Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014 9:47 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
A Las Cruces Sun-News columnist begins an article on Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon by discussing briefly the costume drama genre in general.
The costume drama (or period drama), is a genre of film that uses elaborate costumes, props and sets to convey a particular time period; technically speaking, films set in the '70s or '50s are costume dramas. The most common types of costume dramas are historical ones, films such as "Pride and Prejudice", "Jane Eyre" and "Sense and Sensibility." While there are exceptions, most costume dramas are particularly long, characterized by deliberate and steady editing, and orchestral scores. Some costume dramas are ornate and embellished ("Anna Karenina"), and others are stripped down and spare (Fukunaga's "Jane Eyre"). (Sheridan O'Donnell)
On the other hand, this columnist from the Pensacola Book Review Examiner is not a fan of the genre at all, at least not on paper.
When Joanne Tropello asked me to review “Mr. Shipley’s Governess”, I thought I was agreeing to review a contemporary romance novel. That’s what the blurb said it was, anyway. But after reading four chapters, I realized that what I had in my Kindle was the equivalent to Bronte or Jane Austin. Her writing style has a historic flavor to it. [...]
I just can’t get into historical novels, no matter how many authors I’ve tried. I read four chapters of this book before I gave up. That was about how far I got with Brontë and Jane Austin, too. (Paula Hrbacek)
You only need to read as far as the cover to see that it's spelled Austen, though.

But then again, perhaps misspelling the name of an author is better than to ignore her completely. From The Daily Reveille:
After all, books like “Wuthering Heights” have for centuries been published without true knowledge of who the author is. (Eli Haddow)
Some people (even if they apparently are 'a 21-year-old English and history junior from New Orleans') really can't resist a conspiracy theory, however old-fashioned and tenuous, can they?

The new owners of the Brontë birthplace show on their Facebook page how the place used to look when it was owned by Barbara Whitehead. While the Brontë Parsonage Museum Facebook page shows both a glorious day in Haworth (yesterday) and Charlotte Brontë's handmade tea caddy. Devoted Mommy of 3 posts about Baby Lit's Wuthering Heights. A Weather Primer.

Finally, on the Franklin Sfaxcenter (Tunis, Tunisia) Facebook Wall we realize, once again, how universal Jane Eyre still is:
Yesterday, we mixed the Conversation Hour with the Literature Club. Indeed, we had a very nice presentation on Jane Eyre by Ms. Hela Zouari. It was a great opportunity for literature students to interact on a novel that they study and it was an enjoyable discovery for the rest of the audience.


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