All About the Brontës challenge 2010


Over at Laura’s Reviews, there’s a challenge for 2010: read/watch anything by or about the Brontë sisters between January and June. Between three and six things. Sounds easy enough!

For more info, and to officially sign up to the challenge, see All About the Brontes Challenge 2010.

I have eight Jane Eyre adaptations that can be watched (and obsessed over, naturally), two to listen to (have started one of them already, i.e. the one from ’91 with Ciarán Hinds as Rochester), and then there’s Tenant of Wildfell Hall that I could re-watch, and three Wuthering Heights adaptations. Two I’ve recently written about, so maybe I’ll skip those, just like I’d probably skip Jane Eyre ’34 and ’83 for the same reason. I’ve not written about Wuthering Heights the book yet, and I have Agnes Grey still to read… maybe give Jane Eyre another read as well… maybe.

So… I think my goal will be to experience and review as many as possible of these:

Film & TV:

  • Jane Eyre 1944, 1970, 1973, 1996, 1997, 2006 (does it count if I watch the last one over and over? *cough*) and any others I might be able to get hold of
  • Tenant of Wildfell Hall 1996
  • Wuthering Heights 1998

Books:

  • Agnes Grey
  • Villette
  • Any other Brontë books I may already have but don’t recall getting, and if not, get some more, like The Professor, Villette, Shirley and, err, so on.

Radio:

  • Jane Eyre 1938, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1944 (Fontaine/March), 1944 (Young/Welles), 1944 (Warner/Jory), 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1972, 1977, 1991 (Holy moly that’s a load! o.O Oh well, I’ll do my best.)

If studying hasn’t driven me bonkers, I might decide to take up that Jane Eyre audiobook thing again… but I’d have to be pretty mad for that. Not just that it has lots of peculiar old words (especially for someone whose first language isn’t English) but it also has a load of French, and that’s… that’s about as scary as trying to pronounce the written dialect in Wuthering Heights. We shall see. I’m a bit tempted by it because of starting to listen to the Hinds radio adaptation… but yeah. A whole lot of Brontë it will be. Yay!

A very useful link: The Enthusiast’s Guide to Jane Eyre Adaptations, which is where I got the 1934 film and all the radio adaptations from. As in, the page has download links. 🙂

EDIT: Here’s the official to-do list:

  1. Agnes Grey (book)
  2. Jane Eyre 1934 (film)
  3. Jane Eyre (book)
  4. Jane Eyre (graphic novel)
  5. Jane Eyre 1938 (radio)
  6. Jane Eyre 1940 (radio)
  7. Jane Eyre 1941 (radio)
  8. Jane Eyre 1943 (radio)
  9. Jane Eyre 1944 (F/M) (radio)
  10. Jane Eyre 1944 (film)
  11. Jane Eyre 1944 (W/J) (radio)
  12. Jane Eyre 1944 (Y/W) (radio)
  13. Jane Eyre 1947 (radio)
  14. Jane Eyre 1948 (radio)
  15. Jane Eyre 1949 (radio)
  16. Jane Eyre 1950 (radio)
  17. Jane Eyre “Playhouse of Famous Authors (Aust.) ep 28” (radio)
  18. Jane Eyre 1970 (film)
  19. Jane Eyre 1972 (radio)
  20. Jane Eyre 1973 (TV)
  21. Jane Eyre 1977 (radio)
  22. Jane Eyre 1983 (TV)
  23. Jane Eyre 1991 (radio)
  24. Jane Eyre 1996 (film)
  25. Jane Eyre 1997 (TV)
  26. Jane Eyre 2006 (TV)
  27. Mrs. Rochester (book)
  28. Rochester (book)
  29. Shirley (book/audiobook)
  30. Tenant of Wildfell Hall (book)
  31. Tenant of Wildfell Hall 1996 (TV)
  32. The Brontës (book)
  33. The French Dancer’s Bastard (book)
  34. The Professor (book)
  35. Villette (audiobook)
  36. Wuthering Heights (book)
  37. Wuthering Heights 1978 (TV)
  38. Wuthering Heights 1998 (TV)
  39. Wuthering Heights 2009 (TV)
  40. Wide Sargasso Sea (book)

Last updated: 28 July 2010

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