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Ken Loach doing a Brontë

The Telegraph joins in the club and describes the anger of the Brontë Talibans:

The Bronte Society faces new criticism after giving supermodel Lily Cole a prominent role in the bicentenary celebrations for Emily Brontë.
It comes amid years of bitter internal feuding at one of the world's oldest literary societies between modernists and traditionalists.
The Society has been accused of “putting celebrity over the Brontë sisters themselves” after appointing Cole as a creative partner this week.
Literary experts claim her appointment is an insult to the author's memory. (Nicola Harley)
Later on, the article repeats verbatim what The Times already published. Apparently, literary 'experts' are essentially reduced to Nick Holland (let's-burn-these-heretics-now!) as Juliet Barker doesn't seem to feel that way.

Pedestrian, by the way, do the only logical thing in this situation: laugh about it, and with a couple of gifs of Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess of Grantham.

The Guardian talks about Heidi Thomas, screenwriter of among others Call the Midwife and the new Little Women adaptation:
Thomas has not ruled out future adaptations of classics – “I’d love to do a Dickens and I’m a huge fan of George Eliot … I’ve never done a Brontë” – but she is currently working on two original projects. (Sarah Hughes)
An interesting article about teaching literature in The Guardian:
What have our students been reading before they come to our class? Some – a very few, and almost always women – have read 19th century classics: the Brontë sisters, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Charles Dickens. Some – a very few, and almost always men – have read 20th century science fiction (Asimov and his ilk), and some of the Beats and their offspring: Kerouac, Bukowski, Burroughs. (Tegan Bennett Daylight)
The Independent (Ireland) lists the best movies of 2017:
God's Own Country
Part Ken Loach film, part Brontë novel, Francis Lee's atmospheric, bruising drama is set high in the Yorkshire moors and stars Josh O'Connor as Johnny, a terse, hard-drinking young man who bitterly resents having to run his disabled father's sheep farm, and feels like he's been left behind. He's gay, a fact he feels compelled to keep secret from his family until a handsome Romanian worker arrives at the farm to help. (Paul Whitington)
Culturamas (Spain) is quite wrong when it claims:
A diferencia de muchos escritores ingleses del siglo XIX, como Jane Austen o las hermanas Brontë, que disfrutaban disfrutaban de una clase social alta simplemente por haber nacido en una familia acomodada, Charles Dickens no tuvo una infancia precisamente fácil[.] (Alejandro Gamero) (Translation)
La Gaceta Salta (Argentina) reviews Jane, le renard et moi:
En la lectura encuentra una vía de escape. Lee Jane Eyre, de Charlotte Brontë. Hélene se ve reflejada. Escribe: “Es huérfana y una tía suya, rica y malísima, la toma a su cargo y la encierra en un cuarto encantado para castigarla por mentir, aunque ella no lo ha hecho”. (Alejandro Duchini) (Translation)
 A contestant on the Spanish TV show Tu cara me suena sang Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights. Jane Eyre's Library (in Spanish) wishes a very happy (Brontë) Christmas to all.

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Ken Loach doing a Brontë


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