Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 11:17 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
According to Screen Daily,
eOne [...] is also developing an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Villette with Room author and screenwriter Emma Donoghue. (Manori Ravindran)
It's a 5 x 60mins TV Drama Mini-Series, according to one of the co-producers, Adorable Media.

Wouldn't that be great?

The West Georgian features a recent local event:
Novelist Patricia Parks read from her debut novel Re Jane last week in Kathy Cashen auditorium in the Humanities building at UWG. The novel is a retelling of the classic novel Jane Eyre, retold from the point of view of a Korean-American girl named Jane Re. The reading was a good opportunity for students to not only hear from a professional, but to also learn about her creative process as well.
        “The novel took me about seven years to write,” said Parks. “Jane Eyre is such an upset from these conventionally beautiful heroines. She is scrappy and she is an underdog. You can’t help but root for her. She was a character that really stuck with me, and as it developed from a prose poem into a novel, I couldn’t help but wonder how she would fit into the modern world that I knew.” [...]
Her next project features a character in her novel.
        “He’s a secret favorite character of mine,” said Parks. “All he’s doing in Re Jane is wiping some WD-40 on a door in the same store Jane works at, but my next novel is all about him. The character’s name is Juan Kim and he’s part of this community of Koreans in Buenos Aires, Argentina who falls in love with jazz piano. It’s all set in the backdrop of the time of the ‘Dirty War’ in Argentina and eventually moves to New York. I’m fascinated by these groups of minorities within minorities, so that’s been an interesting project to research and write.”
         The reading saw a turnout of about 40 students who all engaged heavily in asking Parks questions after her reading about her process of writing this novel. [...]
 Parks originally came up with the idea of a retelling of Jane Eyre when she used a writing exercise to lean on a classic. After writing scenes of her novel multiple times, using the story as an opportunity for a retelling was a success.
        “No one teaches you how to write a novel,” said Parks. “Everyone writes differently. I thought as an exercise to lean on a classic, and that was Jane Eyre. I just never removed that scaffolding of the original text.”
        A reception at Underground Books on the square followed the reading, allowing students even more valuable time with the author. Refreshments at the reception and students were happy and grateful that Parks was able to come share her work and her insight with them. (Kristian Flinn)
The New York Times' By the Book features author and illustrator Brian Selznick.
How do you like to read? Paper or electronic? One book at a time or several simultaneously? Morning or night? I usually read books that are actually in the form of books, with paper, covers and binding. I like the weight of the book in my hands and I prefer the experience of actually turning pages. I like the smell of books as well. I usually have two books that I am reading simultaneously. One is normally a paperback that fits into the back of my pants and is easy to travel with when I’m heading out. The other is often a hardcover and it stays at home waiting for me by my bed. That said, I do love audiobooks. I listen to audiobooks while I’m drawing. For example, I’ve listened to books by St. Augustine, Oliver Sacks, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Patti Smith and Carrie Fisher.
El País (Spain) interviews writer Alejandro Palomas about his stay in Tromsø  (Norway).
¿Cuáles son los colores del Ártico? Aparte de los colores brillantes de las casas, el resto del paisaje y también el cielo es muy hermanas Brontë: todo grisáceo, azulado. Solo había una especie de tundra, nada de árboles altos. Para mí era una combinación perfecta: ballenas y el universo de las hermanas Brontë en un mismo lugar. (Mercedes Cebrián) (Translation)
Más de arte (Spain) lists several books which, if you read before you're 15, will turn you into an adult who reads. One of these magical books is Jane Eyre.
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
No lo decimos (solo) porque podamos entenderla como una novela tan decimonónica como feminista, sino por el talento de Brontë a la hora de novelar, probablemente, su propia vida tras quedar en la infancia huérfana de madre, y de adoptar, no solo miradas, sino formas de contar de una enorme modernidad hablando de la educación en la infancia y del amor. (Translation)
The Guardian discusses pregnancy in literature:
It is taken for granted that birth is attendant on marriage, and so stories stop at the altar. Nothing interesting can come of us afterwards, unless it is as a coda to another’s story: Jane Eyre persists so far as the birth of her first son, only so we might be reassured by the detail that Edward Rochester’s eyesight has returned. (Jessie Greengrass)
Emily Brontë's treatment of Cathy's pregnancy in Wuthering Heights would have added to the article.

Last December, The New York Times also challenged teenagers 'to connect something you’re studying in school with the world today' and so
Certain issues in the news also appeared in all kinds of contexts. The #MeToo movement reminded students of literature like “Jane Eyre” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but one student also thought Newton’s first two laws of motion applied, while another saw an analogy to the rock cycle in geology. [...]
Honorable Mentions [...]
Laura Liao, 14, West Windsor Plainsboro High School North: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë and “At the Golden Globes, Stars and Their Activist Guests Talk About Why They Fight (Katherine Schulten)
Antiques Trade Gazette comments on the export bar issued by the British government of a watercolour by John Martin and recalls the fact that,
Martin’s mezzotints of Biblical subjects, such as The Destruction of Pharaoh’s Host published in 1833, were hugely popular and influential with admirers including Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters. (Laura Chesters)
The Guardian reviews the new TV show Young Sheldon.
Yes, it is a prequel – like Better Call Saul or The Wide Sargasso Sea, although you might argue that it is born of less pedigree stock. (Sam Wollaston)
Nerdist would like to see Andrea Arnold direct Batgirl.
We adore Arnold’s singular vision, and she already has one of our favorite literary adaptations under her belt with her brutalist version Wuthering Heights. (Rosie Knight)
Literary Leisha posts about Jane Eyre.

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