Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016 7:47 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
Craven Herald reports that this year's Settle Stories festival (1st-3rd April) will include something connected to Charlotte Brontë.
Meanwhile Settle Library will host stories on the inspiration behind Charlotte Brontë's novels and the adventures of Jack and the Beanstalk, as told by Gary Cordingley. (Lindsey Moore)
According to Bustle, Jane Eyre is the number one 'Inspiring Book To Read When You're Feeling Lonely And Need Some Cheering Up'.
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorite characters. Orphaned at a young age and forced into a cruel upbringing, Jane's lonely spirit doesn't break. Instead, she only gains strength. While on the search for a better life in a world that doesn't always offer it, Jane begins to learn who she is on her own, a monumental lesson everyone can benefit from. If you've been searching for a motivating character you can relate to, Jane Eyre is the woman for you. (Alex Weiss)
Stuff (New Zealand), however, mentions the negative influence of Jane Eyre on The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan.
I must confess, you have surprised me, Miss Riordan. I hardly know what to say. I fear that you have been led astray by Charlotte Brontë, and not in a good way.
Behold the evidence. Dare I suggest that in a sly move, you have purloined a governess, a crumbling old house, a handsome but reclusive widower, a relative stashed away in the attic… where, pray, have I heard this narrative before?
I fear the conflagration that burnt the Rochester house to a cinder is the only plot device you have not seen fit to boldly appropriate.
Well, Miss Riordan, if Helen Fielding can take Pride and Prejudice and turn its sober and sensible heroine Elizabeth Bennet into that flibbertigibbet of a girl Bridget Jones, I suspect you thought you were entitled to take the pale and nervous Jane of Bronte's classic and turn her into the understated (but for all that, they say, surprisingly attractive) red-haired orphan Grace.
And perchance you may have succeeded. But no, for there the similarities with one of the great works of English literature cease.
For there is not one governess. No, dear reader, there are two. One lived at the house in its heyday and one is her granddaughter. One is called Harriet and the other is called Grace and be damned if I could remember which of the two servants we were reading about at any given time.
In both eras, the master of the house develops an inordinate fondness for the governess who has fallen on hard times; Harriet, or Grace, as the chapter may be.
There are enough freakish sons confined to their rooms, dastardly brothers trying to seduce our heroine(s) and upstairs/downstairs action (oh, my word) to satisfy (sic) any Brontë fan.
'Tis a well enough written tale, but I fear it has been done better before. In fact, 169 years before. (Brenda Ward)
Papel en blanco (Spain) interviews writers Merche Murillo and Fátima Embark who both write under the pseudonym of Wendy Davies.
¿Cuáles son vuestros autores favoritos? ¿Quién os inspira a coger la pluma? Más que autores favoritos, tenemos libros favoritos. Somos dos inconformistas en busca de esas historias que nadie ha escrito y siempre hemos pensado que los libros que leemos son, en gran parte, la suma de lo que escribimos. No un libro, no un autor, sino todo el conjunto. Es la pasión de Jane Eyre . . . (Sarah Manzano) (Translation
The Telegraph mourns the death of actress Patty Duke, who once
was a young Cathy to Richard Burton’s Heathcliff in a television production of Wuthering Heights.
Fragments of Life interviews Christy Lenzi, author of the new YA Wuthering Heights retelling, Stone Field. Muse recommends Lyndsay Faye's Jane Steele. Literary Portal talks about the original Jane Eyre. RNE-Radio3 (Spain) broadcasts a Charlotte Brontë programme:
Hoy Empieza Todo con Marta Echevarría
Charlotte Brontë
Nos anticipamos al segundo centenario del nacimiento de la novelista británica Charlotte Brontë. Una ocasión elegida por Jorge Barriuso para celebrar el talento, el valor y la influencia de la autora de Jane Eyre, y también de sus hermanas Emily y Anne Brontë.

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