Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:52 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
The Yorkshire Post features the news from the Brontë Parsonage: redecoration, new director Ann Sumner, etc.
It's more than 150 years since the Brontë sisters were alive, but their legacy continues to inspire.
The American writer and political commentator Bonnie Greer is the Brontë Society’s president, while Patti Smith, who will perform a sell out gig in Haworth in April, is another unlikely fan. Then there’s the hit TV series Twilight which owes a nod of gratitude to Wuthering Heights -– the favourite book of its heroine Bella Swan – and that has, in turn, helped bring the stories of Charlotte, Emily and Anne to a whole new generation.
Another big fan, albeit a less well known one, is Ann Sumner the new executive director of the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth. “I’m a lifelong Brontë fan. I first came here in my teens and have been back regularly over the years, I came here with my daughters when they were studying the Brontës,” she says.
Although she originally comes from Bath, Sumner is no stranger to Yorkshire having lived in Leeds and Harrogate and worked as senior curator at Harewood House. “I’ve seen the Parsonage develop and I’ve seen the Brontë Society go from strength to strength and with the bicentenary celebrations of Charlotte Brontë coming up in 2016, I thought what a wonderful opportunity it would be for somebody to lead at this exciting time.” (Chris Bond) (Read more)
There's an accompanying video where Ann Dinsdale speaks about what's new. She also mentions Angela Workman's film project Brontë, which seems to have been given a new boost. The film's IMDb page was last updated in August and the film is now listed as 'in production' (albeit status says 'delayed').

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day so there are many sites still mentioning the Brontës in that - shall we say - context. The Dispatch suggests:
Maybe you'd like to sit by a cozy fire and take turns reading aloud from classic romantic literature, "Jane Eyre," for example, "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald or a little Keats. (Page H. Onorato)
The Times of India selects Jane Eyre as one of the 'Books that tell us what it means to be in love' and summarises the story without any qualms about spoilers, etc.

The Michigan Journal cuts to the chase and discusses sex:
The media throws IT around at us all the time. And if you have HBO or Showtime, you get IT a lot more than the rest of us. Whether you’re watching porn or Lifetime, reading “50 Shades of Grey” or “Wuthering Heights,” or talking to students on our campus, IT is all around us. (Elizabeth Bennett [!])
In the meantime, Flavorwire has selected 'The Film Lover’s Guide to Bad Romance' including (and no qualms about spoilers here either)
Rebecca/Jane Eyre: Don’t Avoid Talking About Your Ex
We all have some kind of baggage that we bring to every new relationship. A lot of us also have an ex who did a serious number on us – took the dog, wrote a popular break-up song about the relationship, etc. Talking about that stuff is a good way to make sure your new romance is completely honest and open. You don’t want to be like Rochester, who proposes to Jane Eyre but fails to mention minor details about his ex. Oh, like how she went insane, is hidden away in the attic, and, oh yeah, is still married to him. (Alexander Huls)
Film Equals is looking into zombies and films but doesn't seem to forget the date:
My personal fave of this early period was undeniably 1943′s “I Walked with a Zombie,” from director Jacques Tourneur (“Cat People”) and legendary producer Val Lewton, who is noted for his atmospheric, spooky horror films. This one is no exception, with wonderful cinematography from J. Roy Hunt. Amusingly enough, the story was based on Brontë’s “Jane Eyre,” which makes it a good pick if you’re trying to impress a date. (Mark Trammell)
And we think that's all the V-day-related stuff for today.

Moviefone suggests:
We love Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters as much as the next English major, but if there's one thing to learn from "Warm Bodies," the zombie comedy that's currently a box office hit, and "Beautiful Creatures," the upcoming paranormal romance that's sure to be a hit, it's that you need to start reading Young Adult novels. Maybe you resisted the "Harry Potter" phenomenon and the "Twilight" craze, but it's time to give in and read like a teenager. (Sandie Angulo-Chen)
Margaret Reynolds, discussing the new school curriculum plans in the Guardian, wouldn't seem to agree with that.
There is a current fashion for setting so-called "contemporary texts" – that is works published recently – because they are deemed more "relevant" to the lives of the young people taking the exam. I love the writings of Susan Hill and Sebastian Faulkes as much as the next woman. But even those luminaries – I hazard – would like their readers to have read Jane Eyre and To the Lighthouse.
So let's be brave in our schools with language, and yes – solidly old-fashioned with literature.
Not enjoying Jane Eyre is not a new thing. The Independent quotes George Eliot:
We read George Eliot's airy dismissal of Charlotte Brontë's dialogue ("I wish her characters would talk a little less like the heroes and heroines of police reports") with a sigh of century-defying pleasure. (John Walsh)
The Philippine Star suggests visiting Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner (which has a Brontë memorial) while in London. The Red & Black discusses book covers bringing up the Twilight-looking covers for the classics of a few years ago. The Perpetual Post mentions Jane Eyre in a review of the latest episode broadcast in the US. The Lavish Forum has read Jane Eyre and Addicted to Jane Austen is giving away a DVD of the 1970 adaptation. Carmen y amig@s writes in Spanish about Agnes Grey.

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