Friday, June 05, 2015

Friday, June 05, 2015 8:01 am by Cristina in , , ,    No comments
Now that Christian Grey has told his side of the story too, The Star suggests other books that could do with the same treatment.
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights via Heathcliff
“Now Heathcliffe [sic] would return to Wuthering Heights, no longer a ward or servant of the manor, but a man risen in fortune. Let Catherine waste her affections on the puny Edgar Linton — Heathcliffe cared not! Nothing that God or Satan could inflict would make him yield to her! He had moved on. Good riddance to her. His heart was as cold as the stones on the moors.”
James Grainger, author of Harmless
Kate Bush's take on the novel is mentioned in an article on songs about he wilderness in The Guardian.
Moving into slightly less innocent youth, it was also no coincidence that my interest in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, with its frightening hand/branch tapping on the window and moorland passion of Catherine and Heathcliff, arrived at the same time discovering an early sexual awakening in the form of one Kate Bush. (Peter Kimpton)
Slate considers that Naomi Novik's book Uprooted 'expertly mixes Katniss Everdeen and Jane Eyre'.
Writing fantasy isn’t easy whichever definition of the term you’re using. And Novik easily delivers several modes of wish-fulfillment through narrative here: One chapter after Agnieszka is granted the full Harry Potter/Katniss Everdeen experience, leaving her mundane life behind for the extraordinary, she’s immediately delivered into a Belle/Jane Eyre situation as she’s forced to share a nearly inescapable tower with the remote but broodily alluring Dragon. Despite finding evidence that the Dragon treated her predecessors as benignly neglected servants, Agnieszka quickly discovers that Sarkan’s interest in her is different: She has the gift of magic, making it his duty to train her as a wizard. (Mac Rogers)
Indiewire lists the most romantic period movies, including Jane Eyre 2011:
If you like your 19th century romance darker than Jane Austen, try the 2011 film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's gothic romance novel, "Jane Eyre." Directed by a pre-"True Detective" Cary Fukunaga and adapted for the screen by Moira Buffini, the film follows a young governess (the eponymous Jane) who embarks on a romance with her new employer, Mr. Rochester, before discovering his dark and potentially relationship-ending secret. What sets Fukunaga's vision of the oft-adapted story apart is the balancing act he performs between romance and horror. He's assisted greatly by costume designer Michael O'Connor, who won the film its only Academy Award, and cinematographer Adriano Goldman. The film toes the line between genres perfectly, giving equal focus to the romance between Mia Wasikowska's Jane and Michael Fassbender's Mr. Rochester and the more gothic elements of the story, such as Rochester's mentally ill first wife. Judi Dench and Jamie Bell co star in the film, which can best be summed up by Jane's line to Rochester. "Everything seems unreal," she says. "You, sir, the most phantom-like of all."
The Detroit News' summer reading list includes
The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Ballantine Books, 2012). A Jane Eyre-ish account of mothers and daughters, love and the secret significance of flowers. (Marney Rich Keenan)
The Village Voice offers some background on writer Stephen Witt:
His father is a journalist, and his sister, Emily Witt, has a book about sex and technology forthcoming from FSG. ("We're like the Brontës," he says. "I'm Charlotte.") Witt had always harbored thoughts about writing himself. (Lara Zarum)
My Digital FC wonders about favourite characters while Patheos's Eidos thanks 'Brontë and Montgomery for [his] Love Life'. E! Online features a Twitter account that matches photos of Harry Styles to books, including Wuthering Heights. Mountain View Mirror posts about Jane Eyre.


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