Friday, July 05, 2013

The Telegraph interviews Kaya Scodelario, the latest Cathy on screen:
What really took her away from Effy was appearing in Wuthering Heights in 2011.
Andrea Arnold’s award-winning adaptation of Emily Brontë’s book used young, relatively unknown actors and focused more on the first half of the book than the second.
Scodelario put in a lauded performance as a wild, emotional Cathy Earnshaw.
'I knew so many people had done the role before me, but I liked not knowing much about it.’ (Scodelario caused a stir when promoting the film by revealing she hadn’t read the book.)
'I think in the book she and Heathcliff are young, so maybe that’s why it all worked. Maybe you only fall in love that way when you are young. I think – I hope – we brought that passion of youth with us.’ Has she read the book since? She laughs. 'No. I keep meaning to.’ (Lucy Cavendish)
koimoi reviews the Bollywood film Lootera:
Ranveer Singh, though sharp in his performances falls short by a few notches. Gauging his level of acting, Singh is capable of better. In his individual scenes, the actor is detached and lost which conspicuously hits. I won’t point this out as wrong footing because he manages to paint himself as Brontë’s Heathcliff, adapting the mores of that character! (Mohar Basu)
Hindustan Times insists on the same subject:
The actors, too, have impressed the critics. Raja Sen feels Ranveer Singh has comfortably slipped from the flashy characters of his previous films into that of a brooding, serious lover for Lootera. Raja Sen writes, "He looks good as a quiet pinup, a vintage hero in high-waisted trousers, but it is when he bedraggedly lets his seams show that Singh is at his best. He even snarls like Heathcliff."
Penguin Books South Africa celebrates the deal with the writer Karin Brynard in a very Brontë fashion:
Penguin Books South Africa CEO, Stephen Johnson, said, “Charlotte Brontë wrote in her The Professor (1857) that ‘Novelists should never allow themselves to weary of the study of real life’. It thrills us no end at Penguin Books that this splendid writer, whose work exemplifies the portrayal of life as it is lived on Africa’s southern tip, in all its complexity, has entrusted to us the fruits of her humane insights.  (Via MediaUpdate)
The quote, by the way, is from Chapter XIX.

Batley & Birstall News has a new competition for young readers:
So to kick off our new page, we have a fantastic competition where you could win a family trip to London AND tickets to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster.
We want to find the best young travel writer for a summer what’s on guide produced by Grand Central, the company which runs trains from Mirfield to London every day.
All you have to do is send a 100-word review of your favourite destination along Grand Central’s West Riding route.
It could be the Brontë museum in Haworth or the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield or somewhere less well known, such as Mirfield Show or the Bagshaw Museum in Wilton Park.
Daily Kos is not very thrilled with Agnes Grey:
It’s easy to see how Anne got overshadowed by Charlotte and Emily. Agnes Grey is a brief and dreary book, primarily written to draw attention to the plight of poor, educated people whose career paths in those days were limited to being teachers and governesses to the children of upper class twits, given responsibility but no authority, treated as inferiors in front of the children, and sometimes punished for the children’s transgressions, leading the little brats to misbehave on purpose so as to see the governess punished for failing to control them—which they weren’t given the power to do.
Agnes, the daughter of a poor clergyman, enters the service of a succession of abominable households that think they’re better than she is, where they have raised the boys to torture helpless little animals and the girls to be spoiled princesses. Sadly, the children are likely to grow up to fit right in with their One Percent society. The plot has just enough time to get around to a standard love story and an unhappy arranged marriage, but really, Agnes Grey is to governesses what The Jungle was to Chicago stockyards and Uncle Tom’s Cabin was to slavery—a call for reform based in the fictional depiction of actual misery. (AdmiralNaismith)
Bilan (Switzerland) interviews the publisher Vera Michalski:
Avez-vous jamais été tentée par l’écriture?
J’ai commencé comme tout le monde un roman, avec une copine, à 11  ans, en 1965. C’était un sous-produit des Hauts de Hurlevent. Nous ne sommes pas allées au-delà du premier chapitre. Si je devais continuer à m’intéresser aux livres, j’ai vite pensé que ce serait par un autre biais. (Translation)
The writer Elizabeth Ross posts on The Book Smugglers about her novel Belle Epoque:
I was also inspired by many literary classics: Brontë’s Jane Eyre, as the ultimate plain Jane.
The Inn at Lambton (in French) and Random House India are discussing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; the Brontë Sisters reminds of the manuscripts of Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey being sent to T.C. Newby publishers on a 4th July in 1847; Bibliophile Support Group reviews Tina Connolly's Ironskin.

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