My Brontë's heart is brimming as the world of literature celebrates the 200th anniversary of this marvelous woman and her writing! Here are a few goodies I'll be luxuriating in to celebrate:
Being the Brontë's
Over the weekend, BBC2 premiered a documentary called Being the Brontë's which allowed three women to step into the shoes of our favorite sisters with a tour of their home, exploration of their writing, and strolls along the haunting moors. I definitely geeked out because a definitive documentary is long overdue. I'm actually hoping for a live action film...they've done one for Jane Austen, so...
I really enjoyed watching. Especially the parts where they walk along the rustic moors. The land is so overwhelming and gorgeous, and I'm kicking myself that I did not have this love for the Brontë's while in school in Wales...darn it! Click that link above to watch!
Retellings are the bees knees when they manage to capture the same tone of the original with a spicy little spin. Two new releases, inspired by Jane Eyre, have caught my eye: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye, is a satirical romance that reimagines Jane Eyre as a serial killer. Yeah. I'm not normally a huge fan of murder and gore, but I can't help but have serious intrigue over this new Jane Steele, who's story begins as humbly and Jane Eyre's, but seems to cast the people who tried to hold her back in an even harsher light than Charlotte first penned them, driving Steele to fight for her life by any means. This heroine is even a fan of Jane Eyre. I'm looking forward to seeing it all play out, especially her romance with Mr. Thornfield. This promises to be a trip!
The Mad Woman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell tells the story of Samantha Whipple, the last remaining descendant of the Brontë family, who's life changes when she enrolls into Oxford University and begins to discover clues identifying the whereabouts of a trove of diaries, letters, and drafts, and a possible hidden fortune passed down from the family estate. I love that this story seems a swashbuckling literary mystery, piecing together clues of who the Brontë's really are. Hidden letters, diaries, and other bygone tokens make me so excited! A possible romantic relationship with her distinguished professor helping her sort out the clues...priceless.
On the Moors with Jane Eyre Monthly Knit Along
Ravelry is a knitters best friend, and in this case, I've hit the jackpot. I hadn't ever just scrolled through random projects on Ravelry, so one night I thought, why not? (As if I need anymore projects on the needles, right?). Whilst meandering, I found The Sampler Girl's Jane Eyre inspired Monthly Knit Along! A Jane inspired pattern is like my mind and heart exploding! I've been toying with the idea of joining in on a knit along for a while, but never found one that really caught my eye until this one. I'm so excited!!! I even had this beautiful Madelinetosh Chunky yarn in Lepidoptra and the needles sitting new and beautiful in my room. Somehow "it" knew this project was coming!
I'm not sure how Knit Along's work, but this one's really exciting because you only receive parts of the pattern as clues throughout the month, and you knit this sight unseen. All you know is that by the end you'll have an 19th Century inspired lovely shawl!!!
Jane Eyre has truly enraptured the minds of readers for so long, it's no wonder that it's one of the best novels in the form. I recommend it to anyone who will take a chance on it. Before it, I was definitely not a huge fan of classic novels, believing them to be a bit challenging to relate to. Jane changed all of that! So if you'd like to read more classics this year, Jane Eyre is a great one to start with!
P.S. - I'm in the middle of reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, and loving it. If you're curious what brought me here, ask Richard Armitage.