Friday, August 23, 2013

Those Wild Brontë Sisters

Hollywood Chicago reviews the Blu-Ray edition of Les Soeurs Brontë 1979:
In a way, Téchiné’s approach is as audaciously artful as Andrea Arnold’s recent adaptation of Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights,” which spent its first act conveying the essence of the author’s prose through haunting, wordless imagery. Rather than explore how the Brontë women conceived of their timeless literary masterpieces, Téchiné illustrates their origins by simply focusing on the character’s relationships with one another and with nature itself. Fraught with isolation, the lives of these siblings were cut short well before they were able to witness the influence of their achievements, with the sole exception of “Jane Eyre” author, Charlotte (Marie-France Pisier). As middle sister, Emily, Isabelle Adjani gets many of the film’s juiciest scenes, cutting through the morose proceedings with a fiery temperament. (Matt Fagerholm)
Daily Mail presents the book What's in a surname? by David McKie:
Authors are prone to preserve their privacy under noms de plume, ever since the Brontë sisters pretended to be the brothers Bell. (Peter Lewis)
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin describes Jane Eyre in a simplistic kind of way:
Even in the fiction category, there are motivational rags-to-riches stories such as “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens, ”Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë, the tales of Horatio Alger and many other titles that are sure to quicken the pulse of even the most intransigent indigent. (John Weeks)
Keighley News reports the winner of their phototographic competition, Joe White from Stanbury is the winner:
His successful photo is of a rustic footpath sign pointing to Brontë country on moorland close to his home.
“It’s on the route of a walk I do between my house and Top Withens,” said Joe, 26, a buyer for Morrisons in Bradford.
“I was just trying to capture the image from a different perspective.
The Tampa Bay Times talks about Austenmania:
Austen (1775-1817) had six novels published, two of them posthumously, but was little known in her lifetime. Her reputation grew steadily, however, and she has long been considered one of the finest writers of fiction in English. Authors from Henry James to J.K. Rowling have acknowledged her influence. Not to mention that Austen, with some help from those wild Brontë sisters, more or less birthed the modern romance genre. (Colette Bancroft)
San Francisco Weekly describes like this the first season of the cult series Dark Shadows:
A Gothic romance loosely patterned after Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, the series offered hints of the supernatural, but never delivered upon that promise. (David-Elijah Nahmod)
Ada Calhoun shares the best lesson she ever received about writing in the New York Times:
I didn’t go to journalism school, so I knew I had a lot to learn about reporting. (I concentrated in Sanskrit, mostly because I love grammar.) But I grew up reading a lot: the Brontës and Oscar Wilde and Tolstoy and T.S. Eliot and Marilynne Robinson and comic books.
The Stuff (New Zealand) discusses the importance of studying arts:
I actually think it's a mistake to discourage, or at least not to encourage, young people to read and study literature. A lot of teenagers will moan that Shakespeare is incomprehensible, or that Jane Eyre is boring, but teens tend to complain about everything. What they like and dislike could change at any random moment according to the shift of their hormones. Yet there are certain lessons that can stay for life. (Karen Tay)
Now some Brontëites and writers:

Deborah J. Lightfoot on Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews:
Some might describe my style as "Brontian." I admire Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights. My dark, dangerous leading man, Lord Verek, owes aspects of his personality to Heathcliff and Rochester. And in my heroine, gutsy Carin, readers may catch echoes of a famously strong female character: Jane Eyre. Writers are shaped by what we read.
Abigail Keam on Taryn Raye:
What book(s) most influenced you as a writer?
(...) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
ARD (Germany) and Culture Femme (France) talks about the current screening of Jane Eyre 2006 on ARTE:
Enfin, Arte diffusait une série britannique pour son prime-time. "Jane Eyre" a captivé 482.000 téléspectateurs, soit 2,5 % de part de marché. (Jeanmarcmorandini) (Translation)
The CinemaScope Cat  briefly reviews Les Soeurs Brontë; Esther's Narrative posts about Wide Sargasso Sea; grande_caps posts caps of the webseries The Autobiography of Jane Eyre; The Coffee Girl will enter into Entomology of a Bookworm's Septemb-Eyre Readalong; the Parsonage Facebook posts some pictures of Wednesday's Heaven is a Home drop in craft day; Ron Lit posts on YouTube an hilarious review of Charlotte Brontë's juvenilia novelette The Foundling.

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