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« on: January 19, 2007 04:21:34 AM »

So I was browsing around some of the Jane Austen swaps. I love the clothes, decorative items, etc of that period, but I'm not a big Jane Austen fan, I've read Pride & Prejudice, I've attempted Emma & Sense and Sensibility, but to no avail. Jane Austen is particularly popular at the moment, because of the 2005 release of the film and the upcoming 'Becoming Jane' starring Anne Hathway (filmed in ireland <3).

Anyway, what I'm leading up to here is the suggestion of a Brontė Siblings swap? I much prefer the Brontė's, truth be told, their work is far more passionate. I confess I've never read any of Anne or Branwell's work, but I have recieved a lovely collection of all their novels for Christmas, so I'm planning to read that when the summer comes. Its a massive book, not something to bring on the train with you!
I suposse the swappers could lean towards whatever novel they prefer, maybe Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Vilette, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall or some of the poetry of Branwell themed items? I'm not sure if anyone would be interested, so I thought I'd just put it out there!

The Brontės were a generation or so after Austen, so the style of things would differ slightly, but I'm definately not an expert on such matters. But when you consider it, when you think of the Bronte's gothic mansions and moors spring to mind, rather than the empire line dresses and civilised manners of Jane Austen's novels.
Have many of you seen the BBC's adaption of Jane Eyre, shown back in late October/Early November. Loved it! I missed the third episode, unfortunately, but I'm definately buying the DVD on February 6th. I guess this would apply to people in Ireland & the UK.

Tragic lives., one of the many things that made them so compelling.

So, Anyone interested? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2007 06:51:03 AM »

Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favourites. I studied it at A-level and for my degree so I know it inside out Grin

I'm very tempted by this swap.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2007 07:42:10 AM »

Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favourites. I studied it at A-level and for my degree so I know it inside out Grin

I'm very tempted by this swap.

I hope some people will be interested!
Wuthering Heights was on the Leaving Cert course for my exams but we didn't study it. I was relieved in a way, because my class wouldn't appreciate it at all!
Did you see the 2006 adaption?
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2007 08:47:25 AM »

I did... and I enjoyed it very much, but <eng lit>I think Jane's interior voice is so strong in the novel, that had I been the film-maker I'd've used a voiceover</eng lit>

The sets and cinematography were superb though, very atmospheric Grin

Edited to add: perhaps if we're the only Bronte fans here, perhaps we should join the Reading Rainbow swap instead?
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2007 12:24:49 PM »

I did... and I enjoyed it very much, but <eng lit>I think Jane's interior voice is so strong in the novel, that had I been the film-maker I'd've used a voiceover</eng lit>

The sets and cinematography were superb though, very atmospheric Grin

Edited to add: perhaps if we're the only Bronte fans here, perhaps we should join the Reading Rainbow swap instead?

Oh yes, I never considered that! That would have been most execellent. There were a few dodgy parts though, where you had to cringe a little during some of the scenes between Jane and Rochester. They also squeezed too much into the final two episodes. It should have been made up of five parts, as they cut quite a lot out, as far as I can remember, some vital parts were left out, which I wasn't happy about at the time. But of course they've gone from my memory! I re-read the novel in advance of the BBC adaption.
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I love the uniqueness of Jane Eyre, her being the narrator and all that, but it does have the disadvantage of it been slightly biased and one sided, you don't know what Rochester et al, are feeling. But that doesn't detract from the novel, I suposse in this day of literary criticism, we want to know what each character is going through and no mystery! Smiley

I don't think this swap will work out somehow. I'd love to do something along these lines though. Maybe on Livejournal, do you use LJ?
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2007 09:07:24 AM »

I live in Brontė Country! and would love to do a swap about the siblings. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2007 10:06:51 AM »

I live in Brontė Country! and would love to do a swap about the siblings. 

:O You live in Haworth?
Any Brontė fans are welcome! 3 so far though..
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2007 10:13:18 AM »

Well I was born there.  My Parents house overlooks the moors  Grin I am a city girl now about 5 miles away.
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2007 01:23:43 PM »

Well I was born there.  My Parents house overlooks the moors  Grin I am a city girl now about 5 miles away.

Thats a noteable place to come from. I'd love to visit the moors someday. I'm sure you go back to visit, how could you not? It seems beautiful!
I'm from "the Land of Heart's Desire" myself Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2007 03:14:12 PM »

Arthur Bell Nicholls was my grandmothers great uncle (or perhaps great great) and I have consequently been obsessed with all things Brontė ever since. 

I would jump at the chance to join in, but unfortunately I do not have enough posts.  I hope you get enough interest to start a swap I will definitely be watching to see what you crafty ladies come up with!

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