Saturday, January 05, 2013

Jane Eyre as a mash-up

Bharat Tandon lists forty things you didn't know about Jane Austen in The Times. This one looks like a not well measured boutade:
34. Mistress of mash-ups.
Jane Austen "mash-ups", such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, are nothing new; after all, what is Jane Eyre if not an Austen plot suddenly derailed by Gothic horror?
As witty as it seems, the fact is that Jane Eyre's plot has nothing to do with an Austen novel. Which is not bad or good, it's just what it is.

The New York Times reviews the book Me Before You by Jojo Moyes:
With his rudeness and his fits of temper, Will resembles Charlotte Brontë’s Mr. Rochester, albeit in a wheelchair. But Louisa Clark is no Jane Eyre, even if, like Brontë’s heroine, she is small, dark-haired and unprepossessing — “one of the invisibles,” as she herself puts it. (Liesl Schllinger)
Keighley News talks about the anniverary of Patrick and Maria Brontë celebrated last Saturday in Haworth:
A museum spokesman said the event was very well attended and the talks were extremely popular. (Alistair Shand)
Publishers Weekly interviews A.G. Howard author of Splintered, a sequel of Alice in Wonderland:
There’s a Gaiman-esque quality to Splintered. Who has influenced your writing style, and how important is it – in your opinion – for writers to also be readers?
There are more than I can list, but here are my top six: Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, Charlotte Brontë, Melissa Marr, Christina Rossetti, and of course Lewis Carroll. I think it’s beyond important for writers to read. It’s necessary. Reading other writers’ work helps you realize what genres your drawn to, what kind of story telling appeals to you, and how story arcs unfold. Reading makes you a better writer, and in turn shapes what kind of stories you write.
Ruthie Henshall selects six albums for The Daily Express, including
Kate Bush: The Kick Inside (EMI)
I grew up on Kate Bush because my twin sisters were mad about her. I was getting into literature and the story of Wuthering Heights broke my heart, then she wrote a song about it. She was so different. She sang about everything from poisoning to people going off to war. And I loved her arrangements.
The Huffington Post's Nameberry suggests new names for babies:
Eyre : This lovely name -- the Old Norse surname Eyre sounds just like air -- is best-known as the surname of eponymous Brontë heroine Jane, and would make an appealing and distinctive middle name for the daughter or son of fans of that book.
MSN Celebrity talks about next week's episode of Emmerdale:
 Emmerdale barman Bob Hope's latest scheme to woo the ladies is set to completely backfire on him, according to the actor who plays him Tony Audenshaw.
The single dad of twins hatches a plot to meet women, including Brenda Walker and new vet Vanessa after he sees Brenda reading Wuthering Heights and decides to organise a special literary evening for the ladies of the village.
But it all goes wrong when he ropes in pal Dan Spencer to dress up as heartthrob Heathcliffe (sic), and all the ladies fall for him.
The Golden Gazette News traces a history of romantic fiction:
 In romance literature of the Victorian period, authors like Charlotte Brontë who wrote Jane Eyre  and her sister Emily, who wrote Wuthering Heights (both published in 1847), portrayed a deeper, darker side to love. The female quest for independence and freedom, in a time of outward displays of moral values, double standards and a fixation on the social condition of the lower class, heralded the more liberated romance novels, epitomized by the suffragette movement and emancipation of women.
The Boston Globe lists several actors who have been seen on a Masterpiece Theater adaptation. Including Ruth Wilson:
Known for: “Luther”
“Masterpiece” roots: “Jane Eyre” in 2007
She’s one of TV’s most chilling killers on “Luther,” as the brilliant Alice. But we still remember seeing her blushing in the dark corners of Thornfield Hall in a solid adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic. (Matthew Gilbert)
City Watch Los Angeles publishes the list of 'winners' of their satirical 2nd Annual Ban Billboard Blight Awards:
The Charlotte Brontë ‘Ingratitude’ Award goes to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who said the city charter should be amended to take power over civil cases away from the City Attorney and allow the City Council to retain its own legal counsel. No mention was made of the fact that the City Attorney’s Office, despite serious budget cuts, has gotten hundreds of illegal supergraphic and other signs taken down, and collected $8.2 million to date from sign company scofflaws, with more enforcement cases pending. (Dennis Hathaway)
This is Fake DIY describes like this the singer Miles Kayes::
 Having seen him perform on several stages, there’s an honest love of music and performing that oozes from him. Sure, his lyrics aren’t the next Bronte novel, but if it's jumping around and having something to murmur along to and nod your head, then he’s your man. (Elise Cobain - Alive And Amplified)
The Oregonian shares the recipe to make good negus (which is mentioned by Rochester in Jane Eyre: " Leah, make a little hot negus and cut a sandwich or two: here are the keys of the storeroom."):
Mentioned in classic literature, including the likes of "A Christmas Carol," "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights," negus is a port-based drink warmed with spices and a touch of sugar, then thinned with hot water. It's perfect to bring out after a meal while the company settles into comfy chairs in front of a roaring fire, which is exactly how my friend Antonia served it the other evening. (GoodStuffNW)
The Wuthering Heights reference is in Chapter VI:
Then the woman-servant brought a basin of warm water, and washed her feet; and Mr. Linton mixed a tumbler of negus, and Isabella emptied a plateful of cakes into her lap, and Edgar stood gaping at a distance.
Super Mom The Illusion interviews the author Oceanna Fleiss:
What kinds of books do you love to read? Any favorites from the last year or so?
Honestly, I tend to gravitate toward the classics. I love Jane Eyre and The Count of Monte Christo, anything by Dickens. Lately I've been reading David Copperfield
Seagreen Reader, I Need to Read ThatAn Idle Hour and We Adore Reading review Wuthering Heights; Popularna Klasyka (in Polish) and Avis-Lectures!!! (in French) talk about Jane Eyre; Bad Reviews of Good Books publishes a collection of bad reviews of Jane EyrePersephone Magazine reviews Jane Eyre 1944; Capital Area District Library Blog posts about several Jane Eyre derivatives, prequels or sequels; Deeds & Words talks about Charlotte Brontë's juvenilia piece Mina Laury; Film Club reviews Wuthering Heights 2011. Some reviews of new Brontë-related books:  Thoughts from the Hearthfire reviews Black Spring by Alison Croggon; YA Book Season reviews The Mist on Brontë Moor;  Kid Lit Geek reviews The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef; What Jane Read Next reviews Jane Eyre Laid Bare.

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janereads said...
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Thanks for mentioning my review on this blog. I will definitely be coming back here to read about all things Bronte.

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