Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Independent celebrates the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. We don't agree with Bonnie Greer when she says:
But not everyone likes it. Playwright Bonnie Greer said: "I'm not a big fan of Austen; I never got through Pride and Prejudice … she's not to my taste. You're either an Austen fan or a Brontë fan, and I'm a Brontë fan."  (Sarah Morrison)
We certainly love the Brontës better but it's not incompatible with loving other things, even Austen things. The Indian fashion designer Salini Ahuja would seem to agree in The Asian Times:
Being an avid reader and a sucker for classics, my fashion sensibilities seek inspiration from the Victorian era and characters like Emma, Jane Eyre and authors like Jane Austen and Emily Brontë.
Caitlin Moran gives valuable advice in The Times:
When it comes to teenage girls learning about life solely through the novels of the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th centuries, there is a lot to recommend the notion. Pre-internet, it’s how I learnt, and it learnt me good. I know deep wisdoms, such as, “If you fancy someone hot who is already married, just wait a while; they might get their wife and eyes burnt out in a fire, in which case, you’re quids in – and all without a costly divorce lawyer.” (Jane Eyre.)
The Times lists several 'cool cottages' in which to spend the weekend:
Hit the Heights, West Yorkshire
Out on the moors above Haworth is Bronte Barn, with Top Withens - said to be the inspiration for Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights - and Brontë Falls within easy walking distance. Inside, the ambience is contemporary, with neat touches including a dining table that converts into a snooker table. (Susan d'Arcy)
The Boston Globe reviews The Pinecone (the biography of Sarah Losh) by Jenny Uglow and as usual mentions Charlotte Brontë:
Uglow provides all manner of photographs and descriptions. She cites Nikolaus Pevsner, the architecture critic, who praised the church as remarkable, and the writer Simon Jenkins who called Losh “a Charlotte Brontë of wood and stone.” (Richard Eden)
The Observer talks with Stevie Nicks:
She's a fan of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe "– "I walk around singing it all the time" – and would love to emulate it, but "I don't think that's really ever going to happen because I'm more Wuthering Heights , and Heathcliffe (sic) and Edward and Bella" – the characters from Twilight – "I'm more serious, dramatic… Shakespearean." (Caspar Llewellyn Smith)
The Deseret News football section includes an article which begins like this:
My wife just cannot get enough of classic books/films set in the English countryside. She thinks Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters were better than Red Smith.
As if.
I try to pretend I'm interested, but the part that kills me is where the lovers get separated and don't see each other for months or years. After a lot of drama, they find their way back into each other's arms and realize they were meant to be together.
Or something like that. (Brad Rock)
The Border Mail describes Neds Corner (Australia) landscape:
The property runs along a spectacular part of the Murray River and its red gum forests, but most of it is a huge, flat saltbush plain, stretching across 27-kilometres to the heat-shimmering horizon. It looks dusty-green, sometimes mud-brown. It's scrubby like a Brontë moor but is no place of long, contemplative walks. It is unforgiving and hot. (Melissa Fyfe)
Linkiesta (Italy) wants to visit the north of England:
La terra di Keats è la Gran Bretagna: ne conoscevo i villaggi, le curve dei viali, le grandi cattedrali e il verde della campagna, ancora prima di visitarla. Ci sono stati uno dietro l'altro Dickens, Lawrence, Shelley, Shakespeare, Doyle, Christie, Brontë, Austen, Joyce, Woolf... (Barbara Bernardi) (Translation)
L'Arena (Italy) reports that Wuthering Heights 2011 will be screened at the Infinitamente Festival in Verona in March 12; Książka jest życiem naszych czasów ... and The Nerdy Reader post about Wuthering Heights; Ler(-te) (in Portuguese) recommends the Brontës; Filmy Kostiumowe (in Polish) posts about Les Soeurs Brontë 1979; Booked for the Day publishes a book discussion about The Flight of Gemma Hardy; Corazones Solitarios (in Spanish) reviews Jane Eyre; ms. bailey uploads to Flickr a picture inspired by Emily Brontë.


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