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Films on the to-do list

  • Armageddon Time
  • Black Widow
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Last Christmas
  • Remember Sunday
  • Shazam! 2
  • Thor: Love and Thunder
  • Spy Guys

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


  • 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.


  • 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


An easily distracted and over-excited introvert who never learns to go to bed at a reasonable time. Enjoys traveling (when there's not a plague on), and taking photos of European architecture. Cares for cats, good coffee and Boardwalk Empire. A child of her time, she did media studies in school and still can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

7 thoughts on “All About the Brontës challenge 2010

  1. That’s what I’m hoping for! 😀 Just a shame I can’t post a comment on that blog post itself, because it’s got the weird Blogger bug where a JavaScript error removes the whole commenting box. 🙁

  2. I desperately need to re-read Jane Eyre. Haven’t done that in ages! And I need to rewatch the 2006 film about 12 times…I need a Toby Stephens fix. 🙂 He’s so adorable in Wildfell Hall, too…

    Okay, gonna go swoon now… 🙂

  3. Wow – very ambitious! I love that you are listening to the radio versions too. Do you own them all or where do you get them? I’ve watched almost all of the movies, but I have never listened to the radio versions. I’m intrigued.

    Welcome to the challenge – I can’t wait to read your reviews!

  4. @Ruth: Right behind you with the TS swooning! 😀

    @Laura: Thank you! And thank you for setting up the challenge! 🙂 Would’ve commented on your blog, but there’s an issue with the commenting box (which I’ve found only goes away if commenting is switched to pop-up window). I found the radio versions (+ 1934 film) downloadable from http://eyreguide.bravehost.com/ 🙂

  5. I will be curious to see how you like Wide Sargasso Sea-try to look at it for its own artistic merits as well as as a Jane Eyre prequel-any way will be interested to see your take on it

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