Sunday, February 16, 2014

Obsessive love and ambiguous endings

The Guardian has talked to author KM Peyton. On the subject of what she read when growing up:

She says she was a late developer, "very backward, very immature", more interested in ponies and girl guiding than boyfriends or studying English. "I didn't read Dickens and all those things I'm supposed to have done. I have got around to Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre so I did grow up properly after the pony books. But I don't think Austen is for young girls. School put me off her in a big way." She still hasn't read Dickens. (Susanna Rustin)
The Age has novelist Kate Forster pick a few books that changed her. She doesn't pick any by the Brontës but...
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Cue a naive woman, a spooky family pile replete with a forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, and you have a modernish Jane Eyre. Everything about this gothic tale is perfect, from the surnameless Rebecca, to her glamorously named new husband, Maxim De Winter. I don't think I had read a book before that created such a foggy, mysterious atmosphere in both the weather and the slow unravelling of the tale.
The Mirror lists 'Seven of the most agonisingly ambiguous endings in literature', one of which is
4. Vilette [sic] by Charlotte Brontë
“Surely, surely she deserves a happy ending,” you think as you approach the end of this story. And the protagonist and narrator Lucy Snowe is happy for you to create one. But as for letting on whether it's correct, no such luck. Brontë herself described the ending as a “little puzzle.” Thanks a lot, Charlie! (Francesca Cookney)
The Fresno Bee recommends
"Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939" by Mark A. Vieira. Featuring 50 films from 1939, when the world prepared for war, this impressive book takes the reader to the most exciting period in film history by examining such beloved pieces of moviemaking art as "Wuthering Heights," "Stagecoach" and "The Wizard of Oz."
While The Montclair Times says about Wuthering Heights 1939,
Yet here, too, fantasy can come into play: just take in something like "Vertigo" or "Wuthering Heights" and feel grateful that you can visit obsessive love ... but not actually have to live through it. (Peter Gutiérrez
Graphic Design (visual communication) has created a set of covers for most of the Brontë novels. Ma Vie posts about Jane, le renard et moi. Liz Douce Folie uploads a drawing inspired by Jane Eyre 2011. And the Tumblr Alice Fucking Morgan shares a few gifs and pictures of Ruth Wilson's screen tests for Jane Eyre 2006.

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