labingi: (ivan)
Disclaimers at the end of this review*

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to adapt a novel by Emily Brontë without using a single one of Emily Brontë’s words. Amazingly, this has been done and done brilliantly! I refer, of course, to “The Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights” (Monty Python, 1970). More recently, this challenge has been taken up by Andrea Arnold (2011)–with less success.

The film is not all bad. In fact, parts are quite good…

Read the rest at The Geek Girl Project.
labingi: (ivan)
I suspect that Wide Sargasso Sea has forever damaged my ability to enjoy Jane Eyre. Mind you, I have never unreservedly enjoyed it and there are still many aspects of it I love, but Rhys's novel has reweighted the scales. It elevates what I always saw as the comparatively poor writing to egregious moral failing. (Fair warning: if it's not already plain, this is a bit of rant.)

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labingi: (anotsu)
"Anotsu/Makie: One of Those Love Stories"

I'll preface this post with an apology as I'm about to commit the error of writing meta about a series I don't know very intimately yet. Having been firmly schooled over my early misapprehensions about Mirage of Blaze, I'll approach Blade of the Immortal with a healthy degree of disclaiming: everything I'm about to say could be wrong or wildly incomplete. (I have only read brief summaries of the last 5 or so volumes.)

There's much to love about BotI, but I'll focus here on the relationship between Anotsu and Makie, which has peaked my fannish interest more strongly than any text I've encountered for quite some time. Their relationship, for me, has become part of a triad of related love stories. Compared to Naoe/Kagetora in Mirage of Blaze and Cathy/Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, the Anotsu/Makie subplot of BotI may be a junior sibling, but a sibling it is. Each of the central relationships in the triad resonates with the others. MoB and WH resonate along the axis obsessive love that transcends everything. Anotsu and Makie aren't quite there; rather, they resonate in terms of interpersonal dynamics.

Fairly Light Spoilers for BotI )

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