Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012 9:02 am by Cristina in , , , ,    1 comment
El País (Spain) In English section mentions briefly that Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights opens today in Spain.
After making her name with Red Road and Fish Tank, two superb dramas of modern British life, director Andrea Arnold takes on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights with unknowns Kaya Scodelario as Cathy and — the first black actor to play the role — James Howson as Heathcliff. (Nick Funnell)
Kaya Scodelario was not an unknown, though.

CNN reviews, and quotes from, E L James's Fifty Shades of Grey (calling it 'mommy porn').
When "Fifty Shades" begins, the heroine's favorite pastime is to curl up with a good book, not a whip. After the hero asks her to sign a contract defining her role as his submissive, she tells the reader, "[Austen's] Elizabeth Bennet would be outraged, [Brontë's] Jane Eyre too frightened and [Hardy's] Tess would succumb, just as I have."
Insistent references like this remind us that "Fifty Shades" is recycling the classic novel plot about a vulnerable young woman and a brooding older man. The hero has the lion's share of socioeconomic power; the heroine has only her magnetic strength and intelligence. (April Alliston and Susan Celia Greenfield)
The New York Daily News Pageviews discusses 'how we are raising a generation of illiterates':
Not only that, but some openly celebrate the demise of serious literature. “I don’t like Shakespeare,” writes novelist Dan Gutman in the report’s [What Kids Are Reading] confounding foreword, confessing to never having finished “Madame Bovary,” “Don Quixote,” “Wuthering Heights” and “Ulysses.” With the ease of a supermarket shopper choosing between detergents, he calls “The Great Gatsby” dull. (Alexander Nazaryan)
The York Press and the Yorkshire Post report that,
It was also confirmed that this year’s Chelsea Flower Show would play host to a Brontës’ Yorkshire Garden. (Mark Casci)
The Chelsea Flower Show takes place from May 22nd to May 26th and the Brontës' Yorkshire Garden should be interesting to see, given the lack of green fingers the Brontë girls had.

A group of deaf students from Indianapolis are giving a presentation on Wuthering Heights, as mentioned by StateImpact. Andrea Arnold's adaptation is reviewed in Spanish by Zinema. My 5 Monkeys and For What It's Worth post about Jane Eyre. The Punk Writes mentions a novella in progress' called Jane Eyre is not Dead, explaining the title. Reading for Pleasure reviews Eve Marie Mont's A Breath of Eyre.

1 comment:

  1. The Chelsea garden is based on the landscape that inspired the Bronte family - and hopefully it will help to spread the word about the beauty of Yorkshire.

    I had heard that gardening wasn't their strong point, but the landscape and wild plants were referred to many times in their work.