It is thought to be one of the most influential novels of all time as its themes of sexism and feminism were thought to change the course of literary history. (Lucy Walton)
Parma Today (Italy) talks about books chosen to be read in trips:
I libri dei parmigiani in viaggio? Tra i più amati i classici russi e italiani

Bram Stoker con Dracula scelto soprattutto da ragazzi tra i 20 e i 25 anni, mentre tra le parmigiane di mezza età campeggiano Charlotte Brontë con Jane Eyre, Ragione e sentimento di Austen, Cime tempestose di Brontë. (Alice Pisu) (Translation)
Little Rock Books Examiner talks about biopics:
Some of the most memorable biopics include: “The Barretts of Wimpole Street”, about the romance between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning; “Devotion”, about the Brontë sisters; “Julie and Julia”, about cookbook author Julia Child and protégée Julie Powell; and “Becoming Jane” about the celebrated Jane Austin (sic).  (Jennifer Lafferty)
Devotion? memorable? We can think of some adjectives (a few of them even positive), but memorable is not one of them.

Sabotage Times lists some alternative Christmas songs, including Xmas Breakup by Foe:
Her Christmas tune,’Xmas Breakup’ a desolate Brontë-esque tale of doomed love acts as a welcome counterpoint to the tooth rotting saccharine musical fare you often encounter at this time of year ! (Andy VP)
Crave Online lists the ten best movies of the year:
I saw hundreds of motion pictures in 2012, and my short list for “best of the year” was obscenely long and varied. I had to kill some darlings to get to this point, and cutting wonderful films like Chronicle (which reinvented the power fantasy for a new generation) and Wuthering Heights (as emotionally harrowing an experience you’re ever likely to find) hurt me in ways I can’t adequately explain in words. (William Bibbiani)
And A.V. Club includes Wuthering Heights 2011 as number ten:
Andrea Arnold’s unconventional adaptation of the Emily Brontë classic brings race front and center, keeps the camera handheld and low to the ground, and lends the language a profane edge not usually associated with 19th-century English literature. Yet it’s true to the tortured heart of the novel, using raw performances and beautifully forbidding images of the English moors to re-create Brontë’s unrelenting sense of dread. (Sam Adams, Mike D'Angelo, Noel Murray, Keith Phipps, Nathan Rabin, Tasha Robinson, Scott Tobias and Alison Willmore)
The Playlist includes the film on a list of worthy films that you probably haven't seen:
We were convinced, on walking out of Andrea Arnold's adaptation of "Wuthering Heights" inVenice nearly 18 months ago, that we were looking at film that while it had little chance of catching on with the general public, it was sure to be a critical favorite. In fact, it didn't even manage that; sharply dividing reviewers, it came and went from theaters with only a few critics really shouting from the rooftops about it. But in a way, that just makes us cherish it more. Making last year's Brontë adaptation "Jane Eyre" look like a conservative "Masterpiece Theater" adaptation, Arnold rips her source material apart and starts again, creating a savage, brutal landscape (shot in glorious Academy ratio) that neatly mirrors the characters' cruelties against one another. Unlike the bulk of period dramas, there's little room for repression and subtext. Heathcliff, Cathy and co. are as blunt towards each other as characters of their fledgling age probably would be (this is a world where virtually no one makes it past the age of 25, seemingly), and Arnold's approach of casting relative newcomers pays, for the most part, great dividends, even if it makes the film a little rough around the edges in places. Those who prefer the picturesque when it comes to their costume dramas are likely to be horrified, but "Wuthering Heights" was never a pristine period piece, and even if Emily Brontë never wrote a scene in which Cathy licks blood from the back of a badly beaten Heathcliff (it's sexier than it sounds, trust us), we have no doubt that she'd approve of Arnold's invention, and the film in general.
On the Indiewire 2012 year-end critics poll the film makes it to the 30rd position.

Cassidy Crimson's Blog interviews the writer E.B. Black:
Name your three favorite novels of all time.
These change all the time, but as of right now, I love the novels Fateful by Claudia Gray, Ember by Bettie Sharpe, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
Al otro lado de la pantalla (in Spanish) and give pause... post about  Wuthering Heights; Facts about All talks about the Brontës; Książki moimi oczami (in Polish) posts about The Professor; Night Dawn Day, Un Café con Neleta (in Spanish) and Just Write Away post about Jane Eyre; La Tripartita (in Spanish) reviews Jane Eyre 2011; grande_caps posts lots of screencaps of Wuthering Heights 2009; Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog reviews The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle; Calendar Customs uploads a video with the best moments of Haworth's Scroggling the Holly 2012.

And a classic one in a day like today, Anne Brontë's Music on Christmas Morning gets featured on little stars will shine.

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