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January 11, 2006


Beginning of a Friendship- and Really Bad Films and A really Good One.

Yes, I'm still here! Nothing happened- I just went back to school. 😉 In fact, I've been applying to the first of my three graduate programs. So far, so good! i do have some off topic notices for some of my readers, which I will take the privledge of including in this 'public' part of the weblog. If anyone has emailed me in the last little while, be informed that my browser is not allowing me to check my email often- this happened nearly all week. Now that I'm at the university this shouldn't be a problem, but in case you are wondering why I have not written back, this is why. For others, my book was in the press on Monday and I should have a copy of it tomorrow! I'll see about the particulars for those who would like a copy of some really bad poetry.

Speaking of the editing class, I am now taking the Publishing course. We were asked to introduce ourselves and tell the class a few things including what in our opinion is the worst book to film adaptation. I'm …proud? to say that the Brontes managed to get two out of the 20 bad films mentioned! The first was an unspecified "Withering Heights" (which was once a parody of Wuthering Heights– but I am pretty sure he didn't mean that)and then the 1970 version of Jane Eyre with George C. Scott (that would be my declaration ;). Actually, no, there were three. I went on to explain that I usually enjoy bad films so long as they are bad in the right sort of way- and when they asked me for an example, why, I had to mention the 1997 Jane Eyre with poor Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds. What a horrid screenplay. But so funny.

Thanks to Thisbeciel from the League of the Extraordinarily Rochester Obsessed, I can at least bring you an unhealthy number of screencaps from the 1983 version of Jane Eyre, with Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton!

JE 83 Ep 1-2 Episodes 1 and 2 obviously. There are 53 pictures.
JE 83 Ep 3-4 94 pictures
JE 83 Ep 5-6 111 pictures
JE 83 Ep 7 76 pictures
JE 83 Ep 8-9 87 pictures
JE 83 Ep 10-11 95 pictures



  1. Yay Bronteana! Lovely to see you back 😀

    Comment by mysticgypsy — January 11, 2006 @ 1:23 am |Reply

  2. Oh, I adore WITHERING HEIGHTS! It’s a cross between WUTHERING HEIGHTS and THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Every time Heathcliff and Cathy betray each other a Weeping Willow starts to decay until, yes, you’ve guessed it, the poor tree withers away to nothing. (oh, dear, I think I must get myself some caffeine to wake myself up 😉

    Hi, mysticgypsy! Hi, Bronteana!

    Comment by frankengirl — January 11, 2006 @ 9:31 am |Reply

  3. Glad to see you’re still with me, mysticgypsy. 😉 I hope things are going well. Are you still at home? I stopped by your blog the other day, when I had a free moment. My schedule is terrible. TERRIBLE. I am at the university for almost 12 hours straight on wednesdays! Most of the professors and secretaries just shake their head at me and go home… but I’m still there! 😦

    Today’s history lecture was kind of Brontean. We talked about the 18th century and I couldn’t help but think of Adele when the prof mentioned commoners taking “de” onto their names to sound like nobility!

    Comment by Brontëana — January 12, 2006 @ 12:06 am |Reply

  4. to frankengirl:

    I’ve never seen it although I did come across mentions of it in my travels. Sounds interesting 😉

    Caffeine? I can’t believe I managed the day without it. Someone in the conference room where I hang out until classes made coffee for the department using an Italian prof’s private stash of espresso (by mistake). The dept. head came in and nearly choked on it before it was discovered that something was amiss…

    Comment by Brontëana — January 12, 2006 @ 12:10 am |Reply

  5. aww thanks Bronteana! 😀 I think I’ve been venting a lot in my blog..
    Yeah things are better *knocks on wood*…I am away from home.
    I am sorry to hear that about your schedule. Sounds intense! :-/
    Well …you might find some comfort in knowing that you’ll be done with Uni soon (and tho you will have grad school afterward, I’ve heard that that will be different from college:)) least in Grad school, you’ll be doing Bronte, Bronte, and more Bronte (I am assuming?). ah..I can’t wait till I get to that stage tho.. (although..I must confess I do dread the thought of the whole applications process (not to mention those *annoying* standardized tests) that comes before it). I don’t dislike working (provided its studying something I like)..the fun goes out if it when they put the pressure of grades and getting into top-notch schools.

    oooh as for the “de”.. I wonder if Colonel DeHamal or even Polly’s father in Villette were commoners 😉

    Hi Frankengirl!!

    Comment by mysticgypsy — January 12, 2006 @ 12:41 am |Reply

  6. Blogs are for venting, I think! I have so many blogging friends. Often you see them lash out with something that they come back to a few hours later and apologise for, but it’s a healthy way to get rid of the tension. Better than bottling it up.

    I hope it will be all Brontes all the time 😉 Or at least mostly. I’ve met with one of my advisors today and she thinks I have very good chances- and also that studying the Brontes will help me get in, since they are an “unusual” choice. It is hard on the nerves… I’m sending my application out today and I’m very nervous despite all of the supportive profs I have.

    See, I don’t have to write the GRE 😛 The English programs in Canada do not require it! Which works for me because I have acute math anxiety. The very thought of math being involved terrifies me.

    Ah, now Villette is another story, if you remember, de Hamal and deBassompierre are counts! Whereas Mr Rochester just owns some land 😉

    Comment by Brontëana — January 12, 2006 @ 1:06 am |Reply

  7. Good Luck Bronteana!!! I really do hope you get in to your top choice!

    I don’t like taking standardized tests period..I absolutely hated the SATs too. It’s like taking another class yet again…even after graduating from college. Besides, it is not like papers or exams you get in school either that are more tolerable..
    grrr. Working on applications is stressful as it is I am sure.

    It seems like life is just about moving on from one stress to another.

    Comment by mysticgypsy — January 12, 2006 @ 1:22 am |Reply

  8. Acute math anxiety – yes, I have that, too – and test anxiety – ugh! Give me an essay to write and I’m ecstatic! 🙂

    mysticgypsy, I think there’s a lot of raw honesty on your blog, and you’re saying what a lot of others feel but don’t dare say – so kudos to you!!! But you’re allowed to change your mind and mood – feelings are transient and truth is flexible with many sides 😉

    Comment by frankengirl — January 12, 2006 @ 10:24 am |Reply

  9. Hi, I was wondering if you still had those screencaps of the 1983 Jane Eyre? If you do, I’d really appeciate any caps you have of Blanche Ingram, played by Mary Tamm, for some fanart that I’m doing. My email address is

    Fingers crossed!

    Comment by Kaite — February 11, 2007 @ 9:30 pm |Reply

  10. Hi, I’ve got exactly the same question as Kaite.. I hope you still read this since it’s been a while someone left a comment. My email adress is

    Thank you in advance!

    (Sorry if my English sucks; I’m from the Netherlands)

    Comment by Paulien — October 16, 2007 @ 11:07 am |Reply

  11. I was excited to see that you had posted screencaps for jane eyre 1983 but when I clicked on the pics the website or link does not exist can you pls put the pics up again thank you if u can:)

    Comment by sofia — March 17, 2008 @ 3:05 am |Reply

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