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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Subject:I love my murderer - a heathcliff fanmix
Posted by:flowers_of_core.
Time:1:52 am.
I love my murderer - a heathcliff fanmix

I love my murderer // a heathcliff fanmix

"Nelly, I am Heathcliff - he's always, always in my mind - not as pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself - but as my own being" - Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

i. bones - ms mr // ii. the boy with the thorn in his side - the smiths // iii. the enemy - mumford & sons // iv. walking after you - foo fighters // v. old college try - the mountain goats // vi. don't you worry - lucy rose // vii. burn -the cure // viii. the flame - cheap trick // ix. white blank page - mumford & sons // x. please, please, please let me get what i want - the smiths // xi. lover to lover - florence + the machine // xii. the bitter end - blind pilot // xiii. a million little pieces - placebo // xv. the evil that men do - iron maiden


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Friday, September 28th, 2012

Subject:Jane Eyre fanmix
Posted by:insomnikat.
Time:8:58 pm.
Is media okay to share here? I plan to make some icons of tv/film adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights in the future. But for now, I wish to share a fanmix I made of my favourite (and most preferred) adaptation of Jane Eyre: BBC's 2006 miniseries. It's a shame the beautiful score never made it to an official soundtrack. :(

16 songs, mostly instrumental, and focusing on a Rochester POV. I used a bit of graphics in the tracklist information, so potential spoiler alert! Otherwise, please enjoy.

visual tracklist information & download
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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Posted by:jill_rg.
Time:6:29 pm.
Mood: curious.

This is a request for help from one Bronte fan to many.

Hello. I'm new to this community, but I need some help understanding a certain scene in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

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Monday, August 11th, 2008

Subject:To those of you in the UK in North London or near and those willing to travel...
Posted by:p_gotherina.
Time:3:20 am.
...I've put up my Framed portrait of THE BRONTES by Branwell Bronte on eBay...
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Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Subject:New Brontë movies.
Posted by:marauded.
Time:9:58 pm.
I use the term "movies" as they seem to aiming for mass appeal, with their casting choices.

First, the casting of Natalie Portman in a new version of Wuthering Heights, thoughts?

Second, a rumour of Ellen Page (of Juno fame) being cast as Jane Eyre, in a new adaption! Personally, I am outraged at the very thought. Sources: here and here, I agree with many of the sentiments voiced in the latter article.
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Subject:Clothing and Jane Eyre...
Posted by:p_gotherina.
Time:1:53 am.
Mood: distressed.
I am struggling with coming up with a focus for my essay on Jane Eyre for my MA course in Victorian studies.

*I would prefer it to be an interdisciplinary question/focus but it doesn't have to be.
*I would like to write about and explore something that hasn't been done so in either much detail or at all really...
*In the week we looked at Jane Eyre we also looked at: Hunt's The Awakening Conscience; The enfranchisement of women by Harriet Taylor; Laws of England concerning women by Barbara Bodichon and a couple of secondary material including the chapter from Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in the attic.

I want a really clear and precise focus. The question must be relating to the 'theme' of the core course which is 'progress and anxiety' and can refer to either/or.

After endless scribblings and note making I've come up with an interest in clothing...
...the symbolism of Bertha destroying Jane's wedding dress and how it can represent her 'shitting' on marriage after the failure of her own, in turn showing the anxiety of marriages being destroyed either by adulterous women or women choosing not to be the 'angel of the house' and instead opting to be ruined and live in sin as mistresses which may or may not lead to prostitution (consider Hunt's painting here perhaps and John Ruskin's comment on the model's dress - that the whiteness will or is soon to be covered in dirt perhaps should she fall to a life on the streets etc.) which in turn shows up another contemporary social anxiety about women at the time...

Perhaps Adele's superfluous interest in clothing and her mother's before her and her 'life of sin' as Rochester's mistress...there are references to Rochester buying her satins and clothing etc. ...Rochester's loathing for Adele's mother and the like and his apparent desire to protect Jane and 'not' intend to make her his mistress by marrying her when in actual fact...well you know the story.

Jane's own clothing which is of course dark and plain and which highlights a governess' undefined status and miserable existence as neither family member nor valued household member leading to the anxieties and 'fears' of working (independent) women... the darkness of her clothing paralleling or highlighting/reinforcing her own anxieties and outlook on marriage and her demand for equality which could be said to have been an anxiety - that women should not have a say or make such demands even or indeed have a mind of their own, let alone want to be their husbands equal....

And so on.

The question or various wordings of the question I have at the moment are (delete/adapt as appropriate) however I'm still not sure as to what my 'argument' or point might actually be exactly...but I am just really interested in the idea of looking at and focusing on (female) clothing.:

"To what extent/How far does clothing in Jane Eyre illustrate Victorian social anxieties about women? / about women and the sanctity/institution of marriage?"

Please please feel free to change or edit as you would see fit, to post your own thoughts about the topic and links or to suggest any other ideas I am also open to other viewpoints or angles or focus areas as long as it's manageable as it's due in on the 7th of January!

Many many thanks in advance.
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Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Subject:You never know where a Brontë reference will pop up.
Posted by:rinabeana.
Time:4:37 pm.
Mood: pleased.

I've recently read the Mitford series by Jan Karon. In Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader, there is a story she wrote for Victoria magazine, called The Right Ingredients. The following is a passage from that story.

   When she was little, her father had said, "You read too many books. If I catch you reading another book, I'll throw it in the fire. Reading will rot your brain, go help your mother."
   She had read in bed for years, under the covers with a flashlight, which was how she'd read every word of her second favorite book,
Jane Eyre. She had nearly put her eyes out and ended up wearing glasses, which to this day she blamed on small print in paperbacks.

It doesn't say what the character's favorite book is, but I'm curious!
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Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Subject:I'm just wondering
Posted by:kisses_darling.
Time:2:33 pm.

I was wondering which Bronte is your favorite and why. My personal favorite is Emily, because her poetry shakes me to the core, but I'm really interested to see what all of your opinions are on the family. I believe its unfortunate that Anne is not as popular as the other girls, and neither is her work, but I'd like to know if any of you favor her above the others. Do any of you like Branwell the best? Please answer because I'm interested.

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Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Subject:Brontë Audiobooks.
Posted by:karmaku.
Time:5:02 pm.
Where could I find online audiobooks of any of the Brontës' novels? Many thanks in advance.
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Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Posted by:smilinggabby.
Time:9:06 pm.
Mood: happy.
Hello fellow Bronte fans, I am Gabby and I have just joined this great community. Although being only 19 I have been a Bronte Obsessive for ages, first reading Jane Eyre when I was 13 and Wuthering Heights soon after. I love everything about the Brontes and their work, plus both Mr Rochester and Heathcliff were my first literary loves, how can you not like them! I shall look forward to discussing all things Bronte with you all in the future.
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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Subject:In a high wind, on a moor
Posted by:rinabeana.
Time:8:47 am.
Mood: amused.

This is only very obliquely related to our beloved Brontës, but I thought you might get a kick out of it anyway. I heard this (prose) poem over Thanksgiving (which I spent with some poetry enthusiasts). Of course, by the end of the first section I was already thinking of Brontëland. I suppose one can't talk about women's novels without at least alluding to the Brontës. Enjoy!

Women's NovelsCollapse )
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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Subject:Villette and M. Paul's "lunettes"
Posted by:filthy_bonnet.
Time:3:31 pm.
Does anyone here know in what chapter of Villette can I find the passage in which Lucy knocks M. Paul's glasses (his "lunettes") off his desk with her bonnet strings and they break? I remember reading it and loving it and now I can't find it and I would really like to use that section on my senior thesis. Thank you for your time.

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Subject:FREE PORN !!!
Posted by:chancery_stone.
Time:8:14 pm.

Only kidding, but I've always wanted to write that heading. I think it's the definitive internet title.

Been a long time since I've been in here. I've been feng shui-ing (not a comfortable word, that) all my various blogs, web sites etc, clearing them out in preparation for Volume 2 of my book, DANNY, coming out.

Partly in honour of the occasion, partly as it's the festive celebration of Halloween, but mostly because it is Danny - our hero's - birthday today, Poison Pixie is offering, for a limited time only, a great big fat FREE excerpt, 295 pages long, from DANNY Volume 1.

That's the first third of the book and longer than some authors' full-length works. It is also longer than the first (1998?) Citron edition of the book.

The downside is I am more or less on borrowed time here. Unless it proves its worth as a marketing tool to encourage new readers it's coming right back off again.

So run. Run now. Get it quick, while it's still legal.

Go over to the temporary website (I apologise for the lack of juicy substance on here – Mr Scratchmann is working on it even as we speak) and download your free mini-version of DANNY right HERE. Turn off your doorbell and settle down for a good Halloween read. Maybe by candlelight.

If, after you read it, you have no urge to find out what happens next that's fine. You must seek enlightenment elsewhere. But if you get hooked (and it gets a whole lot more addictive and warped in the other two-thirds) then tootle off back to Poison Pixie where you can treat yourself to a copy and read the rest of it.

Here's hoping I can drag you over to the dark side

Have a lovely Halloween. Speak to you all later.

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Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Subject:Villette editions
Posted by:filthy_bonnet.
Time:8:13 pm.
Does anyone know of an edition of Villette that has the French translated at the bottom of the pages instead of in the back? I ask because my French skills are horrible and I would like to be able to turn to a page in the book and get a quick understanding of what is going on without having to figure out what number this chapter is when it's only labeled in chapter titles and then having to flip to the back of the book.

In case you're wondering why I’m asking, Villette is on my senior thesis that is on the role of the mentor-lover in 19th century literature and now I'm going through all the pages I dog-eared as important trying to recall why I thought it important and decide if I can actually use it. Thanks!!!
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Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Subject:First clip from new Jane Eyre
Posted by:philosophercat.
Time:7:56 pm.
I this clip of an interview with Toby Stephens. The hay lane scene!

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Monday, August 7th, 2006

Subject:New Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre films
Posted by:philosophercat.
Time:12:22 am.
Mood: curious.
It looks like one is in development with Ecosse Films: http://bronteana.blogspot.com/2006/08/new-adaptation-of-wuthering-heights.html

This is not the film with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie- that turned out to be a rumor after all!

Also, PBS will be airing the BBC's new Jane Eyre sometime this January. There will be a screening in London on the 16th of September- info on all this is here:


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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Subject:Lovely new pics from Jane Eyre 2006
Posted by:philosophercat.
Time:3:57 pm.
Mood: content.
The BBC just released their Press pack and there's some lovely new pictures in it. No air dates yet.

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Monday, May 29th, 2006

Subject:Wuthering Heights
Posted by:rinabeana.
Time:10:12 pm.
Mood: tired.

Wuthering Heights was the book for the month of May over at [info]bibliophyles. I wrote a (kind of long) post after rereading it, if anyone's interested.
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Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Posted by:erlking.
Time:10:59 am.
Hello there! I've just joined this community, but I've been lurking for a few months, as I'm pretty much a full-blown Bronte nut and you guys get some interesting discussion going on here from time to time.

I got into the sisters the usual way --- I had to read Jane Eyre (liked it) and then Wuthering Heights (loved it) during the first and second year of my undergraduate English program. Hearing my Victorian lit prof bring out the old (and totally untrue) "Anne Bronte would be long forgotten if not for her sisters" thing, I picked up The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, loved it, and did my Honours Dissertation on it during my final year.

Since then, I've read and enjoyed Shirley, Villette, and Agnes Grey (of the three, Villette stands head and shoulders above the rest, but I like them all). All I have left to read is The Professor. My expectations are not high, but does anyone think I'll be pleasantly surprised?

Here's how I would rank the books . . . how would everyone else list them?

1. Wuthering Heights (undeniable)
2. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
3. Jane Eyre
4. Villette
5. Shirley
6. Agnes Grey

(The Professor)

Despite listing Wuthering Heights first, my favourite Bronte is Anne; in fact, I recently started a community dedicated to her (would it be OK to link it? I don't want to spam on my first post!). I think, at least in Wildfell Hall, she showed herself to be the most radical and ahead-of-her-time, despite being the most religious and 'moral.' In terms of personality, I'm also very interested in her (I totally don't buy the whole "nun-like veil" "sweet gentle Anne" thing --- anyone who could write Wildfell Hall and actually make a success out of being a governess had to have something deeper and stronger going on inside of them).
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Monday, May 8th, 2006

Subject:Jane Eyre as a Cinderella Story
Posted by:siansaksa.
Time:9:07 pm.
An older link, which I have just found:


Well, I guess the connection is as much as we could say about many other love stories :)
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