In Which the Brontesque Returns with a Vengence
In the course of keeping this blog I have come across a huge number of films, books and and ‘other’ which are branded ‘Bronte’ or rather ‘Bronte-like.’ Things have been quiet for some time, but now Brontesque has broken out again. I am a little confused about this pair of Bronte references in a book review for Kept: A Comedy of Sex and Manners by Y. Euny Hong. The book is described thus:
The trouble with the aristocracy these days is that they just don’t sell as well as celebrities. With only middling beauty and brains, staggering debt, and a marked disdain for reputable employment, Judith “Jude” Lee—a descendent of Korean royalty with an utterly bourgeois fixation on class—is finally forced to turn herself over to a madam so upscale she makes Heidi Fleiss look untouchable.
And now, the Bronte references:
The secret, it turns out, to surviving in a city full of beauties and brains but few graces is a surfeit of sitcom-ready charm. This, for Jude, comes second nature, if not from her royal ancestors then from the ones she name-drops with far greater frequency—Becky Sharpe, Elizabeth Bennet, and Jane Eyre, and all the rest of those proto-capitalist players. With a flawless ear for hyperliterate one-liners (“Jung’s unchecked early years had made her untamed and feral, like a female Heathcliff”) and a sharp eye for a good deal (the adorable Kasporov double she chooses), Jude overcomes at least two dozen plot-breakers, easy as starving a peasant.
I am just trying to imagine someone who is at once like Becky Sharpe, Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Eyre and Heathcliff… The Amazon.com summary is far more comprehensible.