Review - Villette at the West Yorkshire Playhouse - *Review by Richard Wilcocks* Charlotte Brontë’s *Villette*, which was recognised by knowledgeable readers in nineteenth century Brussels as a close parallel...
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Meanwhile a host of Brontë fans took the opportunity to visit the Parsonage Museum in Haworth after-hours as part of the annual national festival. [...]The Telegraph lists literary hashtags, including one for Jane Eyre:
Literature fans were able to experience the Brontë Parsonage as the famous siblings did, when the building was lit by candlelight.
The Brontë Society’s museum opened for separate events on two evenings as this year’s contribution to Museums at Night.
On the first night visitors were treated to a glass of wine as they arrived, then they viewed some of the museum’s treasures by candlelight.
Collections manager Ann Dinsdale invited visitors into the library, where she talked about some of the interesting items and artefacts belonging to the Brontë family.
On the following night visitors were able to have a chat with Charlotte Brontë’s friend Ellen Nussey, played by a costumed actress, while looking around the museum.
Among the visitors were the Routh family, Francesca, James, Angela and Michael, from Pudsey, who had travelled to Haworth specifically for the event.
James said: “It’s the first time I’ve visited for many years, but it’s been a fantastic evening.
“Seeing the museum like this is a unique and atmospheric experience, and the live interpretation brought it all the more to life.”
Rebecca Yorke, marketing and communications officer at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, was delighted with the response to the evening openings.
She said: “It felt very special being in the museum as darkness fell and the candlelight definitely added to the atmosphere.
“Our visitors agreed it was a very intimate event and we look forward to offering more opportunities to experience the museum after hours.”(David Knights)
Could the hashtag be interrupting lines of prose in new publications? Only time will tell. Until then, we've re-imagined famous lines from the literary canon as tweets, complete, of course, with appropriate hashtags. (Charlotte Runcie and Alice Vincent)
Scotland's The National lists Wuthering Heights 2009 among the things to watch on TV this week.
Wuthering Heights, ITV Encore, 9pmThis adaptation is also mentioned on Hollywood.com's list of 'The Fourteen Sexiest Ghosts Ever'.
Surely every period novel has been made into several costume dramas and Hollywood films, and we all know what the essential ingredients are: bonnets, blushes and gentlemen. Wuthering Heights contains none of those, being a harsh and brutal story. It’s set in the eighteenth century, and so it’s officially a “period drama” but that’s where the similarities end; there is no mistaking this for soppy Jane Austen nonsense.
Emily Bronte’s novel contains violence, rape and domestic abuse, and no-one is pretty or polite. In fact, those who may display genteel behaviours are soon shown to be weak and ridiculous, because you need harshness in your blood to survive on the moors.
This 2009 TV dramatisation stars Tom Hardy as the vengeful Heathcliff and Charlotte Riley as impetuous Cathy, and the two lovers bring havoc, misery and death to all and sundry unfortunate enough to be around them. Andrew Lincoln plays Edgar, Cathy’s soft husband, who has no idea what he is getting involved in when he asks her to marry him.
I say that it’s the greatest novel ever written and this version is a good attempt at capturing it on camera. (Julie McDowall)
We'll Wuther Your Heights Any Day... Whatever That MeansNewsOK mentions the 2011 adaptation:
Charlotte Riley stunned as Catherine in the 2009 version of Wuthering Heights. Although Catherine haunts her former lover, Heathcliff, in his dreams, all we could really pay attention to is just how gorgeous Riley is in the modern Emily Brontë adaption. (Cori Rosen)
Although I didn't initially fall in love with it, Arnold's 2011 version of “Wuthering Heights” has haunted me in the past few years, so I'm eager to see what she has in mind for her partially Oklahoma-made film. (Brandy McDonnell)And this is how The Fresno Bee describes the latest film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd:
The formula: Begin a slow walk through “Wuthering Heights.” Takes some hasty steps through “The Great Gatsby.” Finish your trek with a bit of “Sense and Sensibility.”The London Evening Standard features singer Florence Welch:
A couple of times she breaks into song — once to demonstrate Etta James’ ‘Something’s Got a Hold on Me’, her voice swooping sweetly, which she belted out to hook her manager Mairead Nash in the ladies loo at a gig. Another time, we sing Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ — ‘So coh — oh-oh-ld, let me into your window...’ together. Yes, she did get to see the singer to whom she is often compared and describes the performance as ‘very out there. Very performance art and amazing.’ (Ginny Dougary)Bustle reveals who 10 literary characters would become if they were superheroes. Apparently, Jane Eyre would be Kitty Pryde.
Jane Eyre is so subtly strong. Her strength isn’t like the brashness of a Jo March, but it’s definitely there. She manages to tough it out through an abusive childhood home, an equally miserable orphanage , and finally through the heartbreak with Mr. Rochester. In each situation, she breaks through the circumstance and emerges in a better and better situation… all without breaking much of anything actually. So, who’s a better comparison than Kitty Pryde who can phase through walls and barriers? Also, you can’t tell me that the brutish powers of Kitty’s romantic interest Colossus isn’t a kind of perfect match for Mr. Rochester’s brazen manner. (Crystal Paul)Fashion label Suno finds its inspiration in literature, according to San Francisco Gate.
Their culturally literate collections (spring 2015 was inspired by artists Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois; fall by Bertha Mason, the imprisoned first wife of Mr. Rochester in “Jane Eyre”) are less interested in insta-trends and more focused on creating seasonless, occasionless options for its fans, including first lady Michelle Obama. (Tony Bravo)The walk of the week suggested by the Craven Herald and Pioneer has Brontë connections:
Good views, gritstone outcrops, Brontë moorland, patchwork fields, wooded valleys and a hidden waterfall feature on this energetic circular walk.The Telegraph shows some classic novels being tweeted with hashtags. The Brontë Parsonage Facebook page shows experts from the Quilters' Guild exaining a quilt made by the Brontë sisters.
This week's walk starts at the Wycoller Country Park Haworth Road car park at Height Laithe, which is approached from Laneshaw Bridge, on the Lancashire and Yorkshire border not far from the historic market town of Colne. [...]
The ruined Wycoller Hall is believed to have been the inspiration for Ferndean Manor, in Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre.
Wycoller is on the Brontë Way, which stretches from Lancashire into Yorkshire. (Lindsey Moore)