Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015 6:22 pm by M. in , , ,    No comments
The Yorkshire Evening Post on polls, romance and books:
If you can’t find romance, it seems that losing yourself in the pages of a book is the next best thing.
A poll by libarary readers to mark Valentine’s Day revealed some quite predictable results.
Usually Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice tops every poll, but on this occasion Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre joined him as a joint and worthy winner. And not a Christian Grey in sight.
In a nationwide poll, Mr Darcy again came top, but with surprising contenders in the list. In second place came Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables and my teenage self would not have argued with that. (...)
One of my own special favourites has to be Heathcliff from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and I’ve rarely been disappointed by any portrayal of him, forgetting the time Cliff Richard played him. The stage show Heathcliff in 1996 was well received by legions of devoted Cliff fans and broke all box office records, even though one critic did describe it as Living Dull.  (Monica Dyson)
According to Randor Guy in The Hindu:
Shanthi Nilayam [சாந்தி நிலையம்] was produced and directed by G.S. Mani, S.S. Vasan’s son-in-law. The script, screenplay and dialogue were by ‘Chitralaya’ Gopu.
Though it is believed that this movie is an adaptation of the mega hit The Sound of Music (1965), it is actually an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre, with some elements of the movie thrown in.
Girl Power at the Net News Ledger:
In Thunder Bay, on a more down to earth level, the Regional Multicultural Youth Council offer “Girl Power” for teenage women – a program that empowers those young people toward making better and stronger choices for themselves.
Rebecca Borah, a University of Cincinnati associate professor of English and comparative literature, will present examples from two popular TV programs, at the 46th annual conference of the College English Association, which takes place March 26-28, in Indianapolis. (...)
Borah adds that outside the superhero genre, there have long been strong heroines in fiction who have embraced both passion and integrity, such as writer Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, or Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” character, Elizabeth Bennett. (James Murray)
McLeods talks about the new webseries The March Family Letters and remembers other classics turned contemporary vlogs (mainly made in Canada):
Virtually anybody with an Internet connection, a camera and a person willing to sit in front of it can become a big player. That has led to a flowering of distinctly Canadian literary content. In The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic, a shy twentysomething vlogs about her adventures as a live-in nanny; the streets of Vancouver stand in for the misty English moor. (Genna Buck)
Joanne Harris talks about new and quite stupid censorhip artifacts, like Clean Reader in The Independent:
The world still reels from the impact of Shakespeare; the Brontës; Nabokov; Joyce – words written by people long dead, but whose voices ring true, even today.
The Sentinel interviews the erotica writer Mollie Blake:
While Mollie is widely read – she cites Pride And Prejudice and Jane Eyre as two of her favourites – when it came to putting pen to paper herself, she felt it was erotica to which she was best suited. (woodhouse67)
GraphoMania (Italy) lists impossible love stories:
Amore struggente, rancore, umiliazione e vendetta sono gli ingredienti principali del bellissimo Cime Tempestose (Emily Brontë, 1847), un libro che attraverso la vicenda tormentata di Heatcliff e Catherine insegna quanto le passioni travolgenti possano essere distruttive. «Io gli ho dato il mio cuore, e lui lo ha preso e lo ha stretto crudelmente fino a ucciderlo» (Eleanora Cocola) (Translation)
El Mundo de Córdoba (México) quotes Emily Brontë as the writer of Jane Eyre (!);  Mediapart (France) recommends visiting Yorkshire;  Journal of a Bookworm reviews Wuthering Heights.

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