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Samantha Ellis can pinpoint the exact moment when the idea for her literary memoir How To Be a Heroine came into her head.The New Indian Express has interviewed young writer Nirmita Sarma, whose pen name is Cyril Cliffette.
She was on a visit to Brontë country with her friend, Emma. Ellis's favourite Brontë character had always been Cathy Earnshaw in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights: "I was genuinely surprised and shocked that Emma was championing [Charlotte Brontë's] Jane Eyre. She said Cathy was 'silly'. That started me off re-reading Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and lots of other books, too."
The journey that started on a hill in Yorkshire eventually led to How To Be a Heroine, a re-evaluation of Ellis's fictional female role models, from The Little Mermaid through Anne of Green Gables to Elizabeth Bennett "and, of course, Jane Eyre." Each chapter deals with a different character and tells how she has influenced Ellis's life. [...]
And Jane Eyre? Ellis remembered her as dull but on re-reading the novel she found herself agreeing with her friend's assessment. "Now I see that she is independent, she knows her own mind, she lives according to her conscience and she is not scared of being clever in front of men. She's definitely ahead of her time." (Simon Round)
Why do you choose to have a pen name? (Cyril Cliffette)The Independent (Ireland) uses the new novel by Natalie Young to discuss the so-called 'chick noir' genre:
It has always been my wish to write since the time I was a child, and the first book I ever read in the abridged as well as the unabridged versions was Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Brontë under her pen name, Currer Bell. It had the androgynous feel to it. As during her time society was oppressive towards women, she had to take up a mysterious pen name to reach out to the masses. In my case, it is not so.
This book is from the point of view of a feminine protagonist, but most of my other books are from a masculine point of view. Having a pen name lets me write outside the boundaries my name sets for me in society. (Debasree Purkayastha)
"I think there's always been a tradition of psychological suspense emerging from the domestic sphere -- from the secrets concealed in marriages and relationships," says literary agent Will Francis of Janklow & Nesbit, who represents Natalie Young. "It's not a new thing: Patricia Highsmith, Daphne Du Maurier, Charlotte Brontë if you go back far enough." (Jon Stock)Yle (Finland) wonders why readers enjoy reading about their fictional counterparts. One of the novels mentioned is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer where the Brontës are referenced many, many times.
Neither folks were “classy” during a hard fought game. Sometimes some incivilities come out. That is why we have referees — to prevent things from getting out of control. But, let’s be honest, internet folks — this isn’t a Jane Eyre novel. This is football with the hitting and the blood and the tackling. Sometimes, mean things are said. (Brian Reddoch)Los archivos del Valhalla writes in Spanish about Jane Eyre while Borderline and Acqua e limone post, respectively and both in Italian, about Jane Eyre 2011 and 2006. Also in Italian, Antonella Iuliano reviews Villette. The Brontë Parsonage Facebook page shows a picture of the old Haworth church, the ones the Brontës knew.