Friday, December 25, 2020

Friday, December 25, 2020 1:04 pm by M. in , , , , , , ,    No comments
Buzzfeed asks you to be honest in this poll:
Everyone Lies About Reading These 20 Books — How Many Have You Actually Read? (...)
Have you truly, genuinely read the Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë? 
No - 67% 46.7K votes
Yes - 33% 22.6K votes (Angelica Martinez)
Time Magazine and The Great Gatsby entering public domain next year:
When the copyright for Fitzgerald’s classic novel of greed, desire and betrayal expires, anyone will be able to publish the book and adapt it without permission from his literary estate, which has controlled the text for the 80 years since his death. That freedom could yield works that add to Gatsby’s legacy—see what Wide Sargasso Sea did for Jane Eyre—or it could open the door to editions that change the text for the worse. (Annabel Gutterman)
Favourite winter walks in The Times
Stanage Edge, Derbyshire
How hard is it? 7½ miles; moderate; field paths, steep ascent to Stanage Edge, rocky rim walk
Visit Little John’s giant grave in St Michael’s churchyard, then walk north to North Lees Hall, which Charlotte Brontë used it as the setting for Thornfield in Jane Eyre. (Christopher Somerville)
Open Democracy talks about the usually terrible fate of tortured protagonists:
It was there from the outset, of course, the Spanish hellfire reserved for Tirso de Molina’s Don Juan, and immortalised in the title of Mozart’s opera, Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, though the effect is somewhat undermined after so much glorious music by the vindictive little closing fugue that restores order though not much else to nearly everyone who survives; there too, in [the Earl of ]Rochester’s deathbed renunciation of libertinism and conversion to Anglican Christianity turned into a hugely popular pamphlet of the time by his mother and her chaplain, Gilbert Burnet. Nor does it end there. Fast forward to the ruin that Charlotte Brontë was willing to inflict on her Rochester, Emily on her Heathcliff, or the thrashing to within an inch of his life that Eugene Wrayburn undergoes for Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend, the terrible remorse of a stricken Eugene Onegin, or de Winter of the soul endured by the aristocratic hero (and adoring heroine) of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. (Rosemary Bechler)
Film School Rejects explores the filmography of Ruth Wilson. On Jane Eyre 2006:
To say that the disparities between Suburban Shootout and the 2006 serial adaptation of the famed Charlotte Brontë novel are stark would be a severe understatement. Jane Eyre, produced as four hour-long episodes on the BBC, is one of the most accessible takes on the Victorian classic purely because of Wilson’s emphatic performance as the title character.
Here, we follow the tragic life of the eponymous orphan Jane. As a child, she first suffers intense abuse from her adoptive family before being sent to train as a governess at the equally harsh Lowood Hall. Years later, the intelligent and quietly spirited Jane finds employment at the enigmatic Thornton Hall, a post which forces her to confront ghosts of the past.
The miniseries leans into the horror-tinged elements of Brontë’s book, and there is hardly anyone more capable of embodying multifaceted hauntedness than Wilson. Jane’s characteristic plainness impeccably translates through the actress’s quiet reserve. Her impression of the quintessential outcast heroine is unassuming and wholly natural without lacking in charisma and quirk.
Furthermore, Wilson showcases perfect chemistry with the series’ iteration of Edward Rochester (Toby Stephens). Given that Jane Eyre frequently oscillates between more static, languid conversational scenes and depictions of intense emotional turmoil, she does so by making such dramatic differences go virtually unnoticed. Wilson expresses such sound inner resolve while contending with her character’s fragility as she struggles with the concept of love in all of its forms. The audience has no choice but to feel every palpable shift in Jane’s evolving persona. (Sheryl Oh)
iNews on Bridgerton:
 “When I think about this period I think of Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, Mary Shelley – the time was all about women stepping forward into literature and taking up space that hadn’t been afforded before,” says [Regé-Jean] Page.
Pajiba lists the best books of 2020: 
Mexican Gothic did exactly what it said on the tin by creating a lush gothic melodrama with heavy notes of Crimson Peak and the sisters Brontë. (Kayleigh Donaldson and Dustin Rowles)
De Groene Amsterdammer (Netherlands) recommends the latest episode of Boeken FM Kerstspecial, devoted to the Brontës:
Te gast is niemand minder dan schrijver en journalist Marja Pruis. Joost, Ellen en Marja praten over misschien wel de bekendste zussen uit de literatuurgeschiedenis, de gezusters Brontë. Ellen weidt uit over haar favoriete werk - Wuthering Heights van Emily en Marja praat over Charlottes Jane Eyre
El Imparcial (México) and the importance of the novel genre:
Por ejemplo, si se quiere saber cuál es la mejor novela del siglo XIX, hay muchas candidatas: La guerra y la paz de Leon Tolstoi, Cumbres borrascosas de Emily Bronte, Historia de dos ciudades de Charles Dickens, Moby Dick de Herman Melville, Frankenstein de Mary Shelley o Madame Bovary de Gustave Stendhal, para nombrar las primeras que se me vienen a la mente. Pero creo, como muchos otros lectores, que la novela que ejemplifica, con amplitud de miras y en tono épico, esa centuria mejor que ninguna otra es Los miserables (1862) de Víctor Hugo. (Gabriel Trujillo) (Translation)
Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany) reviews the new adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small:
 Einer Fahrt von einem seltsam verwaisten Glasgower Bahnhof aus folgt Ausgesetztheit im ländlichen Nirgendwo, fast wie Jane Eyre im Moor, und eine Ankunft im strömenden Regen bei dem nun eher granteligen statt spleenigen Junggesellen Farnon (Samuel West) und einer sichtlich frischer wirkenden Haushälterin Mrs. Hall (Anna Madeley). (Ursula Scheer) (Translation)
Marianne (France) and the bests music albums of 2020:
Folklore - Taylor Swift (...)
 Qui d'autre qu'elle, dans la pop-culture actuelle, peut se targuer de se hisser en haut des tops avec des références à Jane Eyre et Hemingway ? (Alexandra Saviana) (Translation)
An unexpected Emily Brontë's poetry reference in InfoLibre (in Spanish). Motivational quotes, including one by Charlotte, on Women's Web. AnneBrontë.org celebrates Christmas with some curious Victorian Christmas cards, including one by Ellen Nussey to Charlotte Brontë.

Finally, bardessdmdenton shares a post with quotes from her Without the Veil Between, Anne Bronte: A Fine and Subtle Spirit novel and the guest appearance of the one and only Mick Armitage (one of the true pioneers in this Brontë 2.0 business with his foundational The Scarborough Connection website) performing at the piano two songs from Anne Brontë's Music Book.

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