Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:09 am by Cristina in ,    No comments
Writer Rebecca Kelley has penned an article on love stories for Bustle.
Is a love story ever just a love story, though? Take Jane Eyre. After growing up in an orphanage, she sets off to work as a governess at Thornfield, run by the grim and mysterious Mr. Rochester. With an unwavering spirit, she endures hardships and heartaches. Like most great romantic heroines, she faces almost all of her troubles alone. Romantic happiness eludes her until the final pages. If Jane Eyre is not a tale of “solitary self-discovery,” I don’t know what is. It’s difficult to think of a love story that isn’t about self-discovery, or that doesn’t touch on other, wider-reaching issues that say a lot about the culture the character lives in at the time.
I decided that Malcolm and Joanna did want to be more than FWB, but they didn’t want to admit it — to each other, or to themselves. Joanna saw her own parents’ marriage crumble, and she knows the statistics: half of marriages end in divorce. She knows she doesn’t want to lose Malcolm, and she knows how relationships work. Couples are happy for a while, commit to each other, maybe get married, and then they grow apart. They get divorced. Joanna won’t let that happen to her and Malcolm. But she still wants to sleep with him. Friends with benefits, she decides, is the obvious solution to all of these problems.
I don’t remember Elizabeth Bennet or Jane Eyre having quite the same dilemmas, but that’s why I think love stories are so important. Love stories — the ones in which love is the central theme, the main plot line — are capable of saying things about who we are, the way we live today. 
This columnist from Times Union is a fan of Jane Eyre:
3. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë. Like any other mean-spirited gossip with a taste for brilliant sentences, I enjoy the hell out of Austen, but Brontë has my heart. There aren’t many books you can love at 14 and again at 25 and again at 40, and each time anew, not out of nostalgia. (Holly Loth)
Jane Eyre is apparently one of the standard books used for 'bibliotherapy' in order to treat mild to moderatecases of depression, at least according to Body and Soul.

Librópatas (Spain) lists 7 reasons why you should read Jane Austen's Persuasion and the main character of the book, Anne Elliot, is described as similar to Jane Eyre in looking plain. And also in Spain, El Mundo describes the Queen's new look as Jane Eyre-looking too.
Pero mi gozo quedó en el proverbial pozo al ver las variaciones que hacía SM con su 'bob', sobre todo cuando se lo alisaba detrás de las orejas a lo Jane Eyre en su momento de mayor desesperación después de huir de Rochester. Peor aún, con la ayuda de lo que mi abuela llamaba un 'postiche' habían vuelto a fabricarse un nido de gorriones escandinavos a lo heroína de Strindberg. (Carlos García-Calvo) (Translation)
A new literary family in the Lancashire Evening Post.
Michael said: “There’s three of us that write in this house, and with my son’s degree in robotics and mechanics, it’s very likely that he’ll have to do some technical writing in the future.
“We’ve joked that we’re the Brontës of Penwortham!”
Booksblog (Italy) looks at writers' dogs, including the Brontës'. So Many Books, So  Little Time reviews Wuthering Heights.

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