Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 2:48 pm by M. in , , , ,    No comments
The same thing happened with the Twilight saga is happening, albeit in a much lesser scale, with Anne Todd's After. Tech Insider informs:
"After," first published on digital reading platform Wattpad, traces a torrid romance between the fictional Tessa Young and a fantasy version of One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles. Harry and Tessa, or "Hessa" as they're known collectively, make several references to tales like Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights" in the book.
Here's an excerpt from "After," from a scene where Tessa peruses Harry's bookshelf for the first time.
"I scan through the titles and I am impressed by the owner of this collection, there are many classics including all of my favorites. I grab 'Wuthering Heights' and pull it off the shelf. It is in bad shape, the pages showing how many times it has been read."  (...)
Since Todd's work started gaining popularity, a Wattpad representative says they've seen reads of these stories increase on the platform. Thanks largely to Todd, "Pride and Prejudice" currently has over 3.5 million reads on Wattpad and "Wuthering Heights" has just over 1 million. Staggering numbers, when you consider this is a platform best known for fanfiction stories about Disney princesses and Justin Bieber.
It's not entirely surprising that Todd's fans find themselves enjoying "Pride and Prejudice" and "Wuthering Heights." While these stories might not feature members erotic scenes with members of a certain British boy-band, there's no lack of romance, a theme at the heart of "After."
"Without you, I wouldn't know any Jane Austen books. I would have never read how much Heathcliff loves Cathy," one of Todd's fans wrote to her in post on Wattpad. "These writers are as good as you are! Even better I guess." (Madison Malone Kircher)
The State Journal-Register publishes a video with
The cast of "Jane Eyre: The Musical," which is playing Aug. 20-22 at Theatre in the Park in New Salem, performed as part of the Artist on the Plaza series on the Old State Capitol Plaza on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015.
Cambridge News interviews Richard Rose, founder of the fanzine and record label R*E*P*E*A*T:
A book I read over and over again is . . . Wuthering Heights. Though I am never sure why. Perhaps it's the incredible passion, so meticulously organised, coming so unexpectedly from someone who was supposed to put up and shut up. Just like the bands we love. (Lydia Fallon)
The New York Times reviews A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin:
Did I mention that, in one story, a couple’s date involves going to a Greyhound bus station to watch “Midnight Cowboy” on personal TV sets into which they feed quarters? Did I mention the narrator who observes that “heroin” sounds nice because the word reminds her of Jane Eyre and Becky Sharp and Tess? (Dwight Garner)
The Herald interviews the stand-up comedian, actress and writer,  Tiff Stevenson:
Craziest on stage experience?
I've had a few, I crowd surfed off stage at Bestival. I also gave a weird non sexual lap dance to a 20 year old guy at Leeds festival. It was basically an interpretive dance to Wuthering Heights, including cartwheel at the end .
A Bustle list without mentioning the Brontës somehow? No way:
13 Books That Could Help You Find Yourself, Because Inspiration Is Lurking In The Pages (You Just Have To Know Where To Look)
How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
Are you a Cathy Earnshaw instead of an Anne of Green Gables? Are you Scarlett O'Hara when you should be Jane Eyre? Equal parts memoir and literary critique, Samantha Ellis studies the literary heroines that shaped her personality, and wonders how they would stack up today. How To Be a Heroine will inspire you to look at yourself through the lens of some of literature's greatest heroines. (Catherine Kovach)
ABC's Religion and Ethics talks about George Orwell's Nineteenth Eighty-Four:
The BBC-Ministry of Truth canteen is one of those literary settings that remain unforgettable, like Miss Havisham's House in Great Expectations (it's in Rochester in Kent) and the moor where Cathy and Heathcliff meet in Wuthering Heights (around Haworth in Yorkshire). (Dennis Glover)
Il Messaggero (Italy) reviews The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:
È un mondo di passioni, un po’ alla sorelle Brontë, ma l’incubo della ragazza sul treno è fatto di alienazione, di autostima ridotta al lumicino. Le sue “cime tempestose” sono ridotte a scenari di periferia, sottopassaggi, bevute furtive, fermate di stazioni. (Riccardo De Palo) (Translation)
Eurasia Hoy (Argentina) interviews the poet Valeria Iglesias:
¿Te detectás identificada con personajes de algún narrador? ¿En el mundo de qué novelista podrías tener cabida?… (Rolando Revagliatti)
VI — En general, resueno con aquellos narradores personajes (historias narradas en primera persona) que exponen su vulnerabilidad y que se construyen como un personaje fuerte a partir de asumir sus debilidades. Incluso, en ocasiones, se regodean con esa debilidad que es, la más de las veces, la imposibilidad de encajar en el mundo de los “normales”. Tal es el caso de la narradora de “El ancho mar de los Sargazos”, una novela de Jean Rhys que se trata, nada menos, que de la precuela a la novela “Jane Eyre” de Charlotte Brontë. (Translation)
Girls That Read posts about Jane Eyre.


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