I've found the Movie Memes the past few weeks a little difficult to do; the themes have not necessarily been my genre and so I've had to think outside the box to find a film to fit the bill. Therefore, when Hannah divulged last week's theme as 'book adaptations' I was more than happy to crack on. Unfortunately life got in the way and so I find myself the night before the deadline desperately trying to finish my homework and submit!
Way back in the mists of time when I was in my early teens, I discovered the marvels of Jane Eyre. I have always loved books but back then graduating from Enid Blyton to Charlotte Bronte was a big task, however one which I persevered with. I fell in love with the book and the brooding Mr. Rochester there and then. However, it is not (oh my word, I have stopped using contractions; I fear that the writing influence of the sisters Bronte may have infringed upon this manuscript!) the ever so naive Jane which I want to wax lyrical about; it is her literary cousin Cathy.
If you have not read Wuthering Heights then shame on you (shush now, literary spectres of the past) because it is the most amazing love story between a young and innocent boy held back in life by his poverty, and the ultimate bad girl who corrupted him. Yes I do mean it that way around. If you honestly think that Heathcliff (swoon) was a bad boy before he met that tart then you need to read the book again! Their love stories transcends time and generations of their own family. The book has time and time again been voted the best love story, for good reason.
There have been several film adaptations and whilst the 2009 one starring Tom Hardy was good (I'm not even going to mention the American MTV modernisation starring Katherine Heigl), he will never fill Ralph Fiennes leather boots. Long before any patient, English or other nationality, was attended to, he starred in this 1992 classic with Juliette Binoche. The chemistry, mischief, angst and loss that the pair of them portray in their acting youth is just astounding. The melody that follows the highs and lows throughout the film is haunting. Nearly 20 years since I first saw it and I still get overwhelmed with the film.
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