Friday, April 05, 2013

Friday, April 05, 2013 9:11 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
The Times Educational Supplement has compiled a list of 100 books based on teachers' opinions. BBC News discusses it:
An online survey asked 500 teachers to name their favourite titles. [...]
[TES editor Gerard Kelly] points out that apart from a modern intrusion in the form of Harry Potter, the top 10 is dominated by the literary canon in the shape of the Brontës, Orwell and Tolkien. [...]
1. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
2. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
3. Harry Potter series: JK Rowling
4. Wuthering Heights: Emily Brontë
5. Jane Eyre: Charlotte Brontë (Judith Burns)
Apparently, at least according to Yahoo!'s Shine, classics are also good for dating:
Let Classics Be Your Guide: In Much Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, Not So-Great Gatsbys, and Love in the Time of Internet Personals by Jack Murnighan and Maura Kelly, the authors turn to classics like Howards End (my all-time favorite book!) and Jane Eyre to discuss and overcome dating concerns and setbacks. A few examples include whether you should date a divorcée and how to turn a fling into a committed relationship. (TresSugar)
Complex Pop Culture lists '15 Actresses Who Were Replaced in Big Movies' and one of them serves to sum up the convoluted story behind Wuthering Heights 2011:
Kaya Scodelario for Natalie Portman in Wuthering Heights (2011)
"Natalie Portman to Star in New Adaptation of Wuthering Heights"—that was the story in 2008. What could go wrong? Plenty. Portman bailed on the project within a few months, and director John Maybury cast Abbie Cornish as Catherine Earnshaw. A year later, Peter Webber was announced as the new director and his choice for the role was Gemma Arterton. And nearly a year after that, another director, Andrea Arnold, signed on, and cast British newcomer Kaya Scodelario. Needless to say, she wasn't quite the box office draw that Portman would have been. (Josh Robertson)
CanalSur (Spain) announces the broadcast today and tomorrow of the 2004 Italian take on Wuthering Heights.

PopMatters reviews the 1951 film Two Lost Worlds:
But just when you think this historical drama is going to turn into Wuthering Heights Down Under, look out!  (David Maine)
Yahoo! Movies wonders, 'With Passing of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Will There Ever Be a Merchant-Ivory Production Successor?'
Out of all recent films under the above slates, period pieces did the worst at the box office, other than "Jane Eyre" in 2011. It may be why the Merchant-Ivory sensibility may have to be relegated to television where astute observation is more valuable in high-definition. (Greg Brian)
A columnist from The Evening Sun writes about her life as a 'secret reader':
Another remedy for boredom would be to sneak whichever novel I happened to be reading into services, tuck it between the pages of my prayer book, and while others attended to the business of communicating with God, I would be reading The Secret Garden, Heidi, or Jayne [sic] Eyre. (Shelly Reuben)
This is what the Brisbane Times suggests you do when visiting O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat:
If outside bores you, slink back in, turn on the gas fireplace and laze around on one of the lounges.  Or gaze out the window seat on the other side of the room with Brontë-esque concentration. (Amy Remeikis)
CBC Books features Talking Derby: Stories from a Life on Eight Wheels which is
a forthcoming book of short stories about women's roller derby, by Windsor, Ont., writer Kate Hargreaves. She's a member of the Border City Brawlers, Windsor's roller derby team, where she's known as "Pain Eyre." (She took the nickname as a play on Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre -- since she has a B.A. and an M.A. in English, she wanted her derby name to be a literary reference.)
The Beaufort Gazette gives some family background information on Broadway actress and singer Meredith Inglesby:
[Her father] Bill had always been smeared by pluff mud. He comes from a musical family that spent every summer on the May River, staying in a cottage beside his two first cousins once removed, Edith and Charlotte Inglesby. They were sisters who never married and fascinated generations, like characters who'd stepped out of a Charlotte Brontë novel. (David Lauderdale)
BroadwayWorld Omaha features BLUEBARN's revival of William Luce's play Brontë. The Yorkshire Post mentions that, 'although Keighley and its surrounding villages are probably best known for their links with the Brontë sisters, the area has a proud manufacturing heritage.' The Examiner reports that there are 'Three rescue cats – Stuart “Stuie” Woods, Harlee Quinn and Charlotte Bronte [who] call [bookstore] Dog Eared Books their home.' Haber Turk (Turkey) announces the broadcast of Wuthering Heights 2009 (CNBC, tonight, 22:00)

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