At The Independent

The question remains when Mrs. Gaskell will get her due... not only for creating the Brontë legend, but brilliantly bridging the divide between Austen's sense and the Brontë's sensibility. A somewhat hyperbolic and nicely written article, complete with blurbs on Brontës from contemporary authors. Also, this new film adaptation of Wuthering looks brilliant and brutal.



A thought, inspired by the Twilight references, is the possibility of Wuthering Heights functioning as a working text on love as a curse. To an extent all the Brontë's work could be read this way.
Cary Fukunaga's adaptation finally came to town. I went to see it Friday, not expecting it to throw me sideways. This word for the film is 'haunted.' Not just 'haunting' --- though it is that, too --- but haunted by people, places, and experiences that refuse to lay quiet in the past. It seems appropriate that the film be haunted, after all, this is hardly the first adaptation of Charlotte Brontes much beloved book. Fukunaga knows that it is probably not the first encounter the audience will have with the tale. We are haunted by the story, and even though it pains us, like Jane we keep coming back for more.

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