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MONDAY 23 DEC:Apparently yesterday's article on romance novels in the International Business Times has proved to be quite controversial. So much so that its author has felt the need for an addendum.
Jane Eyre - 8.30pm, BBC2
Mia Wasikowska's career hit another high with her pale and interesting take on Charlotte Brontë's classic heroine. Add Michael Fassbender to the mix as the demonised but lusty Mr Rochester, and there's not much can go wrong with this.
Moreover, a great many of my all-time favorite novels and plays – including 'Wuthering Heights, 'Jane Eyre,' 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Streetcar Named Desire' – could all be described as part of the 'romance' genre since they are centered around a love story (although they tended not to have happy endings). (Palash Ghosh)WA Today discusses birth control:
Flower power expected that women could, would and wanted to make love with everyone, all the time. Like men. But in truth, although some women wanted this, most did not. Social pressure not to be ''square'' was intense, but you couldn't talk about it. Social pressure had been specifically jettisoned, so how could it even exist?The Christian Science Monitor reviews Havisham by Ronald Frame and refers to similar takes on classic novels:
This sounds absurd. It sounds like Tess of the d'Urbervilles or Jane Eyre - until you realise the situation now is astonishingly similar. (Elizabeth Farrelly)
From Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” to Jean Rhys’s “Wide Sargasso Sea,” literature offers a number of examples of authors who have taken minor characters from great works of literature and given them their own lasting settings. (Yvonne Zipp)2013 sees the 75th anniversary of the publication of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca and, as Galleycat reports,
Little, Brown and Company is publishing 27 of the author’s titles digitally for the first time.The American Reader quotes from a letter from Charlotte Brontë to Ellen Nussey, written on the 18th December 1852. Still Striving For that Elusive Halo writes about Emily Brontë and quotes from No Coward Soul is Mine.
The new eBooks include the titles: My Cousin Rachel, The King’s General, The Birds and Other Stories, Frenchman’s Creek, The Scapegoat, The Loving Spirit, Hungry Hill, Jamaica Inn, The Parasites, The Glass-Blowers, Golden Lads: Sir Francis Bacon, Anthony Bacon, and Their Friends, Don’t Look Now and Other Stories, Gerald: A Portrait, The House on the Strand, The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë, Myself When Young, The du Mauriers, The Flight of the Falcon, The Breaking Point, I’ll Never Be Young Again, The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall, Mary Anne, Julius, Rule Britannia, Castle Dor, The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories.
“We are delighted that the publication of Daphne du Maurier’s novels, stories, memoirs, and biographies in e-book for the first time will allow a new generation of readers to discover and enjoy these timeless works,” stated Terry Adams, Digital and Paperback Publisher of Little, Brown and Company. (Dianna Dilworth)