Thursday, March 07, 2013

Thursday, March 07, 2013 8:42 am by Cristina in , , , , , , ,    No comments
(First of all, beware of spoilers if you haven't read Villette). The Guardian features Lynn Shepherd's top 10 fictional drownings:
10. Monsieur Paul in Villette
In conclusion, an inconclusive. In the last lines of Charlotte Brontë's novel, the heroine Lucy Snowe writes of her lover, Monsieur Paul, returning to her by sea from three years' enforced exile in the West Indies. But then there's a sudden "wild south-west storm" that leaves the Atlantic strewn with wrecks. So is it a happy ending, or a tragic one? Are they reunited, or does he drown? I'll let you decide. "… Leave sunny imaginations hope. Let it be theirs to conceive the delight of joy born again fresh out of great terror, the rapture of rescue from peril, the wondrous reprieve from dread, the fruition of return… "
The Hollywood Reporter looks at News Corp's school tablet, which
will come with education-themed games, such as a fighting game, in which Tom Sawyer battles the Brontë sisters, the Times said. (Patrick Brzeski and Georg Szalai)
Victoria Glendinning reviews Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing by Jane Dunn for The Spectator.
Jane Dunn is something of a specialist on sisterhood. She has — we learn from the dedication — five sisters of her own; she has already written a book about the sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, and another about the cousins Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Now the du Maurier sisters are in line to capture the public imagination like the Brontës or the Mitfords, their group celebrity fortified by genuine claims to fame. The fascination for readers is the different character and destiny of each sister, plus their relationships with one another and with the dynamics of the family romance —  and few family romances have been more potent than that of the du Mauriers. 
Ystads Allehanda (Sweden) calls Jane Austen and the Brontës the 'forerunners' of feminism while the Indiana Daily Student complains about the fact that Indiana University seems to have overlooked Women's History Month:
Women’s History Month is being celebrated all across the country — except at IU. [...]
Employees at the Willkie Quad Movies, Music, & More, a library for Residential, Programs and Services  residents, assembled a list of film recommendations based around the theme of Women’s History Month.
Andrew Lewis, an employee at the library, said they tried to find films with female characters who were powerful or historically significant.
Included on that list were “Jane Eyre,” an adaptation of the classic novel, and “Frida,” a biography of artist Frida Kahlo.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have enough movies about historically significant women to fill a recommendations shelf,” he said. (Tori Fater)
The Equinox discusses the classics and their screen adaptations.
Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and F. Scott Fitzgerald each have their place in today’s society. However, it may not be what they envisioned.
Instead of being regarded for their classic novels, their detailed storytelling and character development, these authors’ names are recognized in a different capacity, all thanks to the jump from page to screen.
These famous books are no longer commonly read by our generation; many are more likely to see a film based off of the book rather than reading the book. [...]
I still believe that reading the classics–”Pride and Prejudice,” “Jane Eyre” and “The Great Gatsby”–before they debut on the big screen will allow you to develop a sense of the characters and plot in a way that is specific to your stream of thinking.
This way, nothing will influence your opinion on one of the classics–something a film and our generation have the potential to do. (Sam Norton)
Consequence of Sound reviews the album Soft Opening by Parl Necklace.
Why Toto” adds what sounds like another vocal layer to the formula, although it could just as easily be another breed of synth or some recorded wind. It plays like the soundtrack to a postmodern Wuthering Heights, and while it does a great job of setting a scene, Cathy and Heathcliff never emerge with any of the action. (Katherine Flynn)
The Dorchester Reporter informs of the death of 'elections guru' Billy McDermott, who seems to have been a fan of Wuthering Heights.
“Even during the 2004 [Democratic National Convention] —the biggest political event in four years being hosted in his home city—he opted to spend the week on the Cape at the beach with Deirdre, re-reading ‘Wuthering Heights’ during the day and watching the convention with her on TV at night,” [his son] Liam recalled. (Gintautas Dumcius)
The Gloucestershire Echo recommends a trip to Brontë country.
Landscapes sometimes inspire great literature, just as a town can be the central character in a drama – and it's these themes which are explored in this choice of holidays.
Take the Yorkshire Dales where lush green valleys are crested with white cliffs and ancient farmland is divided by dry stone walls. This area has featured in many TV series and films. The charming village of Haworth, a place of cobbled streets and alleyways, is where Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights were created by the Brontë sisters, while Ilkley Moor is celebrated in the well known traditional song.
WAtoday looks at the most popular baby names in Western Australia.
WA's most popular girls' names for the year read like a "who's who" of Jane Austen and Bronte sisters' period dramas.
Charlotte aside, Emily also made the top four, followed by Isabella at number 12, Sophia, Matilda, Hannah, Emma and Lucy ran consecutively from number 17 to 21.
Perth mother Alanna Mell was one of the 193 women to name her baby girl Charlotte in 2012.
"We chose Charlotte because we like traditional feminine names," Ms Mell said. "Simple to pronounce and spell was important to us also.
"Having a name like Alanna, I've had to spell it and pronounce it over and over all my life and people still get it wrong - I didn't want that for Charlotte.
"Charli for a shortened version we love too and had she been a boy, it was going to be Charlie also."
Ms Mell said she and her partner knew Charlotte was growing in popularity, but were still shocked to discover it was the most popular.
"I guess more people are going back to old fashioned, pretty names," she said. (Rania Spooner)
The Independent talking about cricket:
After the opening day of England's Test series against New Zealand was washed out without a ball bowled, he talked of being confined to the attic at home like some latter-day Bertha Rochester and not allowed out until the whole thing was done, with his two-year-old Wilf running about downstairs. (Stephen Brenkley)

On the Brontë Parsonage Facebook page you can see Brontë Parsonage Museum director Ann Sumner at the opening of sculptor Diane Lawrenson's exhibition at Conwy. Kill Me If I Stop gives a 2.5 out of 5 to Wuthering Heights while To the Lighthouse writes in German about the 2011 adaptation of the novel. Posts on Jane Eyre over at Tranquil Dreams and Kokoba. Bookishness compares the actual novel to April Lindner's Jane while Reflections of a Book Addict simply reviews April Lindner's novel. Books: A True Story posts about Eve Marie Mont's A Breath of Eyre.

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