Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Yorkshire Post describes the evolution of Marsden Moor in recent years:
For many who grow up in the shadow of the Yorkshire moors, the wild windswept landscape quickly becomes part of the genes.
To the north, the Brontë sisters gave readers around the world a taste of the wilderness in the Pennines and brought the upland countryside alive. To the south, ramblers claimed the high ground as their own with a Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout, paving the way for Britain’s first national park rooted in the Derbyshire Peak.
Bustle talks about a possible female-centric reboot of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë's titular heroine is one of the strongest women in Western literature. By the end of her bildungsroman, Jane has forgotten more about adversity than you will ever know — and has held her own in the face of misogynistic, 19th century men. (Maitri Mehta)
Flavorwire is also excited about the idea:
Will we see Anna Karenina kicking some alien ass? Lizzie Bennet manning an fighter plane? A gas-mask wearing Jane Eyre stealthily stealing a bomb from London Bridge? The possibilities are endless. (Steve Duffy)
Popmatters explains quite clearly why there are so few classics (and good movies in general) on Netflix:
Part of the reason why Charlotte Brontë and Walt Whitman remain canonical is because their work has been universally available in libraries in the English-speaking world for more than a century. Today, thanks to digital technology and the fact that 19th-century books are all now in the public domain, their works are more accessible than ever in cyberspace. If it’s just as important for an educated person to know Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles as it is to know Brontë and Whitman, we should find the will to make copyright law sane again. (Rachel Paige King)
The Age tries to understant why there is still today a gender bias in authors:
If we have broken down the barriers for female authors why does hiding their gender seem to help their success? We've come a long way since Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë felt it necessary to send their manuscripts to publishers under the names Currer​, Ellis and Acton Bell, or since Mary Ann Evans felt it necessary to publish as George Eliot. (Jane Caro)
Contra Costa Times reviews the local performances of The Mystery of Irma Vep:
To be sure, devilish word play is one of the delights in this penny dreadful, which cribs from everything from Brontë to Hitchcock. (Karen D'Souza)
Stephanie Kesheda in The Huffington Post on how it is to be a millennial in today's USA:
I think about Charlotte Brontë, siphoning countless writing hours into household tasks and ponder the role of today's modern woman in the contemporary world. I attempt to calculate the amount of hours I've wasted doing subsistence work, completely unrelated to my writing, but I backtrack and try to tell myself that you learn something from everything, be it a co-worker's inflection, a customer's routine, the capacity some people have to smile, always.
An alert for today, August 18, from Las Cruces (New Mexico):
Boba Book Club: 6 p.m. today at Boba Café, 1900 S. Espina St. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. (optional) followed by book discussion at 6 p.m. A different theme every month. This month's book is a classic, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë. This club is for ladies of all ages. Info: 575-202-2288 or Gail.delong@yahoo.com. (Via Las Cruces Sun News)
Critictoo (France) follows the career of Ruth Wilson:
En 2006, BBC One délivre une nouvelle adaptation de Jane Eyre qui va s’imposer comme l’un des meilleurs portages à l’écran du classique de Charlotte Brontë. Ruth Wilson se fait alors remarquer dans la peau de l’héroïne orpheline qui va finir au service de Mr. Rochester (Toby Stephens). Pour sa prestation, elle est nommée aux Baftas, Broadcasting Press Guild, Satellite Awards et aux Golden Globes. (Carole) (Translation)
A new Tasmanian and Brontëite on ABC Hobart; the author Christina Dodd confesses she really loves Jane Eyre; Absolutely Gothic continues posting about Wuthering Heights: Who Decides What is Moral? Accidento Bizarro reviews the The Silent Wild exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. And Julia Ogden also posts about her experience at the recent drop-in art workshop at the Parsonage.


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