Thursday, January 24, 2013

Swooning over the Brontës

The Telegraph and Argus publishes a letter from a member of the Brontë Birthplace Trust and Councillor for Thornton and Allerton Ward.

SIR – As a member of the Brontë Birthplace Trust and Councillor for Thornton and Allerton Ward, I was totally dismayed to hear from the Council that our right to a Community Bid for the Brontë Birthplace was not valid due to the fact that it had been used as a residence.
I was even more upset that the Council’s Asset Management department had failed to inform us of this. Our first meeting was held on October 5, 2012, when officers were elected.
The Asset Management Department was first contacted about the Community Right To Buy around October 18. We were told our application would be put to the next Council Executive. Once on the list we would have six months to raise the funds to purchase the property. We had a terrific response from all over the world and were confident we could raise the money.
An apology from the Council is not good enough, and to say the request was only on e-mail is a disgrace – people in Thornton feel totally let down. Members and villagers will be heartbroken if an opportunity to preserve our literary heritage is lost again.
Come on, Bradford Council, be creative and help keep this gem in Thornton Village.
Councillor Valerie Binney (Conservative, Thornton and Allerton Ward), Scarborough Road, Shipley
Onirik reviews the Blu-ray release of Wuthering Heights 2011:
Le résultat est un véritable film d’auteur, mesuré, millimétré, dosé, tant si et bien qu’il finit par sembler artificiel. Pourquoi s’attarder de si longues minutes sur une plume sur une épaule ? Et pourquoi répéter des plans fixes de la première partie dans la seconde ? Le film est long, trop long, c’est presque un comble quand on constate qu’il manque une bonne partie du roman, celle qui ouvre une petite porte vers l’espoir. Dommage. (Claire) (Translation)
And The Gate finds a Brontë moment in the film Austenland:
When Jane arrives for her vacation, she discovers that, having bought the “copper package”, she gets to play a poor orphan taken in by her wealthy cousins, wear a dull brown dress that exposes no cleavage whatsoever, and to stay in the servants’ quarters (here she becomes more of a Brontë heroine than an Austen one—not to nitpick).  She finds that her role in her fantasy vacation is a little too close to her real-life situation—a mousy, overlooked minor character in her own life. (Lara Candland)
A fan girl moment from the Minot Daily News' Angela's Agenda.
I don't suppose it matters overmuch that Amazon or the rest of the world knows that I have a fondness for well-written historical mysteries, with an emphasis on an English setting in the Regency period, the Victorian era or the period just after the First World War. There are probably a large number of former English majors just like me who swooned over Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë and eat up Downton Abbey with a spoon. If the Amazon website calculates that I will like the same books and movies that other people with my background like, that's fine with me. (Andrea Johnson)
The Huffington Post lists several 'Reasons To Be Glad You're Over Age 22'. One of which is
No more path-not-taken moments, when you become convinced that botching a job interview or not talking to that man who was picturesquely enjoying his coffee and copy of Jane Eyre on the park bench as you walked by a completely normal 16 times has irrevocably ruined your life forever and ever and ever. (Amy Shearn)
The American Thinker mentions Brocklehurst from Jane Eyre as an example of an 'abuser'. Agnes Grey is reviewed by Thoughts about Books and Les livres de Céline (in French). Delirious Documentations has realised 'vastness of Brontë material that's out there'. The Re-Visioning the Brontës Conference blog shares a Branwell Brontë manuscript.

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