Last year I was given the opportunity to read and review Mr R. by Tracy Neis, Brontë-inspired fiction which is based on Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. Neis's novel sees Mr. Rochester as Eddie, an ageing rock star who finds himself falling in love with Jenny Ayr, a sort of modern governess who has arrived on the scene… Continue reading Restless Spirits by Tracy Neis (Rock and Roll Brontës Book 2)
In addition to reading texts by the Brontës I also like to track down fiction inspired by this remarkable family. This includes re-tellings of their work, historical fiction about their lives, and literature inspired by the worlds of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal. So step forward May Sinclair and her spooky story, "The Intercessor" (1911).… Continue reading May Sinclair’s The Intercessor: A Brontë Inspired Tale of Terror
July 30th 2018 marks the bicentenary of Emily Jane Brontë, the fifth of six children born to Patrick and Maria Brontë in Thornton, Yorkshire in 1818. Brontë is of course the celebrated author of the novel Wuthering Heights (which is no hot mess) and some remarkable poetry. However, she is also a contributor to a literary saga… Continue reading A Glimpse of Gondal in Charlotte Brontë’s A Day at Parry’s Palace
A few days ago I began writing this piece about Emily Brontë's status as the so-called "other Brontë", intending to post it in time for her 200th birthday on 30th July. However, the day after I began drafting the piece, an article entitled "The strange cult of Emily Brontë and the 'hot mess' of Wuthering… Continue reading Cults, Misfits, and a Hot Mess: Is Emily “the Other Brontë?”
Over the years my obsession with the Brontës has caused me to devour the sisters' entire adult canon in addition to numerous surviving works belonging to Charlotte and Branwell's Glass Town/Angrian saga. I even completed my MA dissertation on their childhood fantasy world. My Brontë mania has also caused me to seek out Brontë inspired… Continue reading The Heights by Juliet Bell
Whilst Charlotte is "my Brontë" I cannot ignore or neglect the works of her siblings. The internet is full of discussions on the writings and lives of this remarkable literary family which include reviews, speculation, theories, and lists of favourites, and reasons for our choices. Here is a list of my Brontë books. Reader, I wonder, who is your Brontë, and what are your own Brontë books?