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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Team Emily or Team Charlotte?

As the latest Jane Eyre movie opened in US theaters earlier this month, filmmakers were busy putting the finishing to touches on a new adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

"The debate of 2011 is shaping up to be: Charlotte or Emily Bronte?" says the Daily Beast's Jennie Yabroff. "Ever since the release of Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights within months of each other in 1847, the Brontë sibling rivalry has been an epic war of words."

So here's the question of the day:

WHICH SISTER WAS THE BETTER AUTHOR?

(My slightly off kilter interpretation of the sisters from here.)

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15 Comments:

Blogger lisa golightly said...

Oh dear, I have no idea ! I DO know that I love these images. What great plates they would make !
Always a treat stopping by here ;)

March 22, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Kathy L said...

I'm definitely team Charlotte when it comes to the narrative (I prefer the story), but in my mind, their writing is almost equally strong. Emily might have the edge a bit because her characters are so well drawn. But, I'd like to put in a good word for Anne too! The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is one of my favorites reads.

March 22, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger curious constellation said...

I have yet to read Wuthering Heights although I doubt I could fall in love with it more than I did Jane Eyre.

March 22, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger kimberj said...

Team Charlotte! I could never understand the draw of Wuthering Heights whereas Jane Eyre is lovely and heartbreaking.

March 22, 2011 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Katie Bee said...

Oh, most surely both. I'm more vocal about loving Charlotte's work, but I could never really decide between the two (even if I've never really finished Wuthering Heights. Is that bad?).

March 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Bee said...

Team Charlotte all the way.

I just reread I Capture the Castle and I was amused by a conversation between Rose and Cassandra about what would be preferable: living in a Jane Austen novel or a Charlotte Bronte one. "Which would be nicest -- Jane with a touch of Charlotte, or Charlotte with a touch of Jane?" Cassandra concludes: "Fifty per cent each way would be perfect."

March 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

I am, unfortunately, not much of a Emily fan. I cringe a little when I remember Wuthering Heights. I do, however, LOVE Charlotte. For me, there is absolutely not contest. Charlotte every time.

March 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Krissy (Shimmer Like Gold) said...

I prefer Charlotte. Though having only read one book from either sister, I don't feel like that's such a solid platform to make an opinion. But I loathed Wuthering Heights. I had to force myself to finish. Jane Eyre, I loved.

March 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Lorene said...

I do love them both, but if I had to pick one, it would have to be Charlotte! I fell in love with Jane Eyre and I can't wait to see the movie!

March 23, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger debbie bailey said...

All the sisters are equal in my eyes. To come up with books like they did living in the middle of the Yorkshire moors...actually, maybe that's why they could come up with works like that. They had lots of peace and quiet and no distractions, except Branwell coming in drunk from a night spent at the Black Bull down the street.

March 24, 2011 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

I like wuthering heights better than Jane Eyre, but I'm looking forward to the film, especially because the one I was made to watch for my literature class (I think it was the 1996 one or something) missed the best parts of the book!

March 24, 2011 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Karolina said...

Emily, but I love James Joyce too, so maybe there is something wrong with me ;)

March 27, 2011 at 6:03 AM  
Blogger iva yaneva said...

I read Wuthering heights in highschool and I absolutely loved the first half. Then I was just kinda waiting for something to happen. But I had just finished reading Gone with the wind before that and it might have still had an influence on me. I still haven't read Jane Eyre which I started a couple of weeks ago :( I really haven't had the time to read at all! I am enjoying it a lot for now though :)

That didn't answer your question, did it? :D

March 28, 2011 at 2:46 AM  
Blogger *Jun* said...

Charlotte!!! I studied "Jane Eyre" for A levels&there's a tendency for people to resent books that they are 'forced' to read&analyze but I was quite enthralled by the storyline.

Wuthering Heights on the other hand became a lil bit of a chore to finish. I kinda gave up after a few chapters. I can't deny that Emily was a talented writer but the plot took quite a while to unfold and the use of language was more sophisticated (ie harder to read!).

March 28, 2011 at 5:38 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

maybe I'm weird but I LOVE Wuthering Heights. It was a little hard to understand my first time disecting it, but it has become a favorite! I think I'd have to say that Emily wins. (although Jane Eyre is on the top 10 list too!)

April 25, 2011 at 8:21 PM  

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