Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Hull Live recommends staycations for 2023:
Moor Skies – Oxenhope, West Yorkshire
Sleeps : Two
Price: Seven nights from £345 in August

Moor Skies is a shepherd’s hut surrounded by the rolling hills of Yorkshire near the village of Oxenhope.
This romantic bolthole is located on the owner’s grounds, and guests can enjoy a meal on the patio next to the chimenea before visiting the horses on the nearby paddock.
There are plenty of footpaths in the area for a romantic stroll, including walks around the reservoirs and the Brontë Falls. Brontë Way, a local walking trail, will take guests to Brontë Bridge and out onto the moors to find Top Withens, an old farmhouse which is said to have been the inspiration for the Earnshaw’s family home in Wuthering Heights. (Nell Shaw)
Brig News is not happy at all with the film Emily. The film is now available for UK's Warner Bros Premium Digital Ownership and Premium Digital Rental since 14th November. The DVD will be published in the UK next December 12:
Given these many holes in Brontë's history, O’Connor has chosen to extrapolate from the plot of Emily’s only published novel, Wuthering Heights, to seemingly presume that Emily ‘wrote what she knew’, and based the novel’s narrative on her own life. What we are offered therefore is a highly speculative tale that not only imagines a sexual relationship, but also seems to be suggesting that Brontë was in some unspecified way, neurodivergent. (...)
The second imagining, that Emily is in some way neurodiverse, seems to be laying a modern understanding onto an historical figure for whom there is no evidence of any such occurrence. Whilst we can understand that neurodivergence has always existed, and that it remains harder for women to receive a successful diagnosis, to try to project modern ideas of this nature onto people who lived in a very different time, in a society that had very different expectations for people, especially young women, is profoundly uncomfortable. (...)
Here, in the mining of Wuthering Heights for its gothic elements, its ‘romance’ elements and its isolated moors, Emily neglects the real history of Emily Bronte that we are aware of and creates instead what feels like a pastiche of Cathy and Heathcliff that could have been an Alternate Universe fanfiction instead. In the end, no one benefits from this – we learn nothing of Emily’s life beyond her public biography, and the imagined elements are too fantastical, too far-fetched to be able to be given any credibility. (Anne-Louis Fortune)
In the US the film will be premiered next February 17 as we read on Brit+Co:
Emily, In Theaters February 17
On her deathbed, Emily Brontë thinks back on the experiences and struggles that inspired her to write Wuthering Heights, turning her from local misfit to worldwide writer. The film stars Emma Mackey as the titular character. (Chloe Williams)

LegaNerd (Italy) also mentions the film screening at the Sorrento's Giornate Professionali del Cinema.

San Francisco Gate reviews Wise Children's performances of Wuthering Heights:
This is a two-generational story, replete with deaths (announced by a doctor and marked by chalkboard "tombstones"), evil machination, attraction and compulsion.
Rice's musical play is complex, dealing with events at times joyous, at others, cruel, but always vibrant, riveting and unforgettable. (Hilda Scheib)
Dagens Nyhater (Sweden) talks about Germaine de Stäel's Corinne:
Utan denna roman, ”Corinne”, hade Jane Austen, systrarna Brontë, George Sand, Mary Shelley, George Eliot, vår egen Fredrika Bremer och en rad andra kvinnliga 1800-talsförfattare, sannolikt skrivit helt annorlunda, om alls. (Maria Schottenius) (Translation)
ScreenRant lists the best TV Shows starring Ruth Wilson: 
Jane Eyre 2006
The 2006 Jane Eyre miniseries was Ruth Wilson's first television role, where she played the titular character from Charlotte Brontë's famous novel. There have been many Jane Eyre adaptations over the years, with Wilson's performance helping to make this one a particularly well-received adaptation.
Wilson demonstrated her strengths as an actor and her ability to bring well-known literary characters to life, which she also does in some of her other roles. All of this undoubtedly paved the way for  many television opportunities she undertook in the following years. (Matthew Ruddy)
This is quite weird even by Cosmopolitan's standards:
I got really obsessed with Jane Eyre at a young age, which unfortunately means I now have a thing for brooding, older Victorian men. While Scrooge is both older and meaner than your standard Mr. Rochester-type, he still kinda fits the bill. (Kayla Kibbe)
BuzzFeed lists the best books of 2022 including:
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
Berkley Books
What do the Hot Priest from Fleabag, Edgar Allan Poe stories, and Jane Eyre have to do with each other? Well if you like any of those three things (and especially if you like all of them), this is the book for you. Taking place in the shadow following the Mexican War of Independence, The Hacienda follows Beatriz, who, with nothing left to lose after the execution of her father, marries Don Rodolfo for some security. The rumors of what happened to his first wife are only some of the whispers she’ll need to deal with, as she starts to realize there is something deeply wrong with the hacienda she now calls home. And the only one willing to help her is Padre Andrés, a priest who feels a forbidden connection to Beatriz. A gothic marvel, this book lingers in your mind like fog clinging to the air. (Rachel Strolle)
CNN talks about ChatGPT, an AI-powered chatbot which is able to do things like this: 
One person asked the chatbot to rewrite the 90s hit song, “Baby Got Back,” in the Style of “The Canterbury Tales;” another wrote a letter to remove a bad account from a credit report (rather than using a credit repair lawyer). Other colorful examples including asking for fairy-tale inspired home décor tips and giving it an AP English exam question (it responded with a 5 paragraph essay about Wuthering Heights.) (Samantha Murphy Kelly)
De Limburger (Netherlands) talks about 'woman books':
Jane Eyre van Charlotte Brontë is daar natuurlijk het klassieke voorbeeld van. Met Edward Rochester, de mannelijke hoofdpersoon, als de duistere, overheersende man.” Maar, vervolgt hij, in de moderne verhalen zijn de vrouwen (economisch) zelfstandig en de mannen vaak minder autoritair, maar juist zacht en begripvol. (Paula van de Velde) (Translation)

Gwendoline Kiste talks about her novel Reluctant Immortals on Forbidden Planet TV.  Grenzwandeln (in German) has re-read Wuthering Heights. Art Kavanagh explores the role of Nelly Dean in the novel of Emily Brontë. EyreBuds has just published a new installment of their podcast:  "A Rather Unstable Arsonist: A Character Study for Bertha Antoinetta Mason Rochester".


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