Vulture recommends new comics to read in September:
Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna, Ramón K. Pérez, and Irma Kniivila (BOOM!)The Times reviews Felix The Railway Cat by Kate Moore:
The fact that Ramón K. Pérez isn’t a household name is a goddamn crime. The Toronto-based artist has already turned in fantastic work in comics like All-New Hawkeye and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, but he really outdoes himself in his latest effort, a modern adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, simply titled Jane. Writer Aline Brosh McKenna crafts an exciting set of twists on the well-worn Gothic tale and Irma Kniivila provides delicious coloring work throughout, but there’s no denying that Pérez is the main reason to plop down your hard-earned cash here. His fluid line work, knack for motion, and ever-shifting perspectives are all at peak performance, and the finished product is a delectable treat for the eyes. (Abraham Riesman)
On the other hand, Felix can burn off those calories by patrolling the station’s six platforms and the garden, which is tended by volunteers and hosts poetry and art exhibitions. The artwork includes an oil painting of Felix dressed up as a Brontë sister, painted by the artist Rob Martin. Its gold and bejewelled frame was made by Roni Hart, a singer and actress. (Sharon Smith)The painting can be seen here.
The Verge recommends fantasy novels for this month:
The Glass Town Game by Catherynne ValenteThe same book is also highlighted in Bookish:
In this young-adult fiction take on the Brontë sisters, fictional versions of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne escape from their miserable world with a game that they invented called Glass Town — where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon, and nobody dies. When Charlotte and Emily are sent to a harsh boarding school, they find themselves whisked away to a real Glass Town that’s stranger than the one they invented.
The stakes are high here: the soldiers they command can die, and when Anne and Branwell are kidnapped, it’s up to Charlotte and Emily to stand up to the Napoleonic army, save their sisters, and escape to England. Kirkus Reviews gave the book a starred review, saying that it’s a must-read for Brontë fans and newcomers alike. (Andrew Liptak)
When life becomes sad or boring or tedious, the Brontë siblings like to play Glass Town. Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell send their toy soldiers into battle against Napoleon in a make-believe land where no one dies. They play often in the days leading up to Charlotte and Emily’s departure for boarding school. Just as they’re preparing to say their goodbyes, the impossible happens: They’re transported to Glass Town. But it isn’t quite like they’d imagined it to be. Here soldiers can and do die, and Napoleon rides a fire-breathing rooster. Before they can figure out how to return home, Anne and Branwell are kidnapped! Catherynne M. Valente’s adventurous novel is inspired by the Brontës’ actual childhood writings about Glass Town. Young readers may not be familiar with the family when they start the novel, but they’re sure to be obsessed with them by the end. (Kelly Galucci)The Irish Independent, New Statesman and Uncut review the film God's Own Country:
The butt cheeks in this film are mostly caked in Yorkshire muck, and the love affair between a young drunkard and a Romanian migrant worker is about as romantic as a hook up in Copper's. Francis Lee's drama is based in part on his own life, and reminded me in equal parts of a Ken Loach film and a Brontë novel - these are intended as compliments. (Paul Whittington)
John (Josh O’Connor) is a gangly, gawky slab of a lad with a face that’s all nose and ears, and a disposition that makes Heathcliff seem sunny. (Ryan Gilbey)
It would be easy to see God’s Own Country as an uneasy mix of Brokeback Mountain and All Creatures Great And Small – it isn’t. Instead it feels closer in spirit to Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights – which similarly took place in an eerie, untamed wilderness – or Pawel Pawlikowski’s splendid Yorkshire-set same-sex romance My Summer Of Love. (Michael Bonner)The Irish Times lists some other Yorkshire films:
Wuthering Heights (2011)CTV News reviews Lady Macbeth among others:
Andrea Arnold’s raw, vernacular take on the great Yorkshire novel was released to some mixed reviews, but its reputation has grown in the interim. Gets closer to the grit of the story than any earlier version. (Donald Clarke)
More “The Making of a Murderer” than “Wuthering Heights,” ice runs through the veins of “Lady Macbeth.” Cold and austere, the story of sexual rebellion is given life by Florence Pugh’s mesmerizing performance. (Richard Crouse)Harriet McKnight presents her book Rain Birds in The Daily Review:
I’m not sure why landscapes have always been so important to me. I suppose growing up in the country means they’re inescapable – everything is there in front of you. The seasonal changes, the way they set off a chain reaction, the school mates that come to class with stories, Dad had to sell more cattle, there’s not enough feed for them all. As a child, the kinds of stories that captivated me were often the same – Playing Beatie Bow, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Wuthering Heights. Young women lost within landscape and time, trying to pitch themselves against something larger, more ancient, unknowable. The older I get, the more I feel rooted to the places I was grown up in. Every now and then someone will ask me, 'where’s your country?' Belonging to a particular earth is important to knowing who you are.Maxima (Portugal) on the new fashion collection by Alexa Chung:
O livro O Monte dos Vendavais (1847) de Emily Brontë foi a inspiração da modelo para esta coleção, cujo sentido de humor é retratado através de t-shirts com frases como ‘Lonely Hearts Club’ e ‘Crazy Boy’. (Vera Vaz) (Translation)Liverpool Echo recommends some cottages near Liverpool for a weekend getaway where you can
re-enact scenes from Wuthering Heights on the wild moors or just snuggle up in front of the fire. (Ellen Kirwin)The Herald reviews Dr Jekyll and Mr Seek my Anthony O'Neill:
There appears to be no end in sight to the outpouring of sequels or prequels to literary classics. Alexandra Ripley’s Scarlett (Gone With The Wind), Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (Jane Eyre), P.D. James’s Death Comes to Pemberley (Pride and Prejudice) and Francois Ceresa’s Cosette (Les Miserables) are just a few of the best-known examples from this flourishing branch of publishing.UCObserver talks about yearning:
Over the next few days, my thoughts strayed frequently to the mysterious doctor. The program, I learned, was ER. It was now several seasons in, with reruns seemingly broadcast at all times of day. The doctor — my doctor — was played by a Croatian actor, stepping in after George Clooney to be the new heartthrob. It was the air of buried trauma projected by his character that drew me most — the wounded healer. He was such a haunted-seeming soul, Heathcliff in scrubs. (Jane Dawson)herinterested lists films to see after a breakup:
Wuthering HeightsUnconventional Wisdom in Alamosa Valley Courier:
This is a movie that is based on a classic novel. In Wuthering Heights, you run into two characters who are just as miserable as you are. If you love books or movies like Pride & Prejudice, this is a good option to go with. (Courtney Pocock)
In fact, I know I learned infinitely more about life from Winnie the Pooh than from Jane Eyre. Obviously, many others are of the same opinion. I’ve seen more quotes from the characters in the Milne books on Facebook, in greeting cards and on posters than anything from the romance novels by the sisters Brontë.Not on this blog.
Antena 3 TV talks about the recent release of the Spanish translation of Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls. Les papotages d'Aere reviews Les Hauts de Hurlevent de Yann and Edith.
Finally, a new video by The Brontë Society:
Finally, a new video by The Brontë Society:
On 2 September 1824, the bog on Crow Hill above Haworth suddenly burst, leading to a landslide and severe flooding. Branwell, Emily & Anne Brontë, caught in the deluge while walking on the moors, were forced to shelter in a farmhouse porch. Find out more from our Principal Curator, Ann Dinsdale.
The Crow Hill bog burst from The Brontë Society on Vimeo.